Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

Hamas offers Israel quiet on Gaza border if airstrikes reduced

Hamas offers Israel quiet on Gaza border if airstrikes reduced

Relations with South Africa and Turkey are not that important to Israel, so if they "want their ambassadors back home, they are most welcome", former national security adviser Yaakov Amidror said on Tuesday. There is no justification for the killing. "It certainly does not serve the cause of peace", said Mladenov via video teleconference from Jerusalem.

He also said Hamas wanted to mobilise about a million people to cross the border and that clashes started when about 40,000 attempted to cross over and attack villages in Jerusalem, resulting in the bloodiest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since a 2014 Gaza war.

Protesters burnt tyres, sending huge plumes of black smoke into the sky, threw stones and some of them brandished knives at Israeli soldiers, including snipers perched on earthworks.

Israel has a responsibility to calibrate its use of force, to not use lethal forces, except as a last resort under imminent threat of death or serious injury, he said. "Make no mistake, Hamas is pleased with the results from yesterday", she said, adding that the United States decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem was the right thing to do. On Friday, some demonstrators entered and attacked the Garden of Peace, the main crossing channel for food and fuel to the Palestinians.

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Tens of thousands of people in Gaza have been protesting for over six weeks.

The United Nations resolutions are based on the following principles: A Palestinian State and an Israeli State based on the 1967 lines; Jerusalem as the capital of both States; an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories; and the return of Palestinian refugees.

The embassy move, which dramatically underscored United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel s capital, infuriated the Palestinians and was widely criticized, but on Tuesday the Security Council proved unable, once again, to reach consensus. "The status of Jerusalem should be determined in a negotiated settlement between Israel and Palestinians, and Jerusalem should ultimately be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian states", she pointed out.

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