Palestinian security officer shot by Israeli gunfire in Nablus

Lester Mason
June 13, 2019

Bush put [a version of this formula] in writing in a letter to Ariel Sharon in 2004 prior to the withdrawal from Gaza, in which he assured the Israelis that they could count on USA support for holding onto Jerusalem and the West Bank settlement blocs. Palestinians did not fire back, Quds said.

Ortagus on Monday said there was no plan for any sort of disciplinary action against Friedman.

Palestinian officials did not attend a Middle East peace conference organized in Warsaw in February.

The Palestinian Red Crescent organization said in a statement he had been hit in the face by a rubber-coated bullet while performing his humanitarian duties in northern Gaza on May 3.

The State Department has been a junior partner in the administration's efforts to forge a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Before becoming ambassador, Friedman worked as Trump's bankruptcy lawyer and had no diplomatic experience.

In an interview with The New York Times over the weekend, Friedman, a staunch supporter of Israeli settlement building, declined to say how Washington would respond if Israel moved to unilaterally annex West Bank land after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to take the action in the run-up to April's nationwide elections.


Aaron David Miller, a vice president at the Wilson Center and a CNN contributor, said that in previous administrations, Israeli settlement policy was "on the radar screen" as an issue.

Other analysts raised the security implications of annexation.

The Israeli Policy Forum, a group that advocates for a two-state solution, said while Friedman's annexation remarks "are not surprising, given his long publicized pro-settlement and anti-two-state outlook, they are disturbing nonetheless".

Nablus Governor Ibrahim Ramdan said that in the early morning hours a large Israeli military force besieged and opened fire at a Palestinian Preventive Security compound "surprisingly, directly and unjustifiably", injuring an officer and smashing several windows.

Israeli military said that an accidental firefight broke out with Palestinian security forces whom were mistakenly identified as "suspects".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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