"Temperature is rising' between Israelis and Palestinians: UN official

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Jeffrey Feltman

The temperature is rising between Israelis and Palestinians while no negotiations are taking place for a two-state solution to their conflict.

That warning has come from UN Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, during a briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday on the situation in the Middle East.

He said the failure over many years to break the impasse between the Israelis and Palestinians has created frustration and stressed that 'resignation is not an acceptable option'.

Mr. Feltman called for decisive action to help the parties define and implement a final status agreement.

"It is already two months into a year that could preserve or even extinguish what hope remains for a two-state solution and I do not believe it is hyperbole to say that. Yet, as demonstrated today in the troubling rocket attack fired from Gaza into Israel the temperature is rising between Israelis and Palestinians with the situation of Palestinian prisoners the most immediate but not only cause, and there is as of yet, no process of negotiation to offer hope on the horizon." (29")

Mr. Feltman called for the revitalization of the Quartet for the Middle East, which comprises the United Nations, the Russian Federation, the United States and the European Union to salvage the two-state solution to the Middle East conflict.

He said in the aftermath of the 22 January Israeli election, international partners have been discussing how to create "the conditions by which a two- state solution becomes reality rather than mere rhetoric".

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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