UN Security Council Emergency Session on Israel – Palestine Conflict
nsnbc : The UN Security Council began an emergency session at 14:00 GMT over the escalating conflict between Israel and Palestine. UN Secretary Ban Kyi-moon spent most of Wednesday on the phone with diplomatic colleagues in preparation of today’s session. Three days of Israeli bombings claimed the lived of 96 Palestinians by Thursday morning, over 500 were injured.
The 15 members of the UN Security Council convened on request of Arab UN envoys as Israel is about to have completed preparations for a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip. The European Union and the United States both called for restraint in the confrontation, without, however, commenting on the proportionality of the force that is used by either side in the conflict.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, spoke on the phone Thursday morning, said U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, saying:
“Secretary Kerry spoke with Prime Minister Netanjahu this morning, and he had plans to speak with President Abbas over the next 24 hours. …The secretary, has been making calls over the past 24 hours to world leaders, as we continue to evaluate the situation and look for ways to stop the rocket attacks”.
Psaki’s statement was in lie with a previous statement from the White House which declared the U.S. solidarity to Israel and “that no nation could tolerate missiles being fired into its territory”.
The statement omits the fact that it was Israel that began firing missiles into the Gaza Strip and to launch a crack-down throughout the occupied West Bank after the alleged kidnapping of three Jewish teenagers from the illegal Gush Etzion “settlement”.
Technically, legally and actually, any missiles fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory have been fired because, as the White House states, “no nation can tolerate that missiles are fired into its territory”.
The prominent PLO member, Dr. Saeb Erekat denounced Israel’s aggression as “an all-out war on national reconciliation”. Erekat points out that the escalation began when the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority, the PLO and Hamas agreed to form a unity government.
Also the Deputy Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Ahmed Fouad, commented on Israel’s aggression, saying that Israel aims at dividing Palestinians.
“What is required now is a unified leadership of the uprising, Popular Committees in cities, villages and refugee camps, and mutual support committees to support the prisoners and create mechanisms to provide for the needs of the masses”, he said.
The PFLP’s armed wing, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, issued a press release claiming responsibility for several rocket attacks against targets in Israel. One of these attacks was reportedly carried out in cooperation with the Nasser Salahuddin Brigades.
The Israeli aggression appears to strengthen Palestinian resolve and unity rather than dividing Palestinians by singling out Hamas as scapegoat. Fouad said:
“The situation requires the formation of a unified military operations room in Gaza, perpetuating the launch of rockets and missiles against targets in order to strike significant blows”.
The Kuwaiti UN Ambassador, Mansour al-Otaibi, urged the Security Council to stop the Israeli aggression and the collective punishment of the Palestinian people”. Speaking on behalf of the Arab block of UN members, he said “I think it’s time that the Council issue a statement or resolution”.
The Saudi UN envoy, Abdullah Al-Muallimi denounced the Israeli army’s disproportionate use of force and urged to immediately take action to protect the population.
Egypt denounced the Israeli aggression despite the fact that certain groups within Hamas actively participated in acts of terrorism against Egypt. Today, Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing to the Gaza Strip for ambulances and for casualties. Egypt delivered 15 tons of medical equipment and other aid, reports The Cairo Post.
Considering precedence and the U.S.’ veto right, it is unlikely that the UN Security Council will adopt any resolution that actually could enforce a halt to the disproportionate use of military force and end the escalation of the violence.
CH/L – nsnbc 10.07.2014
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