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Israelis and Palestinians on a ‘collision course,’ UN envoy says

A senior UN official expresses concern about “inflammatory rhetoric” between Israelis and Palestinians, who in turn traded accusations of victimization before the Security Council.

“Israelis and Palestinians remain on a collision course amid escalating political and inflammatory rhetoric as well as heightened violence in the West Bank,” UN Middle East peace envoy Tor Wennesland tells the Security Council.

He called it “imperative” for both sides to refrain “from provocations and unilateral steps — including at the Holy sites in Jerusalem — that undermine… the ability to achieve a negotiated peace.”

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