UN suspends Gaza debate

2012-11-22 09:27

New York — With a cease-fire announced in the Gaza crisis, the UN Security Council called off a formal open debate that had been scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

The council had been silent since Israel launched air raids on Hamas in Gaza last Wednesday in response to months of Hamas rocket fire into Israel.

Arab nations had called for an open Security Council debate if a cease-fire was not arranged, and Russia was ready to introduce a resolution calling for a cease-fire.

Instead, the council held closed consultations, then heard a report by videoconference from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who since Monday has been talking with Middle East leaders.

Ban welcomed the cease-fire and said it was urgent that humanitarian aid be delivered to Gaza.

As the meeting ended, the council's president this month, Indian Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri, read out a press statement adopted by consensus welcoming the cease-fire and commending Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi for helping achieve it.

No blame assigned

It also called for more humanitarian said to be delivered with the cooperation of Israel, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority. No mention was made of Hamas, which actually governs on the ground in Gaza.

The statement made no reference to who started or stoked the cycle of violence. The council had been paralysed for days, while the violence raged, over US refusal to approve a statement that did not refer to the months of Hamas rocket fire into Israel that led up to the Israeli air strikes. Britain and Germany also wanted to see some reference to the Hamas rocket fire in a statement.

In the end, no blame was assigned.

US Ambassador Susan Rice also had made it clear that Washington did not want any council action or speeches to inflame passions or undermine the goal of mediating a cease-fire.

She came out after the council meeting to emphasise that the crisis began with "the escalating barrages of rockets launched from Gaza by Hamas and other terrorist organisations" into Israel. She mourned the Israeli and Palestinian casualties, and called for renewed work to push for the two-state solution establishing a Palestinian state, alongside Israel.

  • moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-22 09:48

    Well done Israel.- the Arabs started yet another war which you successfully ended. I would like to praise Egypt for a job well done in the ceasefire... And I pray Hamas learns from their mistakes, no rockets mean no Israel over you heads, stop the terror and live in peace for the sake of 6 billion ppl.

      byron.matthews.562 - 2012-11-22 13:48

      so what happens to the settlements being built on the west bank JERUSALEM | Tue Nov 6, 2012 6:17am EST (Reuters) - Israel has announced plans to press ahead with construction of 1,213 homes on annexed West Bank land, defying international opposition to its settlement policies. The Israel Land Administration on Monday published notices inviting bids from contractors to build on plots in Ramot and Pisgat Zeev, urban settlements that Israel has declared part of Jerusalem. The plans call for the building of 607 new homes in Pisgat Zeev and 606 in Ramot. Tens of thousands of Israelis already live in the two areas. The Israeli anti-settlement group Peace Now said on Tuesday that an additional tender for the construction of 72 homes in the West Bank settlement of Ariel was reissued on Monday after a previous notice failed to attract winning bidders

      Tauseef - 2012-11-22 17:01

      what well done Israel!!! YOU fool!!! they are the TERRORIST killing innocent muslims... are you soooo brained washed... what a idoit!!!

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-11-22 18:30

      imagine a man who drives a Mini and another who drives a large lorry – let’s call them Abdul and Avi. Now imagine that Abdul hates Avi – really hates him. One day, Abdul can’t restrain himself any longer and drives his Mini full-tilt into the back of Avi’s lorry: Kerprangg!!! Of course, the Mini is totalled, while some limited damage is sustained by the lorry. Abdul now totters, bleeding from multiple injuries, from the wreck of his vehicle and commences taunting Avi: “Nyaaaa! Look what I’ve done to your lorry! Nyaaaa!!”

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-22 19:22

      Tauseef, are you even aware that HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of innocent Muslims are being slaughtered by the unelected dictators and Jihadists in your midsts? WAKE UP! YOU'RE ALLOWING YOURSELF TO BE PLAYED BY THESE DICTATORS, WHO ARE ARMING AND INCITING THE PALESTINIANS TO DISTRACT YOU FROM WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO YOUR COMMUNITY.

  • peanutcluster - 2012-11-22 19:54

    The Jewish settlers from Eastern Europe are on the wrong side of history. Of course they have a bigger stick, more resources and powerful friends. The Jewish Defense League and AIPAC in the US are very powerful organizations with immense financial muscle and huge influence over the Whitehouse and Downing street, however... just as we thought the sun never set on the British Empire - it set! By 2030 half the world's economic activity will take place among the BRICS nations who 10 years ago weren't a blip on the global radar screen. The US is 16 trillion in debt and facing a fiscal cliff. The Eurozone is in turmoil, Greeks and Spaniards are rioting in the streets - throwing petrol bombs at the police. So what seems impossible today is highly probable tomorrow. At some point in the near future Israel will be seen for what it is - an expensive hobby! An unsustainable expensive diversion, attractive to religious zealots and fundamentalists! Add to this the fact that the Arabs and Muslims ain't going anywhere - Islam is growing despite the most vigorous efforts by the mainstream media to demonise Islam. So take all this into consideration and it becomes patently clear that the prognosis for the colonial experiment in Israel is not a good one. If I were a Jew in Tel Aviv, I'd hold onto that US passport with all my might or better still get a Polish, Lithuanian or Ukranian one! Should be hard cause most of them were born there!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-23 13:08

      Israel was created in 1948 from 52% of the land formerly occupied by the Jewish and Palestinian people, and Palestine 43%. Most of the Israeli territory was the Negev Desert. Jerusalem fell into neither territory. Palestinians with their unelected, self-serving neighbors declared war on Israel the very next day. In the 1960's they even invaded Israel twice. Full military invasions. The result: Israel survived and pushed them back, gaining territory in the process. This is the origin of what you wrongly call "stealing land". There have been almost daily attacks by Palestinians, incited by their self-serving unelected backers. Palestinians even teach their children at Kindergarten to attack Israel, rather than be peaceful. Children. Kindergarten. From day one, and even today it's wage war on Israel. Israel defends herself. Yes sometimes going too far, which is unacceptable, but self-defense nonetheless. All that needs to happen is for Palestinians to choose peace side by side with Israel. This is more likely going forward now because the unelected dictators are being removed from power by their people, one by one. They will no longer use the Palestinians for their own internal political ploys.

  • peanutcluster - 2012-11-22 20:09

    If the POTUS' name is Barak "Hussein" Obama and he got elected to a second term, by African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, young people and women, then know this - the US is changing - it will not be a "white" country much longer! The world is changing and Israel's status as a pariah will become more and more evident! The writing's on the wall! I still say a grassroots movement in Israel advocating the message that the Jewish settlers should regard themselves as Palestinians of Jewish origin is the best solution!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-23 13:08

      Two groups of people resented and opposed the creation of an Israeli homeland for the Jewish people after the horrors of World War II, notwithstanding that the amount of land was a tiny, minuscule slither relative to the vast lands of the one group, and Jewish people had inhabited that land for millennia. Guess which groups that was, and is. Racist Muslims and White Supremacists.

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