UN should not fail Gaza

Ban Ki-Moon has made a pertinent point. The UN secretary-general has called upon all stakeholders in the Gaza conflict for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire, and one that should give way to a dialogue for addressing the issue in its totality.

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Published: Wed 30 Jul 2014, 9:33 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 9:35 PM

Ban has to walk the talk, and should not abdicate the mission to any of his nominees. It is high time the UN boss himself led this strategic dialogue in order to ensure that the Palestinian-Israeli imbroglio is addressed exclusively with due pressure on Israel to trade land for peace. This synopsis of land for peace has been on the agenda since the Arab League had brokered a thaw in 1990s and was part of the Fahd Peace Plan as well. Ban has rightly said that the pivotal dispute, ie, the occupation of territory, should be touched as there is no point in brokering ceasefires that do not further a peace regime in the long run.

Ban who has met several Arab and Israeli leaders in his shuttle diplomacy in the region has to lead from the front and put an end to this ordeal for all times to come. At the same time it is incumbent upon the UN Security Council to penalise Israel for the month-long manslaughter, which has claimed more than 1,100 lives, and left behind an enclave in debris. If Tel Aviv goes unpunished once again, one can say with certainty that the rogue state will come back to maim and kill the Palestinians. This has been happening for decades now and it’s time to say enough is enough. The UN should also take charge of Gaza so that the Israeli barbarism is stemmed for good.

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