Rare exchange of fire between Israeli troops and Palestinian security

Cheryl Sanders
June 13, 2019

The Palestinian Red Crescent organization said in a statement he had been hit in the face by a rubber-coated bullet while performing his humanitarian duties in northern Gaza on May 3. The right-wing Sovereignty Movement, which has pushed hard to make West Bank annexation a mainstream enough idea for the likes of Netanyahu to be adopting, was delighted that the United States has adopted "a policy that will bring stability, peace ... and security". But part of that plan, which Arafat turned down, was that Israeli would retain some of the West Bank.

"The ambassador, the secretary and everyone who is involved in the Middle East peace plan, in this entire administration, is working towards a comprehensive and lasting peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians", she continued. PLO official Wasel Abu Yusef said that Palestinians will "voice their rejection of all American policies".

The Israeli military, again, claimed that the overnight attack was an instance of apparent mistaken identity, and Israeli media has reported details of the incident as a "firefight."Palestinian sources report that there was no retaliatory fire exchanged". "These are all things that we'd want to understand, and I don't want to prejudge".

In April, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a campaign promise to annex the territory.

Friedman's stance, said Sovereignty Movement activists, is a "natural" step now that the Trump administration has recognized Jerusalem as capital and moved the embassy there, and accepted Israeli sovereignty over the Golan.

Ofer Cassif, lawmaker for the mostly Arab party Hadash-Ta'al, wrote to Friedman asking him to revoke his comments.

Nablus Governor Ibrahim Ramdan said that in the early morning hours a large Israeli military force besieged and opened fire at a Palestinian Preventive Security compound "surprisingly, directly and unjustifiably", injuring an officer and smashing several windows. And he's also right that the United States is not opposed to Israel's holding on to at least some of the West Bank in the event of a theoretical peace agreement that the Palestinians clearly have no interest in negotiating, let alone signing.

More than 260 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces ever since anti-occupation protest rallies began in the Gaza Strip on March 30, 2018.

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