UN / PALESTINE ISRAEL

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UN chief António Guterres called on Israel to abandon its annexation plans and stressed that, “if implemented, annexation would constitute a most serious violation of international law.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 24 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, United Nations headquarters exterior

24 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Multiple screen, participants
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We are at a watershed moment. Israel’s threat to annex parts of the occupied West Bank has alarmed Palestinians, many Israelis and the broader international community. If implemented, annexation would constitute a most serious violation of international law, grievously harm the prospect of a two-State solution and undercut the possibilities of a renewal of negotiations. I call on the Israeli Government to abandon its annexation plans.”
4. Multiple screen, participants
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process:
“As the prospect of a negotiated two-State solution is undercut, the specter of anger, radicalization and violence emerges. Beyond the legal, security and economic implications, the threat of unilaterally annexing parts of the West Bank will send one message and one message alone – bilateral negotiations cannot achieve a just peace. We cannot allow this to happen. No good can come out of the breakdown of dialogue and communications. Diplomacy must be given a chance. All of us who believe in the legitimate right of both Palestinians and Israelis to self-determination, security and a brighter future must reject this move and consolidate efforts to preserve a sustainable two-State solution.”
6. Multiple screen, participants
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General, Arab League:
“If implemented annexation plans would not only be detrimental to chances of peace today but will destroy any prospects of peace in the future. Palestinians will totally lose faith in a negotiated settlement. I’m afraid Arabs too will lose interest in regional peace. A new dark reality will set in visive this conflict and in the region at large."
8. Multiple screen, participants
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Kelly Craft, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“I understand that many of you have concerns with this issue of the potential extension of Israeli sovereignty in the West Bank. At the same time, we ask that you also hold the Palestinian leadership accountable for acts they are responsible for. It does not help anyone to only look backwards and point to what could have been. The Palestinian leadership has a responsibility to pursue the prosperity of their people. At the end of the day, is reverting to old talking points the best we can do as an international community?”
10. Multiple screen, participants
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad al-Maliki, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Palestine:
“Israel is testing the resolve of the international community, thinking its colonial appetite will prevail over the collective international will to advance regional peace and security, and to preserve the rule-based multilateral order. We must prove it wrong.”
12. Multiple screen, participants
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad al-Maliki, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Palestine:
"This ideology fostered a narrative that Palestinians should be grateful that Israel was ready to give them back any part of their own land, fragmented and besieged enclaves, [inaudible], that Palestinians may even be allowed to call a state of their own. Genuine negotiations must aim at ending occupation to achieve peace not at perpetuating occupation and calling it peace."
14. Multiple screen, participants
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“There is a strong and undeniable connection between the Jewish people and their historic homeland of Judea and Samaria. This has been true for over three millennia and no Palestinian propaganda can change that."
16. Multiple screen, participants
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“Let’s be honest. Let's be clear. The PLO is not and never was a state and has never been the sovereign over this territory. Never. Prove me wrong with that.”
18. Multiple screen, participants
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
"The discussion over the extension of Israeli sovereignty to certain areas in Judea and Samaria does not stand in the way of peace. What stands in the way of peace is Palestinian rejectionism and the encouragement that they get from some in the international community. It is time that the Palestinians realise that rejectionism is a losing strategy. It is time that the international community chooses realism over rejectionism."
20. Multiple screen, participants

STORYLINE:

UN chief António Guterres called on Israel to abandon its annexation plans and stressed that, “if implemented, annexation would constitute a most serious violation of international law.”


Addressing a high-level virtual meeting of the Security Council today (24 Jun) Guterres said the situation in Israel and Palestine was at a “watershed moment.” He said, “Israel’s threat to annex parts of the occupied West Bank has alarmed Palestinians, many Israelis and the broader international community.”


Guterres added, “If implemented, annexation would constitute a most serious violation of international law, grievously harm the prospect of a two-State solution and undercut the possibilities of a renewal of negotiations.”


The UN chief said he would continue to consistently speak out against any unilateral steps that would undermine peace and the chances for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through meaningful negotiations.


UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov said annexation could irrevocably alter the nature of Israeli-Palestinian relations and risks up-ending more than a quarter of a century of international efforts in support of a future viable Palestinian.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process:
“As the prospect of a negotiated two-State solution is undercut, the specter of anger, radicalization and violence emerges. Beyond the legal, security and economic implications, the threat of unilaterally annexing parts of the West Bank will send one message and one message alone – bilateral negotiations cannot achieve a just peace. We cannot allow this to happen. No good can come out of the breakdown of dialogue and communications. Diplomacy must be given a chance. All of us who believe in the legitimate right of both Palestinians and Israelis to self-determination, security and a brighter future must reject this move and consolidate efforts to preserve a sustainable two-State solution.”

Mladenov asked the Security Council to join the Secretary-General in his call for an immediate reengagement, with no preconditions, between the Middle East Quartet – the United States, the
Russian Federation, the European Union and the United Nations – and the Palestinian leadership,
Israel and the countries of the region in order to find a way out of the current crisis.


