UN Middle East Envoy: Violence Will End Only if There Is a Palestinian State Alongside Israel

'How many more children do we have to bury until someone says enough is enough?' the Palestinian envoy to the UN said at a Security Council session over the fighting in Gaza over the past weekend

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UN security council meeting due to the situation in the Middle East and Palestine, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, U.S., on Monday.
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The United Nations envoy for the Middle East peace process told an emergency session of the UN Security Council on Monday that the latest ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad remains “fragile.”

“These cycles of violence will only cease when we achieve a political resolution of the conflict that brings an end to the occupation and the realization of a two-state solution on the basis of the 1967 lines, in line with UN resolutions, international law and previous agreements,” said Tor Wennesland. He called to “strengthen diplomatic efforts to return to meaningful negotiations towards a viable two-state solution.” The ceasefire helped to prevent a war, and any resumption of the hostilities will have “devastating consequences for Palestinians and Israelis, and make any political progress on key issues elusive,” he added.

Permanent Observer for the State of Palestine to the U.N, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, U.S., on Monday.Credit: EDUARDO MUNOZ/ REUTERS

The Palestinian permanent observer to the UN, Riyad Mansour, called on the Security Council to act to protect the Palestinians. He asked for how much longer can Israel impose an inhumane blockade on the two million people in Gaza, half of whom are children. “How many more children do we have to bury until someone says enough is enough?” said Mansour.

U.S. ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said: “As President Biden affirmed during his visit to the region in July, the United States remains deeply committed to a two-state solution … we strongly urge all parties to refrain from any unilateral steps that would imperil progress.“

Israel ambassador to the U.N., Gilad Erda, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, U.S., on Monday.Credit: EDUARDO MUNOZ/ REUTERS

Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, told the Security Council that the IDF acted to protect its citizens and country, and conducted Operation Breaking Dawn “with astounding accuracy and extreme precision, taking precautions hardly ever seen in areas of conflict around the world” to minimize harm to civilians.

Erdan said the only solution for the residents of Gaza was for their leaders to stop trying to destroy Israel and stop investing their resources on terrorism.

Operation Breaking Dawn began on Friday and lasted for three days. The IDF estimated that 35 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire, including 11 civilians. In addition, rockets launched by the Islamic Jihad and fell inside the Gaza Strip killed another 15 Palestinians, said the IDF. The Palestinian Health Ministry said that 44 Palestinians died in the operation, and two others died from their wounds later, including a 10-year-old girl and a traffic policeman.

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