A joint statement of 16 groups, among them Israel’s B’Tselem, Peace Now and Rabbis for Human Rights along with Amnesty International, said they has asked Israel’s attorney general to intervene.
“What’s at stake now is the danger of another massacre in the Gaza Strip. Controlled, measured, not too massive, but nonetheless a massacre. When Israeli officers, politicians and commentators talk about “the next round,” they’re talking about the next massacre,” writes Gideon Levy.
The Trump administration said it was “concerned about the humanitarian situation in Gaza,” but said its Hamas rulers were responsible.
“By needlessly trying to get Abbas to adopt Netanyahu-friendly language, Kerry missed an opportunity to advance the cause of peace by realigning U.S. positions for future talks,” writes Dan Rothem.
A senior Israeli official said that the visit may take place next week or right after Ramadan ends June 24.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday appeared to walk back his statement that the Palestinians intend to end the practice of paying the families of terrorists jailed for attacking or killing Israelis.
Security and humanitarian issues were discussed by the two sides, marking a thaw in the Egypt-Hamas relationship.
The timing of all this could not be worse, with Hamas already under pressure from the electricity crisis.
Fatah’s dismissed senior official Mohammed Dahlan met on Sunday in Cairo with Hamas Gaza leader Yahya Sinwar in an attempt to advance a solution for Gaza’s economic crisis.
In the past two months alone, eight covert Jewish terrorist attacks have been recorded within the Green Line and in the Wes Bank: In Arab communities in Wadi Ara, in the northern village of Na’ura, in Jerusalem, and in Palestinian villages around the settlement of Yitzhar.
“As usual, the logic on which the Israeli PM bases his ‘peace’ proposals does not take into account the Palestinian vision,” writes Zvi Bar’el.
The plan, Channel 2 news reported Wednesday, would see 14,000 new apartments built on 2,500 dunams (617 acres) in Israeli-controlled Area C surrounding the city. It would potentially double the city’s population from 50,000 to 110,000.
The idea isn’t so much to turn Israelis into Orthodox Jews, but to get them to identify with the worldview of a party identified with settlements, says one critic.