Israel ministers bracing for border marches

DANIEL ESTRIN Associated Press Published:

JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli official says senior Cabinet ministers are holding a special session to discuss how to respond to marches toward Israel's borders announced by pro-Palestinian activists.

He spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because the meeting's agenda was confidential.

Activists in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt have planned March 30 marches near Israel's borders.

Last year, thousands of Arab protesters marched on Israel's frontiers, sparking clashes that killed at least 15.

The Israeli official said ministers will also discuss a U.N. committee's plan to investigate Israel's West Bank settlements. Some officials have urged barring the panel from entering Israel and the Palestinian territories.