Netanyahu took heavy criticism this week for what was seen as a soft response to renewed rocket fire out of Gaza.
On Saturday, thousands of Palestinians flocked to Gaza's border with Israel to participate in massive demonstrations as part of "The million man march of land and return", which was called for by Palestinian factions to celebrate the 43rd Land's Day as of March 30 of each year, which also coincided with the first anniversary of the launch of the ongoing border protests along the buffer zone between Gaza and Israel. Another 316 Gazans were wounded.
Israel deployed several thousand troops along the border, with the anniversary coming at a sensitive time ahead of its April 9 elections.
Egyptian and worldwide mediators fear that if Hamas fails to restrain the anniversary protests, violence could escalate into a major conflagration between the bitter enemies.
Loudspeakers at border protest camps played Palestinian nationalist songs and Hamas, the armed Islamist movement which controls Gaza, had ordered schools to shut for the day to encourage participation.
Weekly protests began on March 30, 2018, or Land Day, an annual commemoration of a 1976 incident in which Israeli troops shot and killed six people during protests over land confiscations.
For their part, militant groups in Gaza agreed before Saturday's protest to keep demonstrators from the border fence and stop the launching of incendiary balloons that have burned farmland in southern Israel, the officials said.
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"Some of them are throwing stones and setting tyres on fire", it said, adding soldiers were responding with "riot dispersal means".
Israeli soldiers shot and killed two 17-year-olds during the protests and a 21-year-old demonstrator died after being shot near the border fence overnight, Palestian health authorities said, according to Voice of America.
In the run-up to the anniversary, long-time mediator Egypt had shuttled back and forth in a bid to avoid major bloodshed.
Deputy Fatah head Mahmoud al-Aloul said that by signing a "truce agreement without national consensus", Hamas was paving the way for the implementation of US President Donald Trump's yet-to-be-announced Middle East peace plan, known as the "Deal of the Century".
Earlier this month, Hamas quelled what have been portrayed as the fiercest protests yet against its mismanagement and failure to improve the internal economic situation. The Israeli military had no immediate comment. Fighting flared when a Gaza rocket attack wounded seven Israelis north of Tel Aviv on Monday. An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire restored calm.
"We are following with concern the successive and serious developments in the Palestinian cause as a result of Israel's continued settlement construction on the occupied land of Palestine, the existing expansion, demolition of houses, confiscation of lands, and Judaization of the occupied city of Jerusalem, in addition to the persistence of serious violations of global law and disregard of the resolutions of worldwide legitimacy", he said. Israel rejects that demand, saying that would eliminate its Jewish majority. But Israel has come under heavy worldwide criticism for the large number of unarmed people who have been harmed.
Unless undertaken lawfully in self-defence, intentionally shooting a civilian not directly participating in hostilities is a war crime.