| 26 May 2024, Sunday |

In less than a week … a third meeting of Security Council on violence between Israel and Palestinians

Tunisia, Norway and China called on Wednesday evening, for a new emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday regarding the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, despite reservations by the United States about a UN role to restore calm to the Middle East.

Diplomats told AFP that Israel and the Palestinians would speak during the new session, which will be public, unlike the previous two closed-door meetings held on Monday and Wednesday morning.

During these two meetings, the United States opposed the Security Council adopting a joint declaration calling for an end to the clashes, saying that it would “backfire” at this stage, according to diplomatic sources.

A diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, stated that the idea of ​​holding a third meeting in less than a week had been pushed by the Palestinians.

The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, wrote in a letter addressed to senior officials of the organization, “The international community, especially the Security Council, must move without delay to demand that Israel stop its attacks on the Palestinian civilian population” and stop “its plans for the forced displacement and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians of” Jerusalem, ” According to the text of his message.

A diplomat, who asked not to be identified, said that the aim of the new meeting of the Security Council is not to increase “meetings and drafting texts,” but “to try to contribute to peace and the presence of a Security Council capable of calling for a ceasefire.” He did not rule out other initiatives from Arab countries in the United Nations.

On Wednesday morning, the United States rejected a proposal submitted by Tunisia, Norway and China to adopt a declaration calling for “a cessation of escalation and restraint, a ceasefire and a resumption of negotiations.”

Several sources said that 14 of the 15 member states of the UN Security Council support the adoption of the text proposed on Wednesday.

A source familiar with the discussions said, “The United States is working actively behind the scenes at a diplomatic level with all parties and in the region in order to de-escalate the situation,” explaining that “at the present time, the council’s statement will have adverse consequences.”

In Washington, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced sending a delegate to the Middle East to urge the Israelis and Palestinians to “de-escalate the situation.”