UN Mideast envoy: ‘We can no longer lurch from crisis to crisis’

United Nations envoy Tor Wennesland briefs the Security Council about the situtation in the Middle East.

Wennesland tells the council that in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza, “political stagnation is fueling tensions, instability and a deepening sense of hopelessness.”

He warns that “we can no longer lurch from crisis to crisis. Our approach cannot be to address the current situation piecemeal – incident by incident, on a short-term day-to-day basis as stand-alone issues.”

He calls for “a broader package of parallel steps by the government of Israel, the PA and the international community” to “address key political, security and economic challenges that are preventing progress.”

Tor Wennesland, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, addresses the Security Council, on October 19, 2021. (Video screenshot)

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