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U.S. Special Representative to International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt in security briefing at Gaza border, January 2018

The Trump administration fiercely condemned the rocket and mortar attacks fired by Gaza terrorists at southern Israel on Tuesday.

The United States has called on the United Nations Security Council to convene an emergency session over the rocket and mortar attacks by Gaza terrorists fired at Israel, the U.S. Mission to the UN said in a statement on Tuesday. The meeting is expected to take place on Wednesday afternoon.


U.S. Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt tweeted the administration’s disapproval of the attacks, pointing out once again that Hamas is trying to divert the attention of its citizens from its leadership failures by drawing its attention elsewhere.

Likewise, said Greenblatt, the failed reverse flotilla attempt was another Hamas effort to focus the attention of Gazans on something other than its inability to care for its people and govern properly. “Hamas has misappropriated billions of dollars of aid and bought missiles instead of food and built terror tunnels instead of schools and hospitals,” Greenblatt tweeted.

“Hamas was elected by the Palestinians in 2006 and since then Gaza has spiraled into one of the worst places on earth yet Hamas leadership has blamed everyone else for their problems. Gaza will only turn around when there is real leadership.

“Each life Hamas jeopardizes represents a family and a community. The loss of one life would be awful enough, but through their cynical “leadership” Hamas is risking many lives and is extinguishing an entire generation’s future.

“There is no shortcut for a better future for all people in the region. Hamas must stop with deadly theatrics needlessly putting lives at risk and begin the process of building better lives for the Palestinians of Gaza and their neighbors,” Greenblatt wrote.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.