Israel Seizes 1,000 Acres Of Land In West Bank

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Israel Seizes 1,000 Acres Of Land In West Bank

Less than a week after a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas halted the bloody 50-day war in Gaza, Israel announced it is appropriating almost 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank for Israeli settlers.

Israeli officials declared a 990-acre region as "state land," effectively confiscating it from Palestinians who live nearby and claim ownership. The land is west of Bethlehem, in an area with several established settlements. (Video via Al Jazeera)

Peace Now, an Israeli group opposed to further settlements, called the move the biggest land grab the country has undertaken in over 30 years.

Israeli officials say the appropriation was prompted, at least in part, by the murder of three Israeli teenagers back in June. Their deaths lead to the recent Gaza conflict, and The New York Times suggests Sunday's announcement could be seen as a punishment for the Palestinians. (Video via CNN)

Naturally, Palestinian authorities condemned the decision as illegal and provocative. A spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organization told reporters it would "'wipe out any Palestinian presence on the land' and impose a 'de-facto one-state solution'"

But Israel's also facing criticism from some of its allies ‹ a U.S. State Department spokesperson called the appropriation "counterproductive to Israel's stated goal of a negotiated two-state solution."

Israeli settlement in the occupied Palestinian territories is widely viewed as being a violation of international law, and one of the main roadblocks to a long-term peace deal in the region. The U.S., U.N. and the E.U. have repeatedly condemned the settlement expansions, but Israeli officials believe the land will ultimately become theirs in any final peace deal.

The Wall Street Journal quotes one housing minister calling land appropriations "an appropriate Zionist response to the Palestinian terrorist government."

And a commerce minister told the BBC: "I think that stopping anyone from living in our land is a profound mistake. ... Why should I stop building on my land? It's my own."

Israeli officials say the appropriation is still open to legal review. Any Palestinian landowners in the region now have 45 days to submit their objections to an Israeli court before their lands will be seized.

