Israel Reopens Crossing Into Gaza Strip

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Israel opened its main commercial crossing into the Gaza Strip, Tuesday, May 25, after keeping it closed for nearly two weeks. ————————— READ MORE: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Bn underscored Israel’s right to defend itself as he visited Jerusalem Tuesday as part of an effort to build on a cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas that went into effect late last week. Speaking alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Bn said both Israel and the Palestinians experienced “profound” losses during the fighting, and that there is a lot of work ahead to restore hope, respect and trust. “Casualties are often reduced to numbers, but behind every number is an individual human being — a daughter, a son, a father, a mother, a grandparent, a best friend,” Bn said. “And as the Talmud teaches, to lose a life is to lose the whole world, whether that life is Palestinian or Israeli.” Bn said the United States will be rallying international support for reconstruction assistance in Gaza, with measures to ensure Hamas militants do not benefit. He also pledged help to expand economic opportunities for Palestinians both in Gaza and in the West Bank, saying that doing so would provide for a more stable environment that will benefit both Palestinians and Israelis. ————————— LINK: https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/bn-pledges-us-support-rebuild-gaza-during-jerusalem-visit
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