At the UN, the Emir of Qatar questions the world’s inaction in the face of the Israeli occupation | Middle East


The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, questioned the credibility of the international community as it “stands up, unable to take effective action to deal with Israeli intransigence and its occupation continuation of Palestinian and Arab land ”.In his video address to the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the emir questioned the role of countries and organizations for failing to comply with resolutions against the continued Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and its expansion of settlement building.

He accused Israel of having committed “a flagrant violation of international resolutions and of the two-state solution agreed upon by the international community.”

“The international community stands ready, unable to take effective action to deal with Israeli intransigence, its continued occupation of Palestinian and Arab lands, the imposition of a stifling siege on the Gaza Strip [and] expanding settlement policy, among others, ”he said.

“Peace can only be achieved if Israel is fully committed to respecting the international mandate and resolutions accepted by the Arab countries and on which the Arab Peace Initiative is based.

The Arab Peace Initiative was a plan presented by Saudi Arabia in 2002 that called for the normalization of relations with Israel in exchange for ending its occupation of Palestinian territories, creating a Palestinian state based on borders. 1967 and with East Jerusalem as its capital, as well as a just solution for the Palestinian refugees.

The Qatari leader said Israel was trying to “circumvent these parameters” and that any arrangement that does not take these factors into account “will not achieve peace”.

“The failure to find a just solution to the Palestinian cause, the pursuit of Israeli settlements, and forcing a reality on the ground without being deterred, is what raises the biggest question about the credibility of the community.” international and its institutions, ”added the Emir.

He called on the international community, in particular the UN Security Council, to shoulder its legal responsibilities and “compel Israel to lift the siege of the Gaza Strip and get the peace process back on track through credible negotiations based on international resolutions and not on Obliging ”.

Speaking from outside the UN headquarters in New York, James Bays of Al Jazeera said it was interesting to see many Arab states in the Arab League remain consistent in their views on Israel and Palestine – which revolve around the international consensus that there should be two – state solution.

On September 15, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed agreements to normalize relations with Israel as part of a strategic realignment of Middle Eastern countries against Iran.

The ceremony was hosted by US President Donald Trump at the White House, ending a dramatic month in which countries agreed to normalize their unresolved relations in the decades-old conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, who condemned the accords.


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