UAE Calls Security Council Meeting on Israel-Palestine Violence

The UAE has requested a United Nations Security Council meeting to discuss Israeli violence in the occupied Palestinian territories. 

UAE Ambassador to the UN Lana Nusseibeh said she is deeply concerned about the escalating violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and called for the UN Security Council meeting to address it “immediately.”

The U.S. is under pressure as Israel-Palestine violence continues to escalate. Experts say that Israel’s most ring-wing government and spiraling violence expose the dangers of light-touch diplomacy. 

The summit in the city of Aqaba on Sunday was the first of its kind in a decade, between military officials from Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, the U.S., and the host Jordan. The meeting seemed a belated chance to limit the damage. 

U.N. Middle East envoy Tor Wennesland on Monday appealed for both sides to take action towards addressing core issues fueling their conflict. 

Wennesland called for “all perpetrators of violence” to be held “accountable.”

Israel sent extra troops into the occupied West Bank on Monday after a Palestinian gunman shot dead two Israelis. 

That came after dozens of Jewish settlers torched Palestinian homes and cars in Hawara.

Wennesland said he was gravely concerned by the deteriorating security situation in the occupied West Bank, particularly the violence in Huwwara that has now erupted. 

Israeli and Palestinian officials had pledged to de-escalate tensions at the Jordan summit. 

Although neither side indicated that the violence would end soon, a statement after the meeting said they “reaffirmed the necessity of committing to de-escalation on the ground and to prevent further violence”.

The genesis of the summit was a low-key meeting between Israeli and Palestinian representatives that took place a fortnight ago, where it was agreed to calm the area. 

One of the results of the meeting was that the Palestinians withdrew a vote against Israel in the U.N. security council, saving the Biden administration from having to use its veto to protect an administration whose domestic policies, including the neutralizing of the judiciary, it often abhors.

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