No breakthrough in Gaza talks as clock ticks on truce

No breakthrough in Gaza talks as clock ticks on truce
‘Israel cannot afford a war of attrition...If the current ceasefire is heading towards collapse Israel must take the initiative, even if it means a significant escalation.

Finish the story in the shortest time possible,’ Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said.

The foreign minister also emphasised that Israel should not end the Gaza operation until the bodies
of fallen soldiers are returned by Gaza militants.

‘If the terrorists from the other sides don’t get it, don’t understand it, they have to understand they will get in return the bodies of Mohammed Deif, [Ismail] Haniyeh and all of the Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip...My colleagues and I will not accept any resolution, any framework, without the return of the soldiers’ bodies,’ he stressed.

Lieberman also ruled out the possibility of any cooperation with the UN probe into the Gaza war.

International Canadian law expert, William Schabas, known for his criticism of Israel, is to head the United Nations Human Rights Council’s probe into Israel’s actions in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza in the last two months.

Israel’s ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor on Wednesday said that having Schabas lead UN Gaza probe is akin to ISIS hosting religious tolerance event.


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