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Palestine calls for UN SC resolution on Israel pull-out from territories occupied in 1967

August 19, 2014, 13:47 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"Today we urge officially the international community and the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution," member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee says
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MOSCOW, August 19. /ITAR-TASS/. The State of Palestine urged the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution which would set timeline to withdraw Israeli troops from territories occupied in the Six-Day War in 1967, the chief Palestinian delegate, member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee Saeb Erekat said in the Russian capital on Tuesday.

“Today we urge officially the international community and the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution which would set timeline to withdraw Israeli troops from territories occupied in 1967,” he said.

Palestine is exerting maximum effort at talks in Egypt to reach a truce with Israel and lift the Gaza blockade, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday.

Erekat arrives in Moscow seeking support as Palestinian negotiators in Cairo bid for a deal with Israel on the future of war-torn Gaza.

“We’re making every possible effort to solve existing problems together with our brothers in Egypt in reaching a truce and lifting the blockage of Gaza,” Erekat said.

“It is necessary to determine a deadline when an end is put to the occupation. We hope that a breakthrough can be achieved within one or two months,” the official said.

“We know how important Russia’s role is in achieving settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, creating two states within the 1967 borders,” he said.

DETERIORATION OF ISRAEL-PALESTINE RELATIONS

Israeli-Palestinian relations grew sour after June 12, 2014, when three Jewish teenagers were abducted in the West Bank. Later the teenagers were found killed. Israel accused militants of the Palestinian militant Islamist group Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement), which controls the Gaza Strip, of committing the crime.

The operation to search for the teenagers continued for more than two weeks and was accompanied by searches, arrests of Palestinian activists and shellings of the Palestinian territory.

On July 1, 2014, a 16-year-old resident of the East Jerusalem’s Palestinian Arab neighborhood of Shuafat was kidnapped and killed. Six ultra-right Jewish activists were arrested for the crime. The death of the Palestinian teenager caused riots among Palestinians.

On July 8, 2014, the Israel Defense Forces announced the start of the operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip against Hamas militants. The IDF made strikes on 50 targets in the Gaza Strip, most of which were launching platforms for rockets. Five Palestinians were killed and some 20 were wounded.

The immediate reason for the operation was that cities in southern Israel were massively shelled by Hamas military wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. According to the Israeli army’s press service, on July 7, some 90 missiles were fired on Israel from the Gaza Strip. As of early July, 450 missiles had been fired since the start of 2014.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the IDF to prepare for a possible ground operation. Israel announced mobilization of 1,500 reservists and sent two army brigades to the border with Gaza.

Since the start of their activity on December 14, 1987, Hamas militants set a course for liberation of Israel-occupied Palestinian territories. The group has made a few dozen terrorist attacks against military and civilian facilities of Israel.

Hamas regularly shells Israel’s territory with homemade rockets. In response, Israel shells Gaza and holds military operations there to suppress militant activity and destroy Hamas’ military structure. According to Hamas, 1,365 Israelis died in 1987-2011 in terrorist attacks made by its militants.

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