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UN calls for 'irreversible' move toward two-state solution to Israel crisis

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Nov 29, 2023, 12:10:48 PM11/29/23
UN calls for 'irreversible' move toward two-state solution to Israel crisis
November 29, 20234:53 AM PSTUpdated 4 hours ago

[1/2]Palestinians cook among the houses destroyed in Israeli strikes
during the conflict, amid the temporary truce between Israel and the
Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, at Khan Younis refugee camp, in the
southern Gaza Strip, November 29, 2023. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem Acquire
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GENEVA, Nov 29 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday called for
the international community to move towards a two-state solution to the
Palestinian-Israeli conflict, saying Jerusalem should serve as the
capital of both states.

"It is long past time to move in a determined, irreversible way towards
a two-state solution, on the basis of United Nations resolutions and
international law," said Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the U.N.
office in Geneva, delivering a speech authored by U.N. Secretary General
Antonio Guterres.

She added this would mean "Israel and Palestine living side-by-side in
peace and security with Jerusalem as the capital of both states."

The comments coincide with the United Nations' International Day of
Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which it observes annually. It
marks the United Nations General Assembly's approval of a plan to
partition Palestine into Arab and Jewish states and for international
rule over Jerusalem.

Calls for a two-state solution have grown in the wake of attacks on
Israel on Oct. 7 in which Hamas gunmen killed 1,200 people and took 240
hostages. The assault prompted an Israeli bombardment and ground
offensive against Hamas-ruled Gaza that has killed more than 15,000
people, according to Palestinian health authorities in the
densely-populated enclave.

A two-state agreement would create a state for the Palestinians in the
West Bank and Gaza Strip alongside Israel. Israel has said a Palestinian
state must be demilitarized so as not to threaten its security.

Palestinians want East Jerusalem, which includes the Old City's sites
sacred to Muslims, Jews and Christians alike, to be the capital of their
state. Israel says Jerusalem should remain its "indivisible and eternal"

Ibrahim Khraishi, Palestinian ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva, said the
current conflict had served as a wake-up call for the international
community to support the two-state solution.

"The two-state solution is difficult after the (Israeli) settlement and
shrinking (of territory), but still possible if there is a will," he
said. "Now is the moment. And it's good for Israel by the way. If they
don't accept the idea, it will be too late for them, not for us."

Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber and Cécile Mantovani; Editing by
William Maclean

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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John Dillinger

Nov 29, 2023, 5:44:12 PM11/29/23
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>UN calls for 'irreversible' move toward two-state solution to Israel crisis

The Arabs in the Middle East are not interested in a two state solution.
They want to exterminate all of the Jews and take the land. Are these
people hard headed or something?

Dennis Kane

Nov 29, 2023, 11:31:00 PM11/29/23
The world could fall from orbit and become a fiery ball plummeting
toward the sun, and the only life remaining would be two microbes in the
Middle East… fighting each other.

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