US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Tuesday defended Israel's use of force against Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza and walked out of a UN Security Council session as Palestine's envoy, Riyad Mansour, began to speak. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said Guatemala was a "friend" which had also followed the U.S. to be the second country to recognise Israel 70 years ago.
Putin and Erdogan also discussed the Syrian settlement and Russian-Turkish cooperation in the energy sector. Dozens of people were killed and 2,700 were wounded. For the past six weeks, Palestinians have been holding Gaza border demonstrations for the return of Palestinian refugees to areas that are now part of Israel. Israel considers Jerusalem its undivided capital, but almost all countries have opted to maintain embassies in Tel Aviv because of the holy city's contested status.
President of Guatemala Jimmy Morales (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) give a joint press conference after signing bilateral agreements at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on November 29, 2016.
The U.S. was among the few countries that came to Israel's defense, backing its right to protect its border on the same day that it countered global disapproval of moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Israeli forces killed almost 60 Palestinians in the clashes along the border this Monday.
Tuesday's meeting came amid growing diplomatic fallout from the violence and the USA embassy move.
"The IDF accuses Hamas of using the protests as cover to carry out terrorist attacks".
Speaking at an army base near the Gaza border, Lieberman said the goal of Hamas was "to remove the siege (over Gaza) but not to build their economy or create coexistence", he said, referring to the Israeli blockade of the strip.
Monday's bloodshed took place as the United States opened its new embassy in contested Jerusalem.
'Hamas wanted people to die.
Political scientist Yasin Atlioglu pointed out that when Israel launched a missile attack on Syria earlier this month, "the Islamic world did not react to this in any way", something that he said boosted Tel Aviv's drive and led to the current situation on the Israeli-Palestinian border. "It's trying to defend its borders", Hoyer said in response to a question from The Intercept at a pen-and-pad session on Tuesday with reporters on Capitol Hill.
"Lethal force may only be used as a measure of last, not first, resort, and only when there is an immediate threat to life or serious injury", said Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a statement.
Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war, but it is not recognised by global community.
Omar Shakir, the local director for Human Rights Watch, said that under global law, Israel can not use lethal force against unarmed protesters, regardless of their identity or possible affiliation with a militant group.
The Russian top diplomat stated that Moscow was ready to fully facilitate dialogue between Palestine and Israel on the Jerusalem issue. "We're at 25 times our capacity and our drug inventory is exhausted", he said.