Pompeo says US open to "two-party solution" for Israeli-Palestinian conflict
- Author: Megan Austin May 01, 2018,
May 01, 2018, 4:53
After five weekends of bloody clashes on the Gaza border, Israel's high court on Monday considered a number of petitions filed by human rights groups aimed at forcing the army to reconsider its use of live fire to quell the protests.
The court is not expected to rule before next week, in what human rights lawyer Michael Sfard said is the first broad review of the army's rules of engagement in nearly three decades. We certainly believe the Israelis and Palestinians need to have political engagement. No Israeli soldiers or civilians have been injured in the nonviolent protests.
Israel has refused any right of return for Palestinians who were expelled or fled and became refugees after the country declared independence in 1948, fearing it would lose its Jewish majority.
To his part, Secretary of the Central Committee of the Fatah movement, Major General Jibril Rajoub, said that the outputs of the Palestinian National Council will respond to conspiracies and attempts to undermine the Palestinian cause, especially the so-called "deal of the century" and Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Pompeo also urged the Palestinians to return to being politically engaged with Israel.
Hamas leaders have issued warnings about a possible border breach, but stopped short of specific threats.
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And if we don't keep addressing the issue then and constantly beg Congress to listen to us, if we don't do that then they won't. On April 20, 199, about 19 years ago, the shooting massacre at Columbine High School stunned the nation.
The impact of the permits system reverberates in numerous ways, directly or indirectly affecting the lives of almost all the 4.5 million Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The protests are to culminate May 15, the anniversary of Israel's founding. Typically, smaller groups move closer to the fence, throwing stones, burning tires and or hurling firebombs.
Last Friday, hundreds of Palestinians converged on a stretch of fence, trying to burn and rip through it before drawing heavy Israeli fire.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claims that the Israeli regime has the "right to defend" itself against Palestinian protesters, as dozens of Palestinian demonstrators have so far lost their lives in the besieged Gaza Strip in recent weeks, stressing that Washington is "fully supportive" of what Tel Aviv does against the people of Palestine. Abbas said Monday that he will do so only if Hamas hands over all authority - an unlikely prospect since the militant group refuses to give up control over its weapons.
Three Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers in two separate incidents on the border with Gaza.