Israeli Soldiers Kill 7 Palestinians in Gaza over the Weekend

A wounded Palestinian woman is evacuated during clashes with Israeli troops during a tent city protest along the Israel border with Gaza demanding the right to return to their homeland the southern Gaza Strip

In his remarks at a news conference with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi, Pompeo called the two-state solution a "likely outcome", and insisted resolving the Israel-Palestinian conflict remained a priority for the Trump administration.

He also said that the USA administration had urged the Palestinian leadership to return to the negotiating table with Israel, going on to state that the U.S. supported Israel's right to defend itself.

Israeli troops shot and killed three Palestinian terrorists along the border with the Gaza Strip in two separate incidents on Sunday, the IDF said.

Moments after being sworn in as Secretary of State on Thursday, Pompeo immediately left for a meeting in Brussels, followed by a visit to allies in the Middle East.

The petitions, filed by six human rights groups, demanded that the court revoke the army's rules of engagement that authorise soldiers to use live fire on demonstrators along the Gaza border who are not endangering human lives.

Asserting that Palestine-Israel talks should be resumed as soon as possible, the Jordanian FM added: "Our aim, like that of the US, is to create a region free of conflict".

Despite worldwide condemnation, Israel has said it will not investigate the killing of protesters in Gaza and threatened to "expand" its response. Three Palestinians were killed and dozens were wounded in the incident, the most serious attempt so far by a large group to break down the barrier.

"One of the ways to confront Iran is to provoke inexperienced rulers of the region", he said, in an apparent reference to Saudi Arabia's 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. "We urge the Palestinians to return to that political dialogue", he added.

Early last month, the PLO's Executive Committee announced plans to convene the Palestinian National Council after a 22-year hiatus.

"Either they give us everything or they take everything", Abbas said of Hamas.

But the Palestinians want Jerusalem as the capital of their own state.

But Pompeo, who met Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his military headquarters on Sunday, refused to criticise the use of deadly force, saying: "We do believe the Israelis have a right to defend themselves and we're fully supportive of that".

This has called into question the utility of a USA peace plan being drawn up by the White House under the leadership of Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, which even United States officials privately admit is far from ready.

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