Sonntag, 28. Dezember 2014

"The Shin Bet (security service) had given the green light for the children and their five minders to enter Israel," he added.

But Hamas, which has controlled Gaza since 2007, said the trip was cancelled as the children would have "had to visit settlements and occupied towns".

The Islamist movement's interior ministry said the visit was forbidden in order to protect the children from "the politics of normalisation" with Israel.