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ZIKIM, ISRAEL - JULY 26: A soldier meets with his loved ones during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Zikim, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ZIKIM, ISRAEL - JULY 26: A soldier meets with his loved ones during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Zikim, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ASHKELON, ISRAEL - JULY 26: Israeli soldiers walk along the beach during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 in Ashkelon, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ZIKIM, ISRAEL - JULY 26: A soldier meets with his loved ones during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Zikim, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ASHKELON, ISRAEL - JULY 26: People enjoy the beach during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 in Ashkelon, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ZIKIM, ISRAEL - JULY 26: A soldier meets with his loved ones during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Zikim, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ZIKIM, ISRAEL - JULY 26: A soldier meets with his loved ones during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Zikim, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ASHKELON, ISRAEL - JULY 26: An Israeli soldier's uniform and boots sit in the sand on the beach during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 in Ashkelon, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ZIKIM, ISRAEL - JULY 26: A soldier meets with his loved ones during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Zikim, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
ZIKIM, ISRAEL - JULY 26: A soldier meets with his loved ones during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Zikim, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
KAFAR AZA, ISRAEL - JULY 26: Ruty Friza (L) and Pini Friza (C) meet with their son, First Lieutenant Ziv Friza during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Kafar Aza, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
KAFAR AZA, ISRAEL - JULY 26: Ruty Friza (L) and Pini Friza (C) meet with their son, First Lieutenant Ziv Friza during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Kafar Aza, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Members of Nongovernmental organizations and the media inspect the damage during a two-hour temporary cease-fire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reported progress in efforts to end fighting that has so far killed hundreds of Palestinians and tens of Israelis. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
The leader of the largest Bahraini Shiite opposition group, Sheik Ali Salman, center, and Radhi al-Mousawi, left, of the liberal Al-Wa'ad society, participate in a protest in support of Gaza, in Karrana, Bahrain, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing Gaza war as Israel battles Hamas militants and that more than 100 bodies were recovered on Saturday alone. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
A bomb (Top R) is seen dropping during an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Smoke and debris fill the air during an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Destroyed buildings are seen following an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Debris and smoke fill the air during an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A bomb (Top R) is seen dropping during an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A fire ball and smoke is seen during an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A bomb (Top L) is seen dropping during an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Bahrainis wave Palestinians and national flags during a protest in support of Gaza in Karrana, Bahrain, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing Gaza war as Israel battles Hamas militants and that more than 100 bodies were recovered on Saturday alone. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
Israeli soldiers display national flag on top of an armored personnel carrier near the border of Israel and Gaza Strip Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town, sending Palestinian residents fleeing, as the U.S. secretary of state presses ahead with top-gear efforts to end the conflict that has killed hundreds of Palestinians and tens of Israelis. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
An Israeli soldier prays near the border of Israel and the Gaza Strip Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town, sending Palestinian residents fleeing, as the U.S. secretary of state presses ahead with top-gear efforts to end the conflict that has killed hundreds of Palestinians and tens of Israelis.(AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
A Bahraini boy holds a sign during a protest in support of Gaza, in Karrana, Bahrain, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing Gaza war as Israel battles Hamas militants and that more than 100 bodies were recovered on Saturday alone. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
A Bahraini boy participates in a protest in Karrana, Bahrain, Saturday, July 26, 2014, in support of Gaza. A Palestinian official says more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing Gaza war as Israel battles Hamas militants. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said that officials recovered more than 100 bodies alone on Saturday. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
Bahrainis carry a model of Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock during a protest in support of Gaza, in Karrana, Bahrain, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing Gaza war as Israel battles Hamas militants and that more than 100 bodies were recovered on Saturday alone. Israel's defense minister warned he might soon expand the ground operation in Gaza "significantly." (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
Israelis and tourists enjoy the Mediterranean Sea beachfront during a humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza war, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Israel agreed Saturday to extend a 12-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza war by four hours, a Cabinet minister said. In Gaza, a health official said the Palestinian death toll in 19 days of fighting had surpassed 1,000. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Israelis and tourists enjoy the Mediterranean Sea beachfront during a humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza war, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Israel agreed Saturday to extend a 12-hour humanitarian truce in the Gaza war by four hours, a Cabinet minister said. In Gaza, a health official said the Palestinian death toll in 19 days of fighting had surpassed 1,000. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
