msnbc | November 24, 2012
>> israelis are keeping a cease-fire alive. but many call the truce extremely fragile. an attempted border breach threatened the calm yesterday. israeli forces shot and killed a palestinian man. he was one of hundreds testing israeli security at the border. nbc's martin fletcher is live for us in tel aviv . good saturday morning to you, martin. can this shooting jeopardize the cease-fire? and then when does the next phase begin?
>> alex, good morning to you, too. i think you've used the right word, testing the cease-fire. i don't think it will endanger the cease-fire because israel 's response was quick. they fired warning shots at the palestinians , in the end they ended up killing one of the forces. palestinians are going to be protesting that to the united nations . but at the same time hamas also responded quickly. today they're keeping protesters away from the fence. they don't want any more of these kinds of clashes with israelis see as provocations. so i think it's clear both sides do want the cease-fire to continue. they both have a very strong vested interest in doing so. and that kind of incident yesterday, which led to the unfortunate death of one palestinian, i doubt that will be repeated in the days to come. the emphasis on both sides is going to be on the next stage, which as you mentioned, which is outlining the details, dealing with the details of what the cease-fire is, what it leads to. what they've got so far is what they've called quiet for quiet. both sides not shooting. what's next is the beginning of the negotiations. it's quite clear what the two sides want although it's going to appear complicated. it's simple and it's basic. hamas wants the lifting of the blockade of gaza. israel wants the end of weapons smuggled into gaza. that's what the issue is going to be about.
>> we've been talking the last couple days broadcasting through this and you've made the point that these types of squirmishes along the border, they are routine. not the fact that a palestinian was killed but these attempts to kind of go up to the fence and test that border line , right? i mean this happens all the time. every day.
>> well, it's been going on for years. and that's one of the problems. the israelis patrol the area. palestinian people who live on the other side , it's their land. they want to use their land. to many of them it's farmland. but it's also land that palestinian militants can use to lay land mines and to shoot at israelis . the closer the palestinians come to the fence, the more worried the israelis are that they're actually, what the israelis call terrorists. so the israelis instituted what they call a 300 yard no-go zone. palestinians not allowed in that. israel wanted that to stop terrorists. but the palestinians want to use their land. so it's a clear conflict of interest there. this time the palestinians after the cease-fire were testing it. they thought, well, there's a new situation here, maybe we can go. clearly the israelis say they can't.
>> certainly not yet. we'll see what happens with the negotiations. martin fletcher in tel aviv , thank you.