The Secretary-General of the United Nations warns that Israel’s rejection of the two-state solution threatens world peace

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UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – The United Nations Secretary-General warned Israel on Tuesday against this Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Rejecting the two-state solution would indefinitely prolong a conflict that threatens world peace and embolden extremists everywhere.

In his strongest language yet regarding the war between Israel and Hamas, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said at a ministerial meeting of the UN Security Council that “the right of the Palestinian people to build their fully independent state must be recognized by all, and he refused to accept the two-state solution before.” “Any party should be strongly rejected.”

He added that the alternative of a one-state solution “with so many Palestinians inside without any real sense of freedom, rights and dignity… would be unthinkable.”

Guterres also warned that the risks of regional escalation of the conflict “have now become a reality,” referring to Lebanon, Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Pakistan. He urged all parties to “step back from the brink and consider the horrific costs” of a wider war.

Netanyahu’s refusal to establish a Palestinian state in any post-war scenario has led to a wide rift with the United States, Israel’s closest ally, which says the war should lead to negotiations for a two-state solution in which Israel and the Palestinians can live side by side in their own lands. Hello. This goal is supported by countries around the world, as ministers and ambassadors confirmed on Tuesday.

The UN Secretary-General also reiterated his long-standing call for a humanitarian ceasefire – a call supported by almost all countries.

But Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, once again rejected a ceasefire, saying that Hamas, which carried out the operation Brutal attack It is committed to launching an attack on southern Israel on October 7, attacking and destroying Israel again, and stopping the fighting will only allow militants to “regroup and re-arm.”

He urged the Security Council to “eliminate the roots” of the conflict, which he said was Iran.

Erdan strongly criticized the presence of the Iranian Foreign Minister at the Council meeting, saying that his country provides weapons to Hamas, Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon and Houthi militants in Yemen, “and soon these actions will be carried out under a nuclear umbrella.”

Iran has long denied seeking nuclear weapons and insists that its nuclear program is entirely for peaceful purposes. But the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency has warned that Iran has enough enriched uranium to make nuclear bombs if it chose to build one.

Riyad al-Maliki, the Palestinian Foreign Minister, said that Israel is carrying out the “most brutal bombing campaign” since World War II, which is leading to famine and mass displacement of civilians. “This is an assault on atrocities,” he said, which have claimed countless innocent lives.

the Ministry of Health In the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by Hamas He says that more than 25,000 Palestinians have been killed since the beginning of the war, which caused widespread destruction, displaced an estimated 85% of Gaza’s population of 2.3 million, and left a quarter of Gaza’s population behind. Facing famine.

Israel began its military campaign in response to the October 7 attacks, in which militants from the Gaza Strip killed about 1,200 people in Israel and took about 250 hostage.

Al-Maliki said that Israel does not view the Palestinians as a people and “a political reality that must be coexisted with, but rather as a demographic threat that must be eliminated through death, displacement, or oppression.” He said that these are the options that Israel presented to the Palestinians, describing them as “genocide, ethnic cleansing, or apartheid.”

Al-Maliki said there are only two paths to the future: one begins with Palestinian freedom and leads to peace and security in the Middle East, and the other denies freedom and “dooms our region to more bloodshed and endless conflict.”

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Associated Press writer Michael Weissenstein contributed to this report.

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