Israel commits state terrorism and war crimes: Abbas of Palestine
Israel carries out “organized state terrorism and war crimes” in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday, adding that Tel Aviv’s offensive campaign is punishable by international law.
In a televised address Wednesday, he said the Palestinians “will not hesitate to prosecute those who commit such crimes in international courts.”
Abbas, who is the head of the internationally backed Palestinian Authority (PA), whose forces were driven from Gaza when Hamas came to power in 2007, accused Israel of “brutal attacks on civilians and of deliberate shelling of homes, âaccording to the Associated Press (AP) reported.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that the campaign of bombing the Gaza Strip was aimed at deterring Hamas but did not rule out a campaign to “conquer” the leaders of the enclave.
“There are only two ways to deal with them,” he said of Hamas during a briefing in Tel Aviv for a group of foreign ambassadors. “You can either defeat them, and that’s always an open possibility, or you can deter them, and we are currently engaged in aggressive deterrence, but I have to say that we are not ruling out anything.”
Gaza health officials say 221 Palestinians have been killed, including 63 children, and more than 1,530 injured since the fighting began on May 10. The toll of Israeli raids against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank has risen to four, according to the Palestinian health ministry. said Wednesday. The number of people displaced by Israel’s ongoing offensive on the Gaza Strip has climbed to more than 58,000, the UN said on Tuesday.
The bloodshed in Gaza was preceded by days of tension and Israeli aggression in occupied East Jerusalem, where hundreds of Palestinians were assaulted by Israeli forces at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a holy flashpoint for Muslims, and in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. Israel also threatened to evict dozens of Palestinian families, whose homes were claimed by Jewish settlers.
Israel claimed on Wednesday that it did not set a timetable for an end to hostilities with Gaza as its army pounded the Palestinian enclave with airstrikes, killing six more.
As a sign of diplomatic movement, however, an Egyptian security source said the two sides agreed to a principled ceasefire after mediators helped, but details were being negotiated in secret amid denials. public of a deal to keep it from collapsing.
In comments reported by Israeli media during a closed-door question-and-answer session, he was quoted as saying, âWe are not standing with a stopwatch. We want to achieve the objectives of the operation. The previous operations lasted a long time, so it is not possible to set a deadline, “according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).
Nearly 450 buildings in densely populated Gaza have been destroyed or severely damaged, including six hospitals and nine primary health care centers, and more than 52,000 Palestinians have been displaced, the UN humanitarian agency said.
The damage left large craters and piles of rubble across the coastal enclave, and compounded long-standing concerns about living conditions in Gaza.
“Anyone who wants to know more about the humanity of the (Israelis) should come to the Gaza Strip and look at the houses that were destroyed in addition to those who lived there,” said university professor Ahmed al-Astal, standing near the rubble of his home in Khan Younis in southern Gaza. He said there was no warning before his house was destroyed in a pre-dawn airstrike.
Meanwhile, a senior Russian official warned the Israeli ambassador on Wednesday that the actions that led to a further rise in civilian casualties in Gaza were unacceptable, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
A French government spokesperson said “very intense discussions” are underway with the United States over a United Nations Security Council resolution that was proposed by France in coordination with Egypt. and Jordan. The proposed resolution aims to end hostilities between Israel and Hamas. States have blocked the most powerful UN body from issuing a press release calling for an end to the violence, insisting it will not help diplomatic efforts to end the conflict.
French President Emmanuel Macron and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi held talks in Paris earlier this week on the issue and they had a meeting on Tuesday with Jordan’s King Abdullah II via video conference. In a joint statement, France, Egypt and Jordan said they “called on the parties to immediately agree to a ceasefire.” They also said they would work with the UN and other partners to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza.