For more than five decades, this issue of Palestine has been on the council’s radar. It is, in fact, the longest item on the Security Council’s agenda. Unfortunately, nothing has improved since then. In fact, it has even deteriorated. Early this month, we have seen yet another wave of violence in Gaza, resulting in at least 29 casualties from both sides. While the role of the UN Secretariat and Egypt to deescalate the situation is commendable, it requires much more from the council and beyond.
The future state of Palestine
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The early May circle of violence in Gaza was a stark reminder to the world that delivering lasting peace in Palestine is still an enormous task for the global community of nations. Last January, in the Chamber of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), I reminded everyone that the Palestinian question defined the credibility of the council.