HRW condemns Israel's '50 years of occupation abuses'

Only three in ten Jewish Israelis think Israel's control of the West Bank amounts to "an occupation", a new poll has shown. Israel launched a preemptive strike against Egypt's air force, beginning the war.

"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised on Tuesday to continue building settlements in the West Bank and called himself the first prime minister in decades, who will promote building a new Jewish settlement there".

Carnegie analyst Sarah Yerkes cautions that even if Israeli and Palestinian leaders could overcome domestic pressures to try to forge a peace deal, the negotiations themselves would require a lot of US manpower and focus.

On Jerusalem Day (because of the Hebrew calendar, this year held on 24 May), Israelis celebrate what some see as the reunification of the city in the aftermath of the war, in which Israel annexed the east of the city and parts of the West Bank.

"I, as a Palestinian, citizen of Israel, I really want this occupation to end; I want people to have their freedom, my people, my Palestinian people", said another protester in the above video.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres criticized Israel's occupation of the West Bank and called for the establishment of a Palestinian state in a statement marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War.

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The idea of pursuing peace now with willing Gulf States appeals to the right-wing Israeli government and many of its supporters in the policy community, for two reasons.

"There is no future for us as long as Israel is in this area", Sayed said, glancing across the green hills just outside the Palestinian village of Burin, which is hemmed in by two Israeli settlements.

The U.N. leader said only a two-state solution would "achieve the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people". It is also overdue for countries who haven't recognized the State of Palestine on the 1967 border to do so.

The anniversary of the Six Day War has highlighted the divisions within Israeli society, where many on the right will celebrate the existing political reality that a peace agreement with the Palestinians seems now unrealistic, while others are calling for a renewed push to find a negotiated settlement. Now, alarmingly, extremist Israeli politicians, members of the ruling coalition, are using this travesty to try to legitimize the occupation and present it as a national security necessity.

"No one talked about a Palestinian state in 1967".

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