Three investigating judges responsible for the investigation

Three investigating judges responsible for the investigation
Three investigating judges responsible for the investigation

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Israel does not let up after the recognition of the State of Palestine by European countries

Israel does not lose anger on Thursday after the decision of three European countries to recognize the State of Palestine, in the midst of a war between its army and Palestinian Hamas in the Gaza Strip where bombings continue. Early Thursday, an AFP team reported strikes in the Rafah sector (south), while witnesses noted intense bombings in Gaza City, in the north of the territory ravaged by more than seven months of relentless war. Spain, Ireland and Norway announced on Wednesday their decision to jointly recognize a Palestinian state in the hope of leading other countries to do the same, while the two-state solution is, according to Madrid, ” in danger”. The creation of a viable Palestinian state appears to be a very uncertain prospect due in particular to the absence of talks in this direction and the Jewish colonization in the occupied West Bank. But this recognition is considered a diplomatic victory for the The Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas while the State of Palestine is recognized, according to her, by 142 of the 193 member states of the UN, mainly non-Western. And it represents a new setback for Israel after International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan requested arrest warrants against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for alleged “crimes against humanity”, as well as against the leaders of Hamas. “Israel will not remain silent on this question” of recognition, thundered Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz, announcing the summons of the ambassadors of Spain, Ireland and Norway, and the recall for consultations of Israeli ambassadors in these three countries. After their announcement, Colombia confirmed its plan to open an embassy in Ramallah, a city in the occupied West Bank where Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority is headquartered. In early May, the president of Colombia, whose country was a key ally of Israel in Latin America, announced the severance of diplomatic ties between the two countries, calling the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “genocidal” in its conduct of the war in Gaza.- “Reward” for Hamas -The recognition of the State of Palestine is “a reward for terrorism”, launched Benjamin Netanyahu, a fierce opponent of the idea of ​​such a state alongside Israel. “We cannot give a State to this Evil.” “After the terrorist organization Hamas perpetrated the largest massacre of Jews since the Shoah (…) these countries chose to reward Hamas (… ) and to recognize a Palestinian state”, underlined Mr. Katz. The three European states announced their decision while the war rages between Israel and Hamas since an unprecedented attack launched on October 7, 2023 by commandos of the Islamist movement Palestinians infiltrated from the neighboring Gaza Strip into southern Israel. The attack resulted in the death of more than 1,170 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP count based on official Israeli data. Of the 252 people taken as hostages on October 7, 124 are still being held in Gaza, including 37 dead, according to the army. The families of five Israeli soldiers held hostage in Gaza on Wednesday authorized the release of images of their capture, showing the young women, some with bloody faces, sat on the ground in their pajamas, their hands tied behind their backs by their captors, before being taken away by jeep. In response to the attack, Mr. Netanyahu vowed to annihilate the Hamas, its army launching a devastating offensive in the Gaza Strip, where Hamas, considered a terrorist organization by Israel, the European Union and the United States, took power in 2007. At least 35,709 Palestinians, the majority civilians, died in this offensive, according to the Ministry of Health of the government of the Palestinian territory led by Hamas. – “Empty shells” – The Palestinian Islamist movement welcomed recognition on Wednesday as an “important step” and the Organization of Liberation of Palestine (PLO), the only official representative of the Palestinians on the international scene, spoke of “historic moments”. Arab countries also welcomed it. But in Rafah, a town in southern Gaza subject to daily Israeli bombings, Ahmed Ziad, 35, denounced “empty shells if America and other European countries (… ) do not support” such recognition. Israel’s main supporter, US President Joe Biden, reiterated that a “Palestinian state (must) come into being through direct negotiations between the parties, not through unilateral recognition” .- “More targeted” in Rafah – These latest developments come as Israeli soldiers continue their ground operations “against Hamas targets” in areas of Rafah. The United States, which has threatened to stop certain deliveries of weapons to Israel in the event of a large-scale ground offensive in Rafah where more than a million civilians are trapped, judged on Wednesday that the operation was now “more targeted and limited”, while expressing concern about the fate of civilians on site. By entering with their tanks in the east of Rafah, the soldiers also took control of the Palestinian side of the eponymous crossing point with Egypt, the main entry point for humanitarian aid, and then closed it. Since then, the aid delivery is virtually at a standstill while according to the UN 1.1 million Palestinians in Gaza face “catastrophic levels of hunger”.bur-gl/ib

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