UNSC Middle East debate shifts focus off of Israel for first time in years

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    UNSC Middle East debate shifts focus off of Israel for first time in years
    By Danielle Ziri
    April 20, 2017 19:59
    “Peace will only come from direct negotiations not from one sided security council meetings and one sided resolutions."
    UN Security Council meeting on the Middle East, April 20, 2017

    NEW YORK – For the first time in years, the United Nations Security Council’s monthly debate on the Middle East and the Palestinian question did not focus exclusively on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a breath of fresh air for the Israeli Mission to the UN. As president of the council for the month of April, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley had clearly announced her intentions of shifting the nature of the debate earlier this month, explaining it would revolve around issues such as Iran’s support for terrorism, the Syrian crisis, Hezbollah and Hamas, among others.

    Haley told the council it is “regrettable” that the monthly Middle East discussions often turn into “Israel bashing sessions,” which she believes “doesn’t do anyone in the region any favors, least of all the Israelis and Palestinians.” “Peace will only come from direct negotiations, not from one-sided security council meetings and one-sided resolutions,” Haley said during the meeting. “By breaking out of old, familiar, counterproductive patterns, we might actually achieve something valuable.”


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