US will veto UN draft on protecting Palestinians: Haley

A works walks by an Iron Dome missile defense battery near the city of Sderot in southern Israel

A works walks by an Iron Dome missile defense battery near the city of Sderot in southern Israel

The draft resolution comes after an exchange of fire between Israeli troops and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip this week that was the worst flare-up since 2014.

Attempts by the Israeli government to legalise land theft has been bumped off-course following a Supreme Court ruling contradicting a legal precedent which had granted a green light for illegal settlers to seize private Palestinian land.

Diplomats say Palestinians may turn to the UN General Assembly if the draft resolution is opposed by the US.

Both the USA and Kuwaiti ambassadors said their nations had proposed press statements on the Israeli-Palestinian issue that had been blocked in recent weeks.

Mourners carry the body of a Palestinian, who was killed during a protest at the fence between the Gaza Strip and occupied territories, during his funeral in the central Gaza Strip on May 16, 2018.

"Since yesterday, the Israel Defense Forces has strongly retaliated against the firing from the Gaza Strip and has hit dozens of terrorist targets in the severest blow we have landed on them in years", Netanyahu said.

The past two days have seen the most serious escalation in Gaza since the 2014 conflict between Hamas and Israel, Mladenov told the UN Security Council.

Late Tuesday, an Islamic Jihad spokesman said a ceasefire had been reached, and on Wednesday senior Hamas official Khalil al-Hayya also spoke of an accord.

Turkish Ambassador to the United States Serdar Kilic speak to the Conference on U.S. -Turkey Relations in Washington, U.S., May 22, 2017.

The U.S. says it will "unquestionably veto" a United Nations draft resolution that calls for measures to protect the Palestinians from the "Israeli occupation".

"Hamas must relinquish its control of Gaza to the PA and disarm", he continued. "It is not acceptable for the world that is watching us", he said.

Israel's military began air strikes soon after.

"Greenblatt's attack on Hamas and its leadership, and his demand that the movement disarm, is a continuation of America's partnership with the Israeli occupation's continuous aggression against the Palestinian people", Qassem said.

After Gaza militants fired some 30 mortar shells early on Tuesday, Israel responded fiercely, threatening to set off another round of confrontations. "This vulnerable Bedouin community, who have already been expelled once by Israel from their former homes in the Negev area, are again threatened unjustly with forced removal", said Coveney.

President Donald Trump is contemplating giving U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman extra authority over the U.S. outpost that handles Palestinian affairs, 5 U.S. officers mentioned, a shift that might additional dampen Palestinian hopes for an impartial state.

But Israel has faced worldwide criticism and calls for an independent investigation over its use of live fire during the protests and border clashes.

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