Netanyahu: Israel to keep security control over West Bank

This came in a statement issued yesterday by the Arab League, marking 50 years of Israel's occupation of the Arab and Palestinian territories on June 5, 1967.

He says that Israel seeks "true peace" with its neighbours.

Instead of spreading "Palestinian misinformation", the United Nations should stick with the facts, Danon added. "It is the only way to achieve the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people", Mr. Antonio Guteress said.

"The occupation has shaped the lives of both Palestinians and Israelis". Israel continues to violate Palestinian rights, entrench its colonial occupation, and derail credible peace efforts because it has enjoyed immunity from accountability for over half a century.

The latest round of negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, under the auspices of former Secretary of State John Kerry, broke down in April 2014. "Continued settlement construction and expansion; violence and incitement; and the illicit arms build-up and militant activity in Gaza risk creating a one-state reality that is incompatible with realising the legitimate national and historic aspirations of both peoples", he said.

Ending the occupation that began in 1967 and achieving a negotiated two-state outcome is the only way to lay the foundations for enduring peace that meets Israeli security needs and Palestinian aspirations for statehood and sovereignty, he stressed.

Additionally, Saeb Erekat, the secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said that, to the Palestinians, the Israeli occupation means "50 years of oppression, subjugation and daily control over all aspects of people's lives".

Israel captured the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights during the 1967 war, which broke out after Egypt, Syria and Jordan mobilized to attack Israel. However, Israel has been building more and more settlements on those territories, making it hard to establish the state of Palestine. Indeed, today, as the long-simmering tensions between Gulf Arab states boiled over and with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and others severing ties with Qatar, Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman remarked that this was an opportunity and that "Israel is more than open to cooperation".

In another development on Monday, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said a private security guard had shot dead an Arab protester during clashes in the city of Kafr Qasim. Gaza's electricity is provided by Israel and the Palestinian Authority, who pays for the bill, announced that it would stop doing so, which could escalate towards violence and lead to a humanitarian crisis within the Gaza Strip.

  • Leroy Wright