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Israeli-Palestinian Relations Tense Following Nablus Shootout

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12 Jun 2019
Israeli-Palestinian Relations Tense Following Nablus Shootout
The Palestinian Authority flatly rejected an offer from Israel to conduct a joint investigation into an incident Tuesday morning which saw gunfire exchanged between IDF troops and PA security forces in Nablus Tuesday morning. A PA police officer was lightly wounded in the exchange of fire, which the IDF said was a mistake but which the PA has said was a deliberate action meant to increase pressure on the PA for an unspecified purpose. The incident comes as the PA is continuing to refuse participation in an upcoming US-sponsored economic workshop in Bahrain aimed at advancing the Trump Administrations plans for Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation, despite announcements by several Arab governments that they will send delegations.

Jordan, Egypt and Morocco announced on Tuesday evening that they would send delegations to the summit on 25-26 June, joining Saudi Arabia and other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

In related news, Tuesday saw several more fires breaking out in southern Israel, with officials blaming incendiary balloons being sent over the border into Israeli territory from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Also on Tuesday, the international soccer organization FIFA announced that it is launching an investigation into chairman of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA), Jibril Rajoub for various violations of FIFA’s code of ethics including promoting and glorifying terrorism; inciting hatred and violence; promoting racism; and preventing the use of the game of soccer to build a bridge for peace. The investigation is based on evidence provided to FIFA by the NGO Palestinian Media Watch.

Syrian Regime Says Israeli Missiles Hit Tel al-Harah
Assad-regime controlled media in Syria reported Wednesday morning that Israeli missile strikes had caused material damage but no casualties to military infrastructure at Tel al-Harah in the Daraa district of southern Syria. In related news, the regime recently signaled a lack of interest in renewing ties with the Islamist terror militia Hamas which rules the Gaza Strip and formally had a headquarters in Damascus before essentially abandoning the regime in 2011 when it appeared as if rebel factions were close to toppling it.

Moldova Moving Embassy to Jerusalem
The movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered another crushing defeat on Tuesday when the former Soviet Republic of Moldova announced it is moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. On the economic front, US defense giant Lockheed Martin secured a contract from Israel’s Defense Ministry on Tuesday to operate and maintain a training center for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Nevatim Air Force Base in the South. Also, US-based Ford Motor Company followed the example of other large industrial conglomerates to open a technology innovation center in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.
"We recognize the importance of being in one of the world’s leading innovation communities and ecosystems," said Bill Ford, the executive chairman of FMC at the launch ceremony. "This new center is not only an expansion of our existing Research and Innovation centers but provides an opportunity to join a growing innovation community in Israel."

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