News and Analysis (3/22/10)

“It’s a very dangerous statement made by a prime minister… If the country is going to unravel, this is the period when it would happen” – Joost Hiltermann, an Iraq expert at the International Crisis Group:

Following the deaths of four Palestinian teenagers shot by IDF forces using live ammunition, Netanyahu announces he will continue to approve construction in East Jerusalem …

… Meanwhile, “U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Israel to end its blockade on Gaza” as Israeli forces target one of the few lifelines available to its suffocating victims:

Several other relatives of the head of the Assembly of Experts were “held briefly for joining rallies in June, when the unrest first erupted” last June:

Hezb-e-Islami, founded by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, lead a five-member delegation in Kabul to meet with government officials and to meet with Taliban leaders somewhere in Afghanistan:

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