The opposition leader scolds the prime minister: “Relationships with the US are too important to turn into public arguments.” Gutierres: “Unacceptable rejection of a two-state solution”
Hundreds of people gathered outside the president’s residence in Jerusalem for a protest calling for new elections to replace Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The protesters, ‘The Times of Israel’ reports, hold placards and banners, including one that reads: “The cry of mothers: we will not sacrifice our children in the war to save the right.”
Lapid attacks Netanyahu, ‘relations with the US too important for public arguments
Opposition leader Yair Lapid also slams Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu for publicly displaying disagreement with the United States. Relations with Washington “are too important to turn into public arguments for the sole purpose of political gain,” the Israeli opposition leader wrote on X. “I have had many clashes, some difficult, with the Americans. I have never handled them in a press conference in front of the cameras,” added Lapid, who has been prime minister and foreign minister. Netanyahu, he underlined, acted “irresponsibly”, especially since we are “in a time of war, with the United States at our side”.
Guterres: “Rejection of the two-state solution is unacceptable”
From the UN, Secretary General António Guterres also criticizes Benjamin Netanyahu’s position: “The rejection of the two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians and the rejection of the right to a state for the Palestinian people is unacceptable. After the abominable attacks by Hamas of October 7, the total destruction of Gaza and the number of civilian casualties caused by the Israeli army in such a short period of time is unprecedented,” he said in a speech in Kampala, Uganda
Guterres then recalled that among the victims there are 152 UN employees “a heartbreaking tragedy for our organization, their families and anyone who is working in Gaza” where humanitarian workers “are doing everything possible to get aid in”, but they find themselves forced “to face constant bombing and daily dangers for them and their families”.
“People are not dying only from bombs and bullets – he continued describing the situation in Gaza – but also from the lack of food, drinking water, hospitals without electricity and medicines”. This conflict “must end”, added Guterres, reiterating that he will not stop calling for “an immediate and humanitarian ceasefire and the unconditional release of all hostages. And we must do everything possible – he concluded – to prevent this conflict from involving other Countries in the region or the West Bank”. According to the UN Secretary General, rejection of the two-state solution “would prolong a conflict that has become an enormous threat to global peace and security, exacerbating polarization and strengthening extremism everywhere. The right of the Palestinian people to build their one’s own State must be recognized by all”, he concluded.
US base attack in Iraq, there are injured
Meanwhile, American soldiers were injured in today’s attack on the Al Asad base in Iraq, which was the target of missile and rocket launches. US military sources confirmed this to CNN without specifying the number of wounded and their conditions. There is no claim of responsibility for the attack yet.
Sharhabil al-Obaidi, mayor of al-Baghdadi in Anbar province, said the base was hit by multiple rocket fire from an area northeast of the al-Baghdadi area. Since October 7, US-led coalition forces in Iraq and Syria have been subjected to over 140 attacks by pro-Iranian groups.
Collision between 2 British naval ships off the coast of Bahrain, no injuries
Collision between two British warships off the coast of Bahrain. This was reported by the Royal Navy, the British navy as reported by ‘Sky news’. Footage on social media appears to show HMS Chiddingfold colliding with HMS Bangor in the Gulf. An official investigation has been opened. No one aboard the two ships was injured, but “some damage was sustained,” the navy said.
Rear Admiral Edward Ahlgren added: “Why this happened is yet to be established. “We train our personnel to the highest standards and strictly enforce safety standards but unfortunately incidents of this nature can still happen. I assure you that a full and thorough investigation is already underway and that any changes to procedure that could prevent further incidents will be quickly implemented. Meanwhile, the UK will continue to play a key role in ensuring the safety of merchant shipping in the region,” he notes.
British and US forces are carrying out an operation to ensure the safety of ships in the region after Houthi forces began attacking them as part of the war between Israel and Hamas.