Sunday, June 28, 2009

Hey Zahal, duck!

In this photo taken Sunday, June 14, 2009 Palestinian security officers loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas train in the West Bank town of Jenin. In a military-style exercise, everything went according to script: U.S.-trained Palestinian commandos, faces smeared with black camouflage paint and moves carefully choreographed, stormed a mock militants' hideout in an abandoned building, 'wounding' one gunman and arresting a second. Yet reality is far less accommodating in the Israel-controlled West Bank, where Palestinian forces try to expand islands of limited authority by proving their effectiveness, including by going after Hamas militants.(AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

It's just a matter of time before U.S. - trained Palestinian commandos are pointing their US supplied weapons, tactics and training at Israelis.