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The UN is alarmed by the remoteness of a two-state solution between Palestinians and Israelis



           


The UN is alarmed by the remoteness of a two-state solution between Palestinians and Israelis
ISRAEL / PALESTINE. While Hamas and Fatah are getting closer and have just agreed on future elections in Palestine, the UN says it fears a remoteness between Palestinians and Israelis. "We are once again at a pivotal moment in the search for peace, when a convergence of destabilising factors threatens to push Israelis and Palestinians towards a reality of a state of perpetual occupation and conflict," said Nickolay Mladenov on Tuesday 19 September 2020. Speaking before the members of the UN Security Council in New York, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process cited "the resurgence of Covid-19" as his first point of reference.
"The UN and its partners will continue to help the Palestinians respond to the pandemic, including by filling critical gaps in medical supplies and equipment. It is important to focus particularly on Gaza, given the unique situation and extreme vulnerability of the population," he said.

Nickolay Mladenov also mentions among the destabilising factors the plans to build settlements in the E1 area (Editor's note: Israeli settlements in the West Bank near East Jerusalem) and in other sensitive areas of the occupied West Bank not yet approved by the Israeli authorities. While recalling that "the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation of international law", it is also concerned about the sharp increase in demolitions and seizures of Palestinian-owned structures in the West Bank. As well as recent discussions in the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) proving "the intensification of pressure on the Israeli government against Palestinians living in Area C (Editor's note: under total Israeli control)", says a UN statement. At the same time, it calls on Palestinian activists in Gaza to stop the "indiscriminate launching of rockets and incendiary devices" towards Israel in violation of international law.

In the face of the economic and health crisis facing the Palestinians, the UN Special Coordinator wants to be clear: "this financial crisis can and must end. Both sides should re-examine the nature of their economic relations and improve them in the interest of both peoples".
Nickolay Mladenov calls on "key Arab partners and Israeli and Palestinian leaders to urgently resume and intensify their efforts to advance the goal of a negotiated two-state solution before it is too late".


Frédéric Dubessy


Wednesday, September 30th 2020



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