Palestinian leaders have accused Israel of a war crime after military tractors destroyed around a thousand olive and almond trees belonging to local farmers on the grounds that they were illegally planted on state land.
Tel Aviv seeks to prevent release of findings of UN investigation into Israeli war crimes against Palestinians in Gaza. Netanyahu claimed that “whoever wants a baseless automatic accusation against Israel can waste their time reading the UN report.”
Israeli military announced Thursday it has exonerated itself for killing four children on a beach in Gaza during last summer's seven-week military assault on the besieged strip, prompting outrage from family members and international journalists who witnessed the attack. The children were struck and killed by Israeli explosives while they played soccer on Gaza City's beach. In addition three people aged 11 to 21 severely wounded.
Secretary-General to decide whether Israel will be included on final list of violators of children's rights due to the large number of children killed in the war in Gaza last summer.
Huckabee :“We must educate world,” Israelis have done more to bring prosperity, peace, and liberty to people; Palestine is better off under Israeli control because of sidewalks, hospitals, and schools that Palestinians “never had before.” Israel’s boundaries “not given by United Nations,” but by “almighty God.” He and people with likeminded policy views about Israel constitute a “world of sanity against the insanity.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was committed to establishment of a Palestinian state, calls on Palestinian leadership to return to negotiations unconditionally. "I remain committed to the idea the only way we can achieve a lasting peace is through the concept of two states for two peoples, a demilitarised Palestinian state that recognises the Jewish nation state of Israel.
World Bank report: Gaza's economy is on the "verge of collapse,"unemployment rate there is now the highest in the world, calling on Israel and international donors to remedy the situation.
It charged that "blockades, war and poor governance have strangled" the economy.
The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty finalized Wednesday, immediately sparking Israeli ire and accusations the move hurt peace prospects. Israeli Foreign Ministry said it was "disappointed.."United States and Israel oppose recognition.
sraeli forces arrestedPalestinian journalist Amin Abdul Aziz Abu Wardeh, 48, general manager of the Asda news website bringing the total number of journalists imprisoned by Israel to 20. The longest serving journalist is reporter for the Sawt al-Haq wa al-Hurriya newspaper, Mahmoud Moussa Issa, who has been imprisoned since 1994.
The 1948 “Absentees’ Property Law” allowed the state to seize homes to redistribute to incoming Jews. Israeli Supreme Court ruled the law can be applied to occupied East Jerusalem, allowing Israel to seize property of Palestinian owners if they live in the occupied West Bank.
About a week ago, Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of Mezad, in the southern West Bank near the city of Hebron, cut down approximately 1,200 Palestinian olive trees in an act of environmental terrorism, a vindictive act aimed at intimidating their Palestinian neighbours and economically crippling many Palestinian farmers who rely on harvesting olives to make a living.
"The issue is being discussed with Russia’s leaders. The date of the visit is to be agreed through diplomatic channels. Some day in the first half of this year is a possibility."
Hundreds of Palestinians were evacuated from their homes Sunday morning after Israeli authorities opened a number of dams near the border, flooding the Gaza Valley.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's official visit to Sweden has aggravated further tensions between Tel Aviv and Stockholm, and added fuel to the flame of the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Palestinians will open their first embassy in Stockholm, Sweden; the first western EU country to recognise Palestine as a state.
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