Israel, Palestinians spar over new Jerusalem embassies

Erika Holt
May 18, 2018

Tens of thousands have protested along Gaza's border with Israel since March 30 calling for Palestinian refugees to be able to return to their homes now inside Israel.

Israel's intelligence minister, Israel Katz, said on Wednesday neighbouring Egypt had put pressure on Hamas, the armed Islamist faction that controls the Gaza Strip, to scale back the protests.

Putin and Erdogan also discussed the Syrian settlement and Russian-Turkish cooperation in the energy sector.

As the council met Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley laid blame for Monday's violence on the Hamas extremists who rule Gaza and insisted it had nothing to do with the opening of a U.S. embassy in contested Jerusalem, a move that infuriated Palestinians.

Some 116 Palestinians have been killed since the protests began. The Palestinians want east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, and view the relocation of the embassy as a one-sided move that invalidates the a Mideast peace broker.

Following Netanyahu's criticism, Turkey expelled Israeli Ambassador Eitan Na'eh, prompting Israel to respond in kind, ousting Turkey's consul to Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greeted Guatemala's move. The callous way in which Israel dealt with the protests shows the utter disregard Tel Aviv and the global community have for Palestinian lives.

USA Embassy in Jerusalem
USA embassy sign- waiting for the Jubilee
USA Embassy in Jerusalem USA embassy sign- waiting for the Jubilee

The officers, whom the army insisted could not be identified, rejected the outcry from critics, saying that each day of protests they had witnessed attacks on the fence and military infrastructure, and that Hamas had exploited the civilian protesters in order to try to break through. Some burned tires, hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails, floated incendiary kites, and attempted to destroy border fencing.

It happened as USA officials opened a new embassy in Jerusalem. "And Israel is in a very hard situation, when probably large numbers of people want to enter Israel from a place that has been threatening Israel for some years now", Hoyer said to The Intercept.

The move comes after Israeli forces killed more than 60 Palestinians and wounded over 2,700 in Gaza's bloodiest day since the 2014 war between Hamas and Israel. In a joint statement after the meeting, they said that Hamas needed to avoid "provocations" and violence, but that Israel's military must "exercise maximum restraint" in using lethal force.

But it's convenient for the global community, and in particular the mainstream media, to ignore what's said in Arabic as they pursue an agenda that's grossly biased against Israel.

The Israeli military has come under heavy global criticism for firing on unarmed protesters, and faces accusations of using disproportionate force.

An estimated 40,000 Palestinians went to the border on Monday - the 70th anniversary of Israel's establishment as a nation state.

IDF released footage of a Hamas terrorist explaining how the group manipulated Palestinians in Gaza to rush the border with Israel. They said the Palestinians would not accept medicine "from the murderers of our people".

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