Hamas Restored Calm to Gaza After Warnings From Egypt — Israeli Intelligence Minister

  • Hamas Restored Calm to Gaza After Warnings From Egypt — Israeli Intelligence Minister

Hamas Restored Calm to Gaza After Warnings From Egypt — Israeli Intelligence Minister

Israel said Wednesday that Palestinian protests on the Gaza-Israel border have dropped off dramatically, citing what it said were Egyptian efforts to restore calm. Maleeha Lodhi expressed "deepest condolences" to Palestinian brothers and sisters on Monday's atrocity committed by Israel.

As protests die down on the Israel-Gaza border where dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire this week, Reuters' Emily Wither speaks to some of the two million people facing crippling unemployment and blockade in the narrow strip. Shimon Koffler Fogel - CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) - said Trudeau's stance "contradicts the government's long-stated position that, as a close ally and fellow liberal democracy, Israel can count on Canada's support when its security is threatened".

The recent surge of additional Marines to safeguard several American diplomatic outposts in the Middle East was not driven by recent violence surrounding the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem, Pentagon officials said Thursday.

In keeping with a decision by the global community, successive American administrations were careful not to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Prosecutors called on all parties to avoid further escalation, the source said.

The deadliest demonstrations came on Monday and coincided with the USA moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem - reflecting the Trump administration's recognition of that city as the capital of Israel.

Israel has sought to fend off worldwide criticism over Monday's violence, with the United States strongly backing its close ally and blaming the deaths on Hamas.

But there's also the problem of expanding the worldwide recognition of Jerusalem.

Israel has, with support from the US administration, accused Hamas of using civilians as human shields for attacks across the fence and to distract from Gaza's internal problems.

Israel is the only country that has a dedicated agenda item at the council, a mechanism that the United States and some European countries have criticized.

Some other Latin American nations could also be considering moving their embassies to the city. During the telephone conversation, the two sides discussed the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people and the arrangements of the emergency Islamic summit.

Foreign ministers at an extraordinary meeting of the Arab League in Cairo Thursday also called on the United Nations to form an worldwide committee to investigate the killings. "No condemnation is enough of the brutal massacre of women and children by Israeli forces".

"My first words are to deplore the tragic loss of lives and suffering in Gaza and to express my deep sadness and condolences to the Palestinian people", Guterres said in a statement read by Deputy Secretary General Louise Frechette at the UN's NY headquarters.

"People on the right think that Israel has successfully defended its border against people who tried to cross the border and actually interfere with its sovereignty", she said.

Arab Israelis tend to side with the Gazans, Hermann added.

- Strongly condemning the recurrent Israeli assaults on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and allowing settlers, under the sight of Israeli security forces to enter the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and recite Talmudic prayers.

Instead, the lives of generations of Palestinians and Israelis have been defined and confined by a conflict that has shaped their physical and human landscape under a heavy atmosphere of fear, mutual distrust.

Speaking at the Arab League meeting, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki called on Arab states to recall their ambassadors from the United States in protest. Ms Ardern has criticised the decision to open the embassy, calling it a backwards step in the progress towards peace.