‘Status quo not viable option’ in Jerusalem, UN political chief tells Security Council

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Ongoing tensions in East Jerusalem and the West Bank cannot be separated from the larger reality that remains unresolved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.

Briefing the Security Council on the situation in Jerusalem, Jeffrey Feltman, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, acknowledged that recent heightened tensions over unilateral actions, provocations and access restrictions at holy sites in Jerusalem are contributing to a volatile situation, and stressed that further delay in negotiations and the pursuit of peace would only serve to deepen divisions and further exacerbate the conflict.

“The status quo is not a viable option,” Mr. Feltman said. “Ignoring the calls from the international community for such negotiations for whatever excuse will only breed more violence in the region that has already seen too much of it.”

In his briefing, Mr. Feltman also said that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was “alarmed” by new reports about the advancement of planning for some 1,000 Israeli settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem, including about 400 units in Har Homa and 600 in Ramat Shlomo.

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2 thoughts on “‘Status quo not viable option’ in Jerusalem, UN political chief tells Security Council”

  1. What is called THE TEMPLE MOUNT is not the accurate location of Solomon’s or Herod’s Temple. But it was the location for the 10 th Roman Legion called the Aponia Fortress. The wailing wall is actually the retaining wall for the fortress. Jesus said “no stone left unturned ” oops thats right the Jews don’t read the New Testament.
    The Jews could start to build the Temple tomorrow and the Arabs could not say a word.

  2. Jerusalem is Israel’s capital city. Period. East Jerusalem is not “occupied” and the UN has absolutely no credibility left–it is a sham. They ignore gross human rights violations in dictatorships in the ME and choose to single out Israel for perceived inequities. The UN is the absolute epitome of hypocrisy. Arab Muslims hate Jews and the state of Israel. There will be no 2 state solution as long as there is only one state (Israel) that wants peace.

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