Fighting between Israelis, Palestinians in Gaza Intensifies

Explained: What led to the recent Israel-Gaza violence

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In 2019, the Governor led a Florida trade delegation to Israel, where he declared that he has a positive relationship with embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "They are targeting the citizens of the State of Israel, and doing so from civilian structures such as education facilities, populated neighborhoods and more, while Gaza residents constitute a human shield", said Lt. Col. Elad Goren, head of the civil department of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) during a briefing.

But Hamas also appeared to see the escalation as an opportunity to marginalize Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and present itself as the guardian of Palestinians in Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, UN Security Council diplomats told The Times of Israel that the United States mission had blocked an effort backed by all 14 other members to hold the week's third emergency session on the escalation in Israel and Gaza.

President Biden has spoken to Mr. Netanyahu and repeated the usual formula about Israel's right to self-defense, and he has dispatched an experienced diplomat, the deputy assistant secretary of state Hady Amr, to urge de-escalation on both sides. Netanyahu vowed to exact a "very heavy price" from Hamas, the Gaza-ruling terror group.

Many world leaders have condemned the violence and urged restraint, and a visit by Egyptian security officials was a significant development in global efforts to bring about a ceasefire; such efforts have been key to ending past rounds of fighting.

From New York and London to Karachi and Rabbat, thousands of people have gathered in big cities across the world to protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza.

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Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne called for an end to the violence.

Abdel Monem Said Aly, a longstanding analyst of Egyptian and regional relations in Cairo, said that "Egypt will do its best" in the interests of regional stability.

Mr Gantz, appearing alongside him despite their political rivalry - both are now trying to muster majority support to head a government in Israel's deadlocked Knesset - said: "There are lots of targets lined up". Anyone who insists that the ongoing rocket barrage is about a particular Israeli government policy must be made to answer for this'.

"Korean nationals residing in Israel and Palestine are under safe conditions so far", a ministry official said.

On Tuesday night, the Israeli military bombed the al-Jawhara tower, located in Gaza, which hosts the offices of 13 media institutions and NGOs, the International Federation of Journalists said today. "We will talk of the problems of the whole region, and we won't exclude the Palestinian issue".

But Israeli politicians showed no sign of backing down, with President Reuven Rivlin saying Israel would pursue "rioters with a firm hand. while fighting terrorism from Gaza without compromise".

"The rioters in Lod and Acre do not represent Israeli Arabs, the rioters in Bat not represent Israeli Jews, violence will not dictate our lives", said opposition leader Yair Lapid, who is now tasked with forming a government after March elections.

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Militants in the enclave have fired rocket barrages into Israel.

At that point, Mr. Heller said, Hamas agrees to "what they say is always a temporary cease-fire, not a peace, and usually gets some sort of payoff, I suspect this time from the Qataris".

The Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyeh, said in response that "if Israel wants to escalate, we are ready for it". That had put them at odds with Egypt.

Hours later, US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield tweeted that the session would be held on Sunday.

Most countries worldwide condemned Israel's onslaught.

Palestinians saw the barriers as a restriction on their freedom to assemble.

On Thursday, the IDF published a video of a misfired Hamas rocket that fell back into Gaza, noting that "this isn't the 1st time - Hamas misfired 350 rockets in the last 3 days". It may also divert the Israeli security forces, making a ground incursion less likely.

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