Palestinian Medic Shot in Gaza by Israeli Forces Succumbs to Wounds

Bullet holes in Palestinian Security Services HQ

Bullet holes in Palestinian Security Services HQ

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 Trump administration recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital in 2017 and Palestinians have seen cuts in U.S. funding that have contributed to their economic distress in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The State Department official said they had nothing further to add when asked if the U.S. considers Israeli settlement construction to be illegal.

Israeli soldiers invaded, Wednesday, a Palestinian area near the Qalandia Terminal, north of occupied East Jerusalem, and demolished a residential building, in addition to commercial sheds, and injured many Palestinians.

Gilad Erdan, a government minister and Likud politician, praised the idea of annexation and said that the Trump administration's mindset is "the only one that could bring about change" and convince the Palestinians that boycotts and terror won't bring them achievements.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raised the prospect of annexing some parts of the West Bank in the final days of the recent election campaign in an effort to rally conservative voters.

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"We have said it many times, that all the money in the world, if it is being put to us in exchange for giving up on our right to Jerusalem as our capital or the right to establish our independent Palestinian state, we will choose the second and not the first", he stated.

No casualties were reported on the Israeli side. By contrast, Ofran noted that Friedman spoke about Israel having a "right" to parts of the West Bank - he didn't merely say an option to negotiate to this end - and said that the context of Netanyahu's sovereignty push suggests that he was giving a green light to Israeli annexation.

Ofran said she is anxious for the prospect of peace as, with Friedman's comments, the United States is spurning the basic assumption of all peace discussions since 2000.

"When no one challenges statements about annexation, including the secretary of state. you can't help reach the conclusion that this is a fundamental reorientation in policy to basically undermine the traditional USA approach" of a two-state solution and "some reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians".

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