Ahmed Abdoul Gheit, Secretary-General of the Arab League, said Palestinians chose the path of peace and coexistence since 1993, yet for three decades real peace and the creation of a Palestinian State remained elusive as negotiations faltered. He said despair is dominating the Palestinian mood and scene.

SOUNDBITE (English) Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General, Arab League:
“If implemented annexation plans would not only be detrimental to chances of peace today but will destroy any prospects of peace in the future. Palestinians will totally lose faith in a negotiated settlement. I’m afraid Arabs too will lose interest in regional peace. A new dark reality will set in visive this conflict and in the region at large."

Aboul Gheit said the effectiveness of the Security Council was also at stake adding that the move has the potential of igniting a religious war in the region and beyond.


United States ambassador Kelly Craft said President Trump has dedicated so much time and energy into developing his ‘Vision for Peace’ plan, which she said was designed to lead the sides to a realistic two-state solution.

She said without dismissing the hard work put in by dedicated peacemakers over the years, Council members could agree past efforts have not brought the sides closer to peace.

SOUNDBITE (English) Kelly Craft, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“I understand that many of you have concerns with this issue of the potential extension of Israeli sovereignty in the West Bank. At the same time, we ask that you also hold the Palestinian leadership accountable for acts they are responsible for. It does not help anyone to only look backwards and point to what could have been. The Palestinian leadership has a responsibility to pursue the prosperity of their people. At the end of the day, is reverting to old talking points the best we can do as an international community?”

Craft said the repetitive rhetoric in the Council only inflames tensions, antagonizes the parties, and undercuts any chance of real, lasting peace. She urged Palestinian leadership to look closely at the ‘Vision for Peace’ plan and to engage with the United States.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said Israel was drunk on power propelled by infinite impunity. He said Israel continues downhill towards escalating conflict due to its oppressive regime combining colonialism and apartheid. He added that Israel believes that Security Council resolutions are binding for others, international courts have jurisdiction over others, and sanctions are for others.

SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad al-Maliki, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Palestine:
“Israel is testing the resolve of the international community, thinking its colonial appetite will prevail over the collective international will to advance regional peace and security, and to preserve the rule-based multilateral order. We must prove it wrong.”

Al-Maliki stressed that Israel needs to know that annexation will have immediate and tangible repercussions. He called on the international community to adopt effective measures, including sanctions, to deter annexation and all unlawful policies that have prepared the ground for it.

The Palestinian Foreign Minister said the Oslo Accords of 1993 were supposed to transform Israelis and Palestinians into peace partners, but Israel continued to wage a war on Palestinian lives and rights, adding that the accord could not survive the West Bank annexations.

Al-Maliki said annexation is the ultimate breach of the UN charter and could not go unchallenged. He stressed that the only explanation for annexation is an extremist ideology rooted in denial of Palestinians right to the land, disregard for international law, and a negation of history.

SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad al-Maliki, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Palestine:
"This ideology fostered a narrative that Palestinians should be grateful that Israel was ready to give them back any part of their own land, fragmented and besieged enclaves, [inaudible], that Palestinians may even be allowed to call a state of their own. Genuine negotiations must aim at ending occupation to achieve peace not at perpetuating occupation and calling it peace."

The Foreign Minister said Palestinians remained committed to peace. He called for an international peace conference and multilateral mechanism to help advance peace by holding parties accountable.


Israeli ambassador Danny Danon said Palestinians repeatedly chose rejectionism over realism since the beginning of the conflict and promoted it alongside the glorification of terrorism.

He said the reality was that Israel wants peace and security, adding that there are significant regional opportunities, most notably the US plan. Danon said Israel agreed to negotiations with the Palestinians on basis of US peace plan and expected the international community to make it clear to the Palestinians that their refusal to engage will not advance their interest.

The Israeli ambassador said solutions that may have be relevant years ago are no longer realistic. He said Palestinians built a false narrative of the conflict encouraged by some in the international community.

SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“There is a strong and undeniable connection between the Jewish people and their historic homeland of Judea and Samaria. This has been true for over three millennia and no Palestinian propaganda can change that."

Danon said, should Israel decide to extend its sovereignty over part of the West Bank, it would be doing so with respect to areas to which it has always maintained a legitimate historical and legal claim. He said God gave the Jewish people the land as stated in the bible, which he said is the cornerstone of the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths. He also stressed that the international community recognized the right of the Jewish people to the land long before founding of Palestinian Authority (PA).


SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“Let’s be honest. Let's be clear. The PLO is not and never was a state and has never been the sovereign over this territory. Never. Prove me wrong with that.”

Danon said Israel heard arguments that its decisions would harm regional stability many times before, but that did not materialize. He said Israel would continue to promote its interest, which include a realistic and secure peace with all its neighbours and not allow some in international community to try to intimidate it with threat of violence.

The Israeli ambassador said, "The discussion over the extension of Israeli sovereignty to certain areas in Judea and Samaria does not stand in the way of peace. What stands in the way of peace is Palestinian rejectionism and the encouragement that they get from some in the international community. It is time that the Palestinians realise that rejectionism is a losing strategy. It is time that the international community chooses realism over rejectionism."
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