Monday, June 10, 2013

Israeli PM Netanyahu accuses the Palestinians of setting preconditions for talks, speaking in a Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Cmte. meeting on the same day that it is reported by Israeli media that U.S. Secy. of State John Kerry will postpone a planned visit to Israel and the West Bank, with Kerry now likely to arrive within a week to 10 days. Meanwhile, Israeli army radio reports that no new construction projects have been started in East Jerusalem since the start of 2013, suggesting that there could be a policy of a “silent freeze.” Former FM Avigdor Lieberman responds to the reports by describing the de facto freeze as a “temporary hiatus” designed to allow Kerry’s peace efforts to succeed. (AFP, HA, JP, MNA, ToI 6/10)

In the Gaza Strip, IDF troops operating from a watchtower nr. Khan Yunis open fire on gravel collectors working nr. the border fence, wounding 1. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts house searches and arrest raids in Hebron in the afternoon, and in Nablus, 2 villages nr. Nablus, 2 villages nr. Hebron, 1 village nr. Tulkarm and Jenin at night; patrols in 1 village each nr. Ramallah and Tulkarm in the morning, in 1 village nr. Tulkarm in the afternoon, and in 2 villages nr. Ramallah, 1 village nr. Hebron, and 1 village nr. Jenin at night. (MNA 6/10; PCHR 6/13)

A Cairo court adjourns to 7/6 the retrial of ousted pres. Husni Mubarak on charges of corruption and responsibility for the deaths of protesters, and at the same time, release his 2 sons Alaa and Gamal. They remain in detention, however, over other corruption-related cases. (AP 6/10)