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11 Jan 2018 description

Jerusalem, 11 January 2018

"In the aftermath of the decision to advance over 1,000 housing units in the occupied West Bank, I reiterate that Israeli settlement construction is illegal under international law and is one of the major obstacles to peace. I urge the Israeli authorities to cease and reverse such actions.

18 Dec 2017 description

Mr. President,

Members of the Security Council,

On behalf of the Secretary-General, I devote my regular briefing on the situation in the Middle East today to presenting the fourth report on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 covering the period from 20 September to 18 December.

I will focus on developments on the ground in accordance with the provisions of the resolution, including on regional and international efforts to advance the peace process.

08 Dec 2017 description

[AS DELIVERED]

Mr. President,

Members of the Security Council,

Jerusalem is one of the most complex and perhaps captivating cities in the world.

Of all the final status issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as identified in the Oslo Accords — refugees, settlements, security arrangements, borders, relations and cooperation with neighbours, and other issues of common interest – Jerusalem is perhaps the most emotionally charged and difficult subject.

20 Nov 2017 description

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Mr. President,

Members of the Security Council,

I brief you today as critical intra-Palestinian talks are scheduled to open in Cairo tomorrow. The United Nations, the Middle East Quartet and the international community continue our support for Egyptian efforts to sustainably implement the recent intra-Palestinian agreement and return Gaza under the control of the legitimate Palestinian Authority.

Mr. President,

16 Nov 2017 description

On 17 October, the UN Deputy Special Coordinator/Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Robert Piper, undertook a visit to a number of educational facilities in H2 to learn about and understand the current conditions and challenges relating to realizing the right to education in this area of Hebron. He was joined by a number of representatives from UN agencies and international donors.

01 Nov 2017 description
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Jerusalem, 1 November 2017

"I welcome the full return of the Gaza crossings to the control of the Palestinian Authority. This is a landmark development in the implementation of the intra-Palestinian agreement, signed in Cairo on 12 October. The positive momentum should be maintained and the Palestinian Government must be fully empowered to function in Gaza.

22 Oct 2017 description

Jerusalem, 22 October 2017

"I condemn the latest statements made by some Hamas leaders reportedly calling for the destruction of the State of Israel. They do not serve the interest of peace and the goal of achieving a negotiated two-state solution.

Under the auspices of Egypt, Palestinian leaders have embarked on a course to solve the grave humanitarian crisis in Gaza and enable the government to take up its responsibilities in the Strip. I encourage them not be distracted from this objective.”

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18 Oct 2017 description

Mr. President,

Members of the Security Council,

Today’s briefing is taking place as important developments unfold to end the more than ten-year long Palestinian divide and return Gaza to the full control of the legitimate Palestinian Authority.

Last month when Hamas dissolved the Administrative Committee, a parallel institution to run governmental affairs in Gaza, it agreed that the Palestinian Government of National Consensus should assume its responsibilities in the Strip.

16 Oct 2017 description

Ramallah, 16 October 2017

“This afternoon I met with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to discuss the implementation of the intra-Palestinian agreement that was signed in Cairo on 12 October.

The agreement provides for the return of the crossings of Gaza to the Palestinian Authority by 1 November. The timely and effective implementation of this provision and concrete steps to alleviate the humanitarian crisis will be critical for effectively empowering the Palestinian Government in Gaza.

03 Oct 2017 description

“This morning I met with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza. I was encouraged by the firm commitment of President Abbas and the Government to return to Gaza under the full control of the legitimate Palestinian Authority. This is essential for resolving the humanitarian situation as soon as possible, most notably the crippling electricity and health crises, and should facilitate the lifting of the movement and access restrictions on Gaza, in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1860.

28 Sep 2017 description

“The Envoys of the Middle East Quartet from the Russian Federation, the United States, the European Union and the United Nations welcome efforts, including those of Egypt, to create the conditions for the Palestinian Authority to assume its responsibilities in Gaza.

26 Sep 2017 description

“I condemn this morning’s shooting attack by a Palestinian perpetrator in the Har Adar settlement in which one Israeli policeman and two security guards were killed, and another was seriously injured. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of all victims and I hope for a full and speedy recovery of the wounded.

It is deplorable that Hamas and others continue to glorify such attacks, which undermine the possibility of a peaceful future for both Palestinians and Israelis. I urge all to condemn violence and stand up to terror.”

25 Sep 2017 description

Mr. President,

Members of the Security Council,

Today I devote my regular briefing to the Council to reporting, on behalf of the SecretaryGeneral, on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 (2016) during the period from 20 June to 20 September.

In this third report, I will once again focus on developments on the ground in accordance with the provisions of the resolution, including on regional and international efforts to advance the peace process.

Mr. President,

17 Sep 2017 description
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“I welcome the recent statement by Hamas announcing the dissolving of the Administrative Committee in Gaza and agreement to allow the Government of National Consensus to assume its responsibilities in Gaza.

I commend the Egyptian authorities for their tireless efforts in creating this positive momentum. All parties must seize this opportunity to restore unity and open a new page for the Palestinian people.

15 Sep 2017 description

UN Report: Absence of a political process impedes Palestinian development while Gaza humanitarian crisis worsens

13 Sep 2017 description
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“I welcome the recent developments related to Palestinian unity in Cairo. Reconciliation is critical to addressing the grave humanitarian crisis in Gaza, preventing the continuing militant buildup and restoring hope for the future.

I urge all parties to seize the current positive momentum and reach an agreement that would allow the Palestinian Government to immediately take up its responsibilities in Gaza.

12 Sep 2017 description

Prof Reichman, President and Founder of the Interdisciplinary Centre (IDC) in Herzliya,

Prof Ganor, Founder and Executive Director of the IDC,

Chairman of the Board, Mr Shavit,

Honourable Minister Shaked,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for the opportunity to address the 17th World Summit on Counter-Terrorism.

It is quite symbolic that we meet today on September 11th, a day at which practically anyone in the western world will remember where they were 16 years ago on this day when the biggest terrorist attack on American soil happened.

28 Aug 2017 description

Secretary-General: Thank you very much, Mr. President, for your warm welcome. I started the visit to your beautiful country with two very emotional moments: first in Yad Vashem and then in the Grove of Nations; and Yad Vashem is there to remind us of the holocaust and to remind us of how important it is even today as the holocaust was not more than the culmination of millennia of expression of anti-Semitism around the world through discriminations and persecution that I witness also in my own county in the middle ages and then with the expulsion of Jews in the 16th century.