Tel Aviv –
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman wants Palestinian protests at the discretion of US President Donald Trump to end soon. The action follows a Trump policy that recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
"Our hope is that everything is calm and we all return to normal life without commotion and non-violence," Lieberman said in an interview on radio as quoted from Reuters Sunday (10/12/2017).
Previous clashes took place between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces after Friday prayers around the Jerusalem area on Friday (8/12) local time. A 30-year-old Palestinian was shot dead and 200 people were wounded in clashes in Gaza and Jerusalem.
In addition, a brief battle also took place at the Damascus gate to Jerusalem's Old City, where demonstrators shouted slogans and raised flags Palestine aloft.
The following day (9/12) a rocket was again fired from the Gaza Strip and crashed in the southern city of Sderot. Israel returned the rocket with air strikes to Hamas targets near the Israeli border with Gaza. The Israeli air strike injured at least 25 people in Gaza.
This rocket attack was the third attack on Friday (8/12) local time and the second since US President Donald Trump acknowledged Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday 6/12). The controversial decision sparked violent protests in Palestine, including Gaza.
(bag / imk)