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article imageIsrael files complaint with UN over Palestinian mortar attacks

By Michael Krebs     Mar 20, 2011 in World
After 50 mortar shells were fired into Israel on Saturday from Hamas militants operating in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli foreign ministry filed formal complaints with the United Nations.
Tensions in Israel and in the Middle East were escalated on Sunday after more than 50 mortar shells were fired into Israel from the Palestinian-controlled Gaza Strip on Friday and Saturday, and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported that Israel filed a formal complaint with the United Nations over the gravity of the incidents.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman used the United Nations appeal to remind the global body of his position that a sovereign Palestinian state would be a violent mistake.
According to Lieberman, as JTA reported, a free Palestine would represent a "terrorist state whose primary goal is the destruction of Israel."
The Palestinian leadership has been appealing to the United Nations directly to establish an independent state, and has asked the UN to consider Israel's settlements in Palestinian territory. The UN responded with a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements as an obstacle to peace. The United States vetoed that resolution, opening the door to further distancing between the Palestinian leadership and the US government.
Israel responded to Saturday's Palestinian mortar attacks, shelling positions in the Gaza Strip and wounding five Hamas policemen.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he "viewed gravely Hamas's criminal attacks on Israeli citizens," Reuters reported on Sunday.
"Israel would take all necessary measures to protect its citizens," Netanyahu said.
The Israeli complaint follows another filing made by Israel's Ambassador to the UN, Meron Reuben, after Israel seized weapons cargo that the Israeli military claims was destined for Gaza and that Israel believes originated from Iran, the Jerusalem Post reported.
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