A Palestinian man runs when he hears an Israeli tank movement from its position behind the hill, close to the border with Israel, as he return to inspect damage to his house during a 12-hour cease-fire in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday to find large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians walk by the rubble of houses destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday, and were met by large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians run when they hear an Israeli tank movement from its position behind the hill, close to the border with Israel, as they return to inspect damage to their houses during a 12-hour cease-fire in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday to find large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A Palestinians man leads his sheep through the rubble of houses destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday, and were met by large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinian Mahmoud Elbiss, 19, holds copies of the Holy Quran, Islam's holy book, that he salvaged from the rubble of houses, destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday, and were met by large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A Palestinians man leads his sheep through the rubble of houses destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday, and were met by large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinian Manal Keferna, 30, cries upon her return during a 12-hour cease-fire to the family house, destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday to find large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians walk by the rubble of houses destroyed by Israeli strikes, as they return the area during a 12-hour cease-fire in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday to find large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaks during a statements with Israel's President Shimon Peres at the President's residence in Jerusalem, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Ban Ki-moon is in the region to meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to make the highest-level push to end the deadly conflict. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
A picture taken on July 26, 2014 shows the rubble of destroyed buildings and homes in the Shejaiya residential district of Gaza City, as families returned to find their homes ground into rubble by relentless Israeli tank fire and air strikes. The death toll in Gaza soared to more than 1,000 as bodies were pulled from the rubble during a 12-hour truce top diplomats urged Israel and Hamas to extend. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on July 26, 2014 shows the rubble of destroyed buildings and homes in the Shejaiya residential district of Gaza City, as families returned to find their homes ground into rubble by relentless Israeli tank fire and air strikes. The death toll in Gaza soared to more than 1,000 as bodies were pulled from the rubble during a 12-hour truce top diplomats urged Israel and Hamas to extend. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinians walk amid the rubble of destroyed buildings and homes in the Shejaiya residential district of Gaza City on July 26, 2014, as families returned to find their homes ground into rubble by relentless Israeli tank fire and air strikes. The death toll in Gaza soared to more than 1,000 as bodies were pulled from the rubble during a 12-hour truce top diplomats urged Israel and Hamas to extend. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
Palestinians check the damage at the Aqsa martyrs hospital which was hit by an Israeli strike Monday, in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reported progress in efforts to end fighting that has so far killed hundreds of Palestinians and tens of Israelis. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Palestinians check the damage at the Aqsa martyrs hospital, which was hit by an Israeli strike Monday, in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Israeli troops battled Hamas militants on Wednesday near a southern Gaza Strip town as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reported progress in efforts to end fighting that has so far killed hundreds of Palestinians and tens of Israelis. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Israeli left wing activists light candles with shape of the word "Sorry" in Hebrew and place portraits on the ground of Israelis and Palestinians who have been killed in the conflict, during a demonstration against the Gaza war, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Hamas says it has fired five rockets at Israel after rejecting Israel's offer to extend a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire by four hours. The Palestinian militant group says two of the rockets were aimed at Tel Aviv. Police in Israel's second-largest city dispersed a peace rally attended by several thousand people because of the threat. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
Israeli left wing activists light candles with shape of the word "Sorry" in Arabic and place portraits on the ground of Israelis and Palestinians who were killed in the conflict, during a demonstration against the Gaza war, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, July 26, 2014. Hamas says it has fired five rockets at Israel after rejecting Israel's offer to extend a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire by four hours. The Palestinian militant group says two of the rockets were aimed at Tel Aviv. Police in Israel's second-largest city dispersed a peace rally attended by several thousand people because of the threat. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
A fire ball and smoke is seen during an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A fire ball and smoke is seen during an Israeli strike on Gaza City early on July 26, 2014. A 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas entered into force with emergency workers taking advantage of the lull to uncover 35 bodies from the rubble of Gaza homes. They took the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day conflict to 926, many of them civilians. Meanwhile, the Israeli army said two more soldiers had been killed, taking its toll to 37 dead. AFP PHOTO/GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 26: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (L), U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) and Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah (R) hold a joint press conference about 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza, on July 26, 2014, in Paris, France. (Photo by Hakan Goktepe/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - JULY 26: (ISRAEL OUT) In this handout provided by the Israel Minister of Defense office, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R), meets with Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon (C) and Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, during an evening consultation at the Kirya July 26, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and over 1,035 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Ariel Harmoni/ Israel Minister of Defense via Getty Images)
BEIT HANOUN, GAZA - JULY 26: Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah (2ndL), Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (2nd R), as they walk down staircase after their meeting regarding 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza, on July 26, 2014, at the foreign ministry in Paris, France. (Photo by Ezz Zanoun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
(From L) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond give a press conference after their meeting regarding a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel in Gaza, on July 26, 2014, at the foreign ministry in Paris. Top diplomats from the US, Europe and the Middle East called Saturday for an extension to the temporary 12-hour truce between Israel and Hamas currently in force in Gaza. 'We all call on parties to extend the humanitarian ceasefire,' France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters after a meeting in Paris with US Secretary of State John Kerry and their counterparts from Britain, Germany, Italy, Qatar and Turkey, as well as an EU representative. AFP PHOTO / PIERRE ANDRIEU (Photo credit should read PIERRE ANDRIEU/AFP/Getty Images)
