Government concerned about latest violence in Israeli-Palestinian crisis


Saying that Hamas had incited people to lob flaming objects toward the Israeli side of the border fence and urged protest marchers to breach it, Haley asked: "Who among us would accept this type of activity on your border?" "It's time to hold Israel accountable".

"It is the right of any nation to defend their border, but this is a devastating one-sided loss of life", she said. "I suggest that he not preach morality to us".

He called on Israel to use force proportionally and avoid using deadly force except as a last resort, a message echoed by the council's European members.

Israeli defence minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel did everything it could to prevent civilian casualties, but that Gaza's Hamas rulers were to blame for using them as human shields.

The meeting came as the office of the prosecutor of the world's permanent war crimes court on Wednesday expressed "grave concern" about escalating violence in Gaza, and said alleged crimes could be investigated.

Prime Minister Varadkar said he was profoundly shocked by the death toll.

Mr Varadkar said the ambassador was told of Ireland's "outrage" and desire for an independent worldwide investigation lead by the United Nations into the deaths.

Whatever their personal failings or policy mistakes, recent USA presidents sensibly put off the requirements of the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act, shifting the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to "protect their national security interests", knowing well that any imposed change in status of the contested city would spark violent Palestinian unrest, end the supposed American role of "honest broker" in the 70-year Palestinian-Israel dispute and prove the final nail in the coffin for a viable two-state solution.

The Russian top diplomat stated that Moscow was ready to fully facilitate dialogue between Palestine and Israel on the Jerusalem issue.

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Trump's rash decision to move the US embassy now has not only provided another cause for tragic violence in the region, it has thrown more obstacles in the way of a true peace process.

Prior to 1980, Guatemala and a dozen other countries maintained embassies in Jerusalem.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney also called on Israel to show restraint in the hours and days ahead.

The U.S. blocked it.

The director of Shifa's emergency department, which has only 20 beds, said his staff received 500 wounded patients on Monday, almost 20 percent of all the injuries that day across Gaza. He didn't immediately give details of his proposal. Consul general and several European countries summoned the Israeli ambassadors to their foreign ministries.

Palestinians have been protesting at Gaza's border with Israel in the lead up to the the most mournful day in their calendar.

The Gaza protesters hurled firebombs and stones towards Israeli troops across the border.

"We see all too often that journalists continue to pursue this important work", Nauert said, but her tone changed drastically when the name of Yaser Murtaja, a Palestinian journalist who was shot dead by an Israeli sniper during Gaza protests despite wearing a press jacket, was mentioned. One Twitter user even garnered thousands of retweets for his criticism of The New York Times - which, in a tweet, used the passive voice in describing the nature of Palestinian deaths.

Each accused the other's country of violating worldwide law.