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Palestinian UN envoy warns of ‘the end of the road’ for 2-state solution

Luke Tress is an editor and a reporter in New York for The Times of Israel.

Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour addresses the Security Council on August 8, 2022. (Screen capture/UN TV)
Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour addresses the Security Council on August 8, 2022. (Screen capture/UN TV)

The Palestinian envoy to the UN warns that the two-state solution is at imminent risk as the General Assembly holds a plenary meeting on the conflict.

“We are at the end of the road for the two-state solution. Either the international community summons the will to act decisively or it will let peace die passively. Passively, not peacefully,” Riyad Mansour tells the world body.

He calls on the international community to pressure Israel and for the UN to grant the Palestinians full recognition.

“The alternative is what we are living under now — a regime that has combined the evils of colonialism and apartheid,” he says.

He blasts the incoming Netanyahu-led coalition as “the most colonial, racist and extremist government in the history of Israel” and celebrates the UN’s request for the International Court of Justice to weigh in on the conflict.

Mansour also lauds the harassment of Israeli journalists at the World Cup in Qatar as a “decisive blow to Israel’s delusions” of regional acceptance.

“The winner of this World Cup is already known. It is Palestine, with its flag carried by people from every corner of the Arab world and the rest of the globe,” Mansour says. “Ask any Israeli journalist at the World Cup and they will tell you that nothing can normalize Israeli occupation.”

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