Tension is mounting in Jerusalem and the West Bank as clashes continue between Palestinians and the Israeli army. Violence at the weekend cost the
Tension is mounting in Jerusalem and the West Bank as clashes continue between Palestinians and the Israeli army.
Violence at the weekend cost the lives of four Israelis, and on overnight and on Monday two young teenagers were shot dead by Israeli soldiers for alleged stone-throwing and unrest.
The prime minister has promised the toughest response to the latest outbreak of killing.
“I convened the heads of Israel’s security forces and I have ordered a series of additional steps in order to prevent terror and to deter and punish the perpetrators,” said Benjamin Netanyahu.
The funeral of one of the shot boys took place in Balaa, near Tulkarem, an occasion for the venting of frustration at the over two decades since a peace deal appeared close, only for the vision to disappear.
“Our people and our new generation born after the Oslo accords want to finish this agreement now, through this kind of resistance, their own resistance, because they are suffering daily insults,” said Palestinian MP Hassan Khresha.
“What we need now from all the world, especially from the European union is to tell the truth, and to send international help to protect our Palestinian people,” said Fatah representative Moued Shaaban.
There have been increasing signs the Palestinian leadership shares this frustration, and may be about to return to civil disobedience in order to inject some energy into the moribund peace initiative.
“Mutual anger and escalation between the two sides threatens to worsen the situation which means more bloodshed unless the international community intervenes to achieve a political solution or compromise that can satisfy both parties,” reports euronews’s Mohammed Shaikibrahim.