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Iran says Israel policies cause of regional problems

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Iran’s permanent representative to the United Nations reaffirmed his country’s longstanding solidarity with the Palestinian people, saying the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories is the root cause of all conflicts in the Middle East. In a statement at the UN Security Council open debate on the “Situation in the Middle East,” on Thursday, Gholamali Khoshroo said that no political theater by the US and Israeli regime can cover up the aggressive and expansionist policies of this regime and its behavior towards its neighbors as the main source of threat to the peace and security in this region, IRNA reported. “Indeed, Israel is a rogue regime, by definition – this is an undeniable fact for the international community, except for those who believe illegal occupation, illegal settlements, apartheid, siege, and regular attacks of mass murder are the legitimate actions of a regime that proclaims itself as the only democracy in the Middle East,” Khoshroo said.

He criticized the United States and other members of the council for granting Israel a sense of “exceptionalism” that has allowed Tel Aviv to constantly undermine peace in the region without ever having to worry about the consequences. “The impunity this regime has enjoyed for so long wouldn’t have been possible without the help it receives from the US and certain interest groups,” he added.

PA and UN perceptions of Friday’s riot

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The balance of the Palestinian demonstration that took place on Friday along the Israeli-Gaza border is at least 16 Palestinians killed and hundreds injured, the Palestinian envoy to the UN spoke of over 1400 people, by Israeli security forces as they tried to face tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered along the 65 km fenced border. According to army estimates, 30,000 took part in the event, but the conditions for its peaceful development with the passing of the day were not followed, in fact, hundreds of young Palestinians ignored the calls of the organizers and the Israeli army to stay far from the border, where Israel soldiers across the border watched that people did not try to damage the security fence. The militias reported that blows were fired only on those who tried to sabotage the infrastructure, while Palestinian officials said Israeli forces used firearms against demonstrators, as well as tear gas, also launched with a drone, and rubber bullets.

The United Nations Security Council was informed of the violence in Gaza at the request of Kuwait; the Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for an independent and transparent investigation and asked “those concerned to refrain from any action that could lead to further victims and in particular any measure that could put civilians in danger”. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in a statement that Israel was responsible for the violence and declared a national day of mourning on Saturday. The United States declared itself “deeply saddened” by what happened, inviting all those involved to take steps to reduce tensions and reduce the risk of new confrontations.

 

Iran condemns Israeli killing of Palestinians in Gaza Strip

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Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman strongly condemned the recent Israeli actions against Palestinian people. “Although Israel has a long record in occupation, killing and committing crimes, Mr. Trump and the US ruling elites’ unwavering support as well as shameful efforts by some regional leaders in order to establish overt, covert, disgraceful and ignominious relations with Israel have unfortunately further emboldened Zionist regime leaders to turn Palestinian youth’s peaceful rally into a bloodbath on the Eve of Passover,” said the spokesman.

Palestinian Authority Applies for Entry Into Eight International Treaties at UN

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Last week, the Palestinian Authority presented official requests to join eight international treaties, including the UN International Convention against Apartheid in Sport and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said that the Palestinian Authority’s latest attempt to raise its status within the international community and de-legitimize Israel is part of the Palestinian violations of the obligations under the Oslo peace accords of 1993 with Israel. Membership in organizations such as these would provide the Palestinians with new opportunities to challenge Israel’s legitimacy and discredit the Jewish state on global spaces.

In April 2014, the PA requested accession to 15 international treaties and the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accepted the entry of the Palestinians into 10 of the treaties as non-state members. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, after the official recognition of President Donald Trump of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, has promised to request entry into 22 international treaties, including 18 of the UN. The Palestinians have announced on several occasions that they have abandoned US-led peace negotiations, while attempting to obtain full UN membership, call for further Security Council resolutions (UNSC) and prosecute Israel to the Criminal International Tribunal (ICC).

U.S., EU discordant notes on Jerusalem underline Mideast policy rift

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In a fresh display of Western discord over Middle East peace efforts, the United States said on Monday its Israel embassy would move to Jerusalem by the end of 2019, while its European Union allies voiced support for East Jerusalem as capital of a Palestinian state. Vice-President Mike Pence, visiting Jerusalem, announced the timing of the move in a speech to Israel’s parliament, earning applause from Israeli legislators but also stirring a brief protest by Israeli Arab lawmakers, who held signs reading “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine”.

Saudi Arabia reaffirms solidarity with Palestinians

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Saudi Arabia reaffirmed its “firm support and full solidarity” with the Palestinian people at the UN on Thursday.The address at the UN was delivered by Manal Hassan Radwan, political coordinator of Saudi Arabia’s permanent delegation to the UN. She called for “the establishment of an independent and sovereign state (on) all of the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967”. She highlighted the “destruction of Palestinian land, the destruction of thousands of houses, buildings and infrastructure, all the human and material damage inflicted on the Palestinian people for more than 70 years.” She said the half-century of occupation and decade of the Gaza blockade will not be forgotten for generations.“Saudi Arabia calls for the Palestinian cause and its legal, political and humanitarian rights… to be at the forefront of the international community’s concerns, with a view to the immediate implementation of all UN resolutions in this regard”. She called for immediate international protection for the Palestinians in the occupied territories.

PM Netanyahu: Palestinian deal without Hamas recognition of Israel ‘bogus’

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Anyone who wants to do such reconciliation must know that our terms are clear: recognize Israel, deploy Hamas military arm and cut ties with Iran, according to Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Mahmoud Abbas has praised the Egyptian government’s efforts

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has praised the Egyptian government’s efforts to achieve national reconciliation between rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas, stating that Egypt is the only country allowed to intervene in Palestinian internal affairs. Abbas made the comments on Monday in an interview in Ramallah with anchor Lamis El-Hadidi on the Egyptian CBC TV show Hona El-Asama. “We do not accept any interference from any country in our internal Palestinian affairs, except for Egypt, because its interference is accepted by all parties involved, whether us [Fatah] or Hamas”, he said. The comments follow the arrival on Sunday of a delegation of Fatah and Palestinian unity government officials in Gaza for the first time in three years to launch a unity government, a development resulting from talks with Egyptian officials in Cairo over several months. Two weeks ago, Hamas dissolved its administrative committee running Gaza, making way for a Hamas-Fatah unity government in Gaza.

American Jewish Committee lauds Egypt’s role in reviving Israel-Palestine peace process: Egypt’s FM

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The American-Jewish Committee (AJC), a leading Jewish advocacy group in the US, has praised Egypt’s efforts to revive the Israel-Palestine peace process, offering their support during a meeting on Saturday with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in New York. In an official statement, Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said Shoukry met with the committee’s delegation prior to wrapping up his visit to New York for the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Abu Zeid said the JAC appreciated Egypt’s important role in the Middle East and its efforts to consolidate peace and stability in the region.The meeting also included talks on the Middle East region in general, particularly the ongoing conflicts in Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, as well as Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s initiative to reform religious discourse as a key step to combatting extremism.

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