US abdicates leadership by refusing to criticize Israel (Your letters)

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The exchange of fire east of Jabalia came after weeks of mass protests and clashes on the Gaza border, which peaked on Monday when some 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces.

On Tuesday, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas withdrew his top representative to the US.

A Hamas terrorist group official said on Wednesday that 50 of the group's members were among the 62 people killed during border clashes with Israeli forces on Monday, according to Times of Israel.

And in an apparent protest of the Palestinian leadership, she left the United Nations meeting before a diplomat representing the region could fully respond.

He added: "I think they (Israel) are on the brink of making a decision about the Turkish ambassador in Jerusalem".

"We believe that you know Hamas is responsible for these tragic deaths, that their rather cynical exploitation of the situation, it is what's leading to these deaths and we want them to stop", he said.

In a contrast, Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, along with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, were inaugurating the U.S. embassy around the same time attack was meted on Palestinians in Gaza. "The death toll alone warrants such a comprehensive inquiry", British Ambassador Karen Pierce said.

President Donald Trump was warned that moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would stoke the coals of conflict in the volatile region.

Palestinians, however, claim East Jerusalem, which is part of the West Bank, as the capital of a future state.

A small group of Indian protestors hold placards to condemn what they say is Israel's aggression against Palestinians and the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem as they gather in New Delhi India Thursday
US abdicates leadership by refusing to criticize Israel (Your letters)

Trump's rash decision to move the USA 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. "Israel did exactly what America is doing, and the world ought to condemn, A, Hamas and also the media that incentivizes and encourages Hamas to do this by reporting in such a biased manner".

Now the U.S.is an unlikely facilitator for peace.

In a statement released afterwards, a spokesperson for Mr Coveney said: "Our mission in Ramallah reports that emergency responders in Gaza and the Strips' health services are overwhelmed with the level of casualties". He didn't immediately give details of his proposal.

South Africa and Turkey recalled their ambassadors to Israel, and Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador to Ankara.

The demonstration in Gaza Monday culminated a weekslong Palestinian campaign against a blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt after Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007.

"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.

Israel isn't a U.N. Security Council member, nor are the Palestinians. In his United Nations remarks, the Palestinian ambassador said "Israel occupation forces" were to blame for the "massacre" at the border.

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

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