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Palestinian official skeptical about next Israeli government

Contributed by on April 27, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Three Israeli soldiers were indicted for offenses allegedly committed during last summer’s Gaza war, the army reported Sunday.

Among others, Maj.-Gen. Efroni ordered the military police to open criminal investigations into six potentially unlawful acts, including the shelling of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) School in Jabalia on July 30 that killed 21 people and injured over 100. The military said it repeatedly tried to find the owner of the building but attempts were unsuccessful.

An Israeli report in March said that more than 350 Israeli soldiers who took part in the deadly Israeli war had received treatment for symptoms related to post-traumatic stress, including disorientation, low productivity, and recurring nightmares.

However, the inquiry did not just place blame ad the hands of the Israelis.It also said that weapons had been found at three empty UN schools in Gaza, and that there was evidence to suggest that Palestinian militants had “probably” fired from them.

Reports of Israeli assaults against UN schools providing shelter to thousands of displaced Palestinians prompted the UN chief last November to set up a commission to analyze specific incidents in which civilians were killed and damage done to premises.

Most countries consider settlements that Israel has built on territory captured in a 1967 war illegal and obstacles to Palestinian statehood.

Speaking to a gathering of international reporters, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that Netanyahu’s comments were irresponsible and would cause despair among Palestinians.

Yousef said they are waiting for Prime Minister Netanyahu to form a government “so things can get more serious” because “European diplomats and civil society activists” are currently transmitting the opinions of Tel Aviv and Hamas “through unofficial chats.” He hinted that issues that have been raised include lifting the siege by opening a seaport to connect to the outside world.

He added that Palestinians would never be allowed to establish their capital in the city in case of his reelection, adding, “I won’t let that happen.My friends and I in Likud will preserve the unity of (East al-Quds) Jerusalem”.

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