Arab states are upping the pressure on the UN to adopt a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, and the installation of a UN observer force, following the killings in Beit Hanoun. Around 450 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since the end of June. Now the Arab league, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, and the Non-Aligned Movement are pushing for UN intervention.
The Palestinian’s UN observer Riyad Mansour; “This is terrorism, this is state terrorism. These are war crimes for which the perpetrators must be held accountable under international law”.
The wording of the resolution needs further work before a vote, which could take place next week. However Israel’s man at the UN Daniel Carmon had some strong words of his own; “What is enough time, when is it okay to say no more? After 1000 rockets? After 2000 rockets? When is enough enough?”
The USA is likely to use its veto in any vote, and Carmon added that while Israel regretted the mistake that led to the Beit Hanoun tragedy, he said the dead were “victims of Hamas terrorism”, and that if “rockets stopped sailing out of Gaza into Israel, the incident would never have happened”.