Saturday, 07 December, 2019

Renewed rocket fire into Israel jolts tenuous Gaza truce

Israeli military admits to martyring eight members of Palestinian family by mistake Israel launches airstrikes after being hit by Islamic Jihad's rockets
Travis Berry | 19 November, 2019, 00:25

Minutes earlier, sirens sounded in the middle of the night in Beersheba, the largest city in southern Israel, some 35 km (18 miles) from the Gaza border, warning of incoming fire.

"There will never be a judicial resolution" to the conflict, Pompeo said, noting it can only be solved by negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians. "What we did here was conduct a legal analysis", Pompeo added.

"Calling the establishment of settlement inconsistent with worldwide law has not worked", he added.

In recent months, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to push forward with incorporating the West Bank settlements into Israel proper, a move widely interpreted as a prelude to annexation.

Pompeo said the United States was "gravely concerned" with the "seeping political unrest and violence in Hong Kong", especially the weekend standoff between police and protesters at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers live in outposts in the West Bank, which Israel's military captured in a 1967 war and continues to rule, controlling the lives of more than 2.5 million Palestinians. "Standing up to the Trump administration's reckless disregard for human rights today also means standing up to decades of Israeli human rights violations by ending our blank check to Israel and defunding the occupation once and for all".

"The support we received in many sectors in the USA, including Democrats, Republicans and within the State Department, created a critical mass", said Psagot CEO Yaakov Berg.

Pompeo said the move was not meant to prejudge the status of the West Bank, which the Palestinians hope will become part of an eventual Palestinian state as part of a wider resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

WWII submarine lost 75 years ago located off coast of Japan
A determined American explorer has discovered a submarine lost for 75 years-and the final resting place of 80 American servicemen. Iwasaki reviewed files that included daily radio reports that the naval air base at Naha, Okinawa received at the time.

"This isn't just about Trump, as bad as Trump is, as awful as a president he is", she said.

The worldwide community overwhelmingly considers the settlements illegal.

The anti-settlement monitoring group Peace Now, along with reporting by The Associated Press, has found a sharp increase in settlement planning and construction since Trump took office.

"Once again, with this announcement, the Trump administration is demonstrating the extent to which it's threating the global system with its unceasing attempts to replace worldwide law with the 'law of the jungle, '" the statement said.

"This is for the Israelis and the Palestinians to negotiate", he said, saying the US decision was not meant "to compel a particular outcome nor create any legal obstacle to a negotiated resolution".

According to a report published by Israel-based news publication Haaretz, the Israeli officials said that the military had mistakenly identified the building in the Deir al-Balah area as empty.

After the war, Israel immediately annexed East Jerusalem, home to the holy city's most important religious sites, in a move that is not recognized by most countries.

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