Gaza: ‘fragile’ truce between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants – Security Council

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The Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, today (8 Aug) told the Security Council that the “fragile” truce between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza “has allowed the resumption of essential movements of goods and people in and out of Gaza, including the delivery of humanitarian assistance and fuel for the Gaza Power Plant.”

After three days of deadly fighting, the Security Council held an emergency meeting on Monday to assess the truce.

Wennesland welcomed Israeli authorities’ “timely” reopening of the Erez and Kerem Shalom crossings after the ceasefire went into effect, allowing a total of 23 trucks of fuel to enter the Gaza Strip today, and enabling the Gaza Power Plant to resume normal operations.

He stressed to Council members that “the ceasefire is fragile” and political progress remains elusive.

Ultimately, he said, “the underlying drivers of this and previous escalations remain” and added that “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 67 lines, in line with UN resolutions, international law and previous agreements.”

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour, in his address to the Council, said, “Israel claims for itself a right to security that would seemingly justify murdering, imprisoning, and oppressing an entire nation. It claims the right to security that would trump our right to life, our right to self-determination, our right to be safe in our homes. It claims a right to security that supersedes the UN Charter, international humanitarian law, and human rights law. It claims for itself everything that it denies us.”

He told Council members, “we should not wait until the next war or the next election. Peace is never reached by waiting. You need to seek it out with all your strength and determination and the power that you have under the provisions of the Charter. You are very powerful. You can make it. You can enforce it. And we want you to do that. Act now. Save Lives. Save peace. Whatever the price, peace must be achieved, as the cost of war will always be infinitely higher.”

For his part, Israeli Ambassador Gilad Erdan said, “this debate must focus on the facts. A terror organization attempted to murder Israeli civilians, murdering innocent Palestinian civilians along the way, and due to the terrorists clear and present threat against our citizens, Israel defended itself. There is no room for false narratives. The facts are clear.”

Erdan said, “no matter how much hard evidence Israel has to show, the Palestinians always fall back on their lies. It’s disgraceful and pathetic.”

He invited Council members to review “our irrefutable evidence.”

Preliminary numbers indicated that since Friday, Israeli Defense Forces launched 147 air strikes against targets in Gaza while Palestinian militants unleashed 1,100 rockets and mortars into Israel.

After the dust settled, 46 Palestinians were killed and 360 injured.

In turn, 70 Israelis were injured along with damages to civilian structures.

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