Well, the palestinians celebrated their new "unity" government by doing what comes naturally: trying to provoke more bloodshed with the Israelis.
And, as with most causes that seem to inflame the violent tendencies of the palestinians and, in many cases, the arab world as a whole, it's over something that the rest of the world should just be shaking its head at.
The palis went a-rioting in Jerusalem today and arab religious pinheads around the ME began their traditional wailing for blood because the Israelis have the audacity to replace a damaged ramp leading to the Dome of the Rock. Despite the fact that area is just as sacred to Jews, the arab world is claiming the Israelis are trying to destroy it, blah, blah, blah, lie, lie, lie, let's go on a killing spree...
This will likely spread in the usual way, ending with dozens of dead arab bodies either in clashes with Israelis or from firing guns around all over the place during their own bloody rallies. Already, there were demonstrations, and in some cases violent exchanges in Egypt, the West Bank, Jordan and Syria. And, they're just getting started!
It's really hard not to be really cynical about what's going on in the Middle East. I, for damned sure, haven't got a clue what the answer is to the question of how you drag this kind of "culture" into the 21st century. Nothing seems to work.
Keep in mind, while Israel is doing a repair project, the palestinians - and they're not alone - have very deliberately and frequently damaged/destroyed non-muslim religious buildings and artifacts, the most prominent example being the completely barbaric treatment of the Church of the Nativity when terrorists used it as a hideout while trying to escape the IDF.
This will never end at Israel. Israel is the western world's canary in a coal mine, if it goes under serious attack and the west can't work up the nerve to retaliate, we are completely and irrevocably fucked. Because this isn't about Israel and arabs; it's about culture and destruction.
On Thursday, the palestinians announced their long-sought unity government in Mecca. Hamas agreed to "respect" previous PLO agreements with Israel (too bad the PLO never really did and we all know Hamas doesn't mean it). They did not, however, renounce violence against Israel or recognize it or its right to exist.
In other words, the palestinian government is no closer to meeting any of its commitments under the Roadmap to Peace (ha, ha!) than it was before. But, watch...the pressure will be on to treat it that way and to restore funding to the palis so they can use it to continue their corrupt and violent ways.
Sometimes I wonder if we're even dumber than they are...