Nikki Haley lauds Israel for 'restraint' in Gaza border clashes

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech at the inauguration ceremony of the US embassy in Jerusalem

Hamas had said the border protests were being stepped up for Monday and Tuesday anyway, but Mr Abbas's response to the USA embassy move showed the anger among Palestinians.

While some members said the U.N.'s most powerful body needed to speak as one to try to calm the volatile situation - and the Palestinian envoy implored, "When are you going to act?" - a proposed statement had stalled Monday after the USA blocked it.

He also said the United States should have "a greater sense of understanding of some of the underlying issues" behind the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

It was gathered the decision by the USA president Donald Trump to move the embassy from Tel Aviv has angered Palestinians, who claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.

Amir Cohen / Reuters An Israeli soldier carries a hose as he walks in a burning field on the Israeli side of the border fence between Israel and Gaza near kibbutz Mefalsim, Israel on Monday. No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.

Originally from Yafa, he insists that it was his "ethical and national obligation" to protest Israel's occupation and the Palestinian people's forced displacement.

"This cycle of violence in Gaza needs to end", said Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East peace process.

However, many leaders in the worldwide media have argued that the threat posed by the protesters did not require the use of live fire and that if it needed to be employed, it should have been used more discriminately.

Palestinians hurled stones and incendiary devices, while the Israeli military used tear gas and live fire from snipers.

In a phone call on Tuesday with Netanyahu, Merkel said Germany too has concerns about Iran's ballistic missile programme and its destabilising role in the region.

Haley left the security council meeting during Mansour's speech.

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The White House defended Israel on Monday, calling the Gaza protests a "gruesome and unfortunate propaganda attempt" and said responsibility for the deaths "rests squarely with Hamas".

A senior Hamas leader, Khalil Al-Hayya, told Reuters at a border encampment that Monday's protest was timed to coincide with the "deplorable crime of moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem".

The U.S. says it has the right to decide where to put its embassy, and Haley said Tuesday the decision simply recognized "reality".

Mrs May called for an "independent and transparent investigation" into the incident.

Another key finding: Israeli Jews' love for the USA president.

It was a move that stirred up demonstrators already waiting at the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

Otaibi said the draft would be circulated "most probably tomorrow" and would be created to protect the Palestinians and "provide global protection for civilians". He didn't immediately give details of his proposal.

During Monday's U.S. Embassy opening ceremony in Jerusalem, not a single Democrat attended. South Africa recalled its ambassador to Israel for consultations late Monday.

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan was to arrive in Gaza just as the Palestinian enclave was rocked by ongoing protests to which Israeli security forces have responded with deadly force, prompting an worldwide outcry over the bloodshed.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley echoed Netanyahu, saying Israel was trying to defend its borders.

There was a moment of silence today at the U.N. Security Council. Palestinians condemned the embassy opening as taking Israel's side in their conflict. "That's the difference between Israel's culture of life and Hamas's culture of death in Gaza". The Arab League called the embassy relocation a "blatant attack on the feelings of Arabs and Muslims" and a "grave violation of the rules of global law" that could destabilize the region.

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