KAFAR AZA, ISRAEL - JULY 26: People wait for their loved ones serving in the Israeli defense forces at a road block just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border during a 12-hour ceasefire on July 26, 2014 near Kafar Aza, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
KAFAR AZA, ISRAEL - JULY 26: People wait for their loved ones serving in the Israeli defense forces just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border during a 12-hour ceasefire on July 26, 2014 near Kafar Aza, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
KAFAR AZA, ISRAEL - JULY 26: People wait for their loved ones serving in the Israeli defense forces at a road block just outside the militarized zone near the Israeli-Gaza border during a 12-hour ceasefire on July 26, 2014 near Kafar Aza, Israel. After nearly three weeks of the Israeli operation 'Protective Edge,' around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians are dead according to recent reports. The 12-hour cease fire comes as diplomats around the world attempt to negotiate a permanent ceasefire. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
SDEROT, ISRAEL - JULY 26: Israeli tanks fire a barrage of artillery shells moments before a 12 hour cease fire goes into effect on the morning of July 26, 2014 near Sderot, Israel. The ceasefire was brokered after nearly three weeks of fighting in which according to recent reports around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians have been killed. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
SDEROT, ISRAEL - JULY 26: Israeli soldiers run between tanks firing a barrage of artillery shells moments before a 12 hour cease fire goes into effect on the morning of July 26, 2014 near Sderot, Israel. The ceasefire was brokered after nearly three weeks of fighting in which according to recent reports around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians have been killed. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
SDEROT, ISRAEL - JULY 26: Israeli soldiers run between tanks firing a barrage of artillery shells moments before a 12 hour cease fire goes into effect on the morning of July 26, 2014 near Sderot, Israel. The ceasefire was brokered after nearly three weeks of fighting in which according to recent reports around 40 Israelis and 856 Palestinians have been killed. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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In this combination photo composed of six frames, the Al-Zafer apartment tower block collapses following Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the building, sending a huge fireball into the sky and wounding at least 22 people, including 11 children, witnesses and Palestinian officials said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Smoke rises as the al-Zafer apartment tower collapses following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the building, sending a huge fireball into the sky and wounding at least 22 people, including 11 children, witnesses and Palestinian officials said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians take cover as an Israeli strike on a building causes a ball of fire and smoke to rise in the Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)
Palestinians flee as smoke and dust rises following an Israeli strike on a building in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians flee following an Israeli airstrikes on the al-Zafer apartment tower in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the building, sending a huge fireball into the sky and wounding at least 22 people, including 11 children, witnesses and Palestinian officials said. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian firefighters extinguish a fire following an Israeli air strike on a building in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)
Smoke, dust and debris rise over Gaza City after an Israeli strike, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, as Israel and Gaza militants resumed cross-border attacks after a three-day truce expired and Egyptian-brokered talks on a new border deal for blockaded Gaza hit a deadlock. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Palestinians inspect the damage of their house after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in Gaza City, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Displaced Palestinian Emada Al Attar, 23, holds her 16-day-old baby boy Anous in a classroom where they sleep, at a U.N. school where the family is taking refuge during the war, in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Smoke rises over Gaza City after an Israeli strike, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, as Israel and Gaza militants resumed cross-border attacks after a three-day truce expired and Egyptian-brokered talks on a new border deal for blockaded Gaza hit a deadlock. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Smoke rises over Gaza City after an Israeli strike, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, as Israel and Gaza militants resumed cross-border attacks after a three-day truce expired and Egyptian-brokered talks on a new border deal for blockaded Gaza hit a deadlock. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Smoke rises over Gaza City after an Israeli strike, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, as Israel and Gaza militants resumed cross-border attacks after a three-day truce expired and Egyptian-brokered talks on a new border deal for blockaded Gaza hit a deadlock. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Smoke rises over Gaza City after an Israeli strike, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, as Israel and Gaza militants resumed cross-border attacks after a three-day truce expired and Egyptian-brokered talks on a new border deal for blockaded Gaza hit a deadlock. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Birds fly over Gaza City, Gaza Strip as the day starts, early Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip early Friday landing in empty fields in southern Israel just hours ahead of the expiration of the 72-hour ceasefire that ended a month of violence, the Israeli army said. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Smoke raises up in the sky following Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A ball of fire rises from an explosion on al-Zafer apartment tower following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the building, sending a huge fireball into the sky and wounding at least 22 people, including 11 children, witnesses and Palestinian officials said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
The sun rises over Gaza City, Gaza Strip as the day starts, early Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip early Friday landing in empty fields in southern Israel just hours ahead of the expiration of the 72-hour ceasefire that ended a month of violence, the Israeli army said. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Birds fly over Gaza City, Gaza Strip as the day starts early Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip early Friday landing in empty fields in southern Israel just hours ahead of the expiration of the 72-hour ceasefire that ended a month of violence, the Israeli army said. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A bird flies over Gaza City, Gaza Strip as the day starts, early Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip early Friday landing in empty fields in southern Israel just hours ahead of the expiration of the 72-hour ceasefire that ended a month of violence, the Israeli army said. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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