Israeli government says Palestinians will be ‘free’ from checkpoints in Gaza
Israel will not allow Palestinians to “go home” from checkpoints along the Gaza border, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, adding that the Palestinians would not be allowed to leave the area until they accepted the country’s “right of return.”
The comments came hours after a U.N. report called on the Palestinians to end the “continuing siege and forced displacement” and called for an end to Israeli restrictions on the Palestinian population of Gaza.
Netanyahu made the comments during an emergency cabinet meeting convened by the Israeli leader at a time when thousands of Palestinians are still trapped under the restrictions imposed since 2014 following Israel’s 2014 military assault on Gaza.
The Palestinian Authority and other groups have complained that the closures are holding up the development of the territory, where the enclave is located, and are also hurting the economy.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is due to visit Israel on Tuesday, called for a “national dialogue” between Israelis and Palestinians.
The Gaza Strip has been without power since the summer of 2016.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, a former British Prime Minister who became a U,S.
senator in the 1960s and later became a United Nations representative, died last year.
His widow, Gita, was a major supporter of the United States and the United Nations, and he was instrumental in establishing the agency.