Israel Acted with “restraint” in its Deadly Confrontation with Palestinian Terrorists
Tuesday, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said that Israel had acted with “restraint” in its deadly confrontation with Palestinians at the Gaza border, while Kuwait’s Ambassador urged the UN Security Council to offer protection to unarmed Palestinians.
After Ambassadors joined in a moment of silence for the 57 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces divisions among council members quickly re-emerged.
Amb. Haley said Israel was facing Hamas extremists who incited people who lobbed flaming objects toward the Israeli side of the border fence and urged protest marchers to breach it.
“Who among us would accept this type of activity on your border? No one would,” she said. “No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.”
Amb. Haley also insisted the violence had nothing to do with the opening of a US Embassy in Jerusalem, saying that Gaza’s Hamas rulers have been inciting violence there for years. Palestinians condemned the Embassy opening as taking Israel’s side in their conflict.
At last count 57 Palestinians were killed and over 1,200 wounded by Israeli gunfire amid mass protests Monday. Israel said its troops were defending its border and accused Hamas militants of trying to attack under the cover of the protest.
Earlier Monday, the Palestinian U.N. envoy urged the United Nations’ most powerful body to condemn the killings. Israel, meanwhile, called on the council to condemn Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules the coastal strip and led the protests.
The Israeli military said Hamas tried to carry out bombing and shooting attacks under the cover of the protests and released video of protesters ripping away parts of the barbed-wire border fence.
“A great day for Israel!” President Trump Tweeted.
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