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US envoy chastises Security Council for disproportionately focusing on Israel

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield chastises the Security Council for disproportionately focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“This Council spends a great deal of time on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is both understandable and consistent with the agenda. But far too often, the substance of these discussions is centered almost entirely around criticism of Israel and counterattacks,” she says in her remarks.

“I sincerely hope that going forward, Council members will do their best to take a more balanced approach. Also, there are other countries and situations in the region that merit Security Council attention and should not be neglected,” Thomas-Greenfield says.

The envoy goes on to state that “humanitarian actors need regular, predictable, and sustained access to Gaza,” in an apparent criticism of Israel, which controls most of the crossings into the blockaded coastal enclave.

She urges countries to follow the Biden administration’s lead after it donated $318 million to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, while calling for the organization to “undertake the necessary reforms to ensure its financial sustainability.”

US Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks to reporters during a news conference, at United Nations headquarters. on March 1, 2021. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

Turning to Hamas, Thomas-Greenfield calls on the Gaza ruling group to end its “cruel detention of two Israeli civilians,” Hisham al-Sayed and Avera Mengistu, along with the bodies of fallen soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul.

Thomas-Greenfield expresses the US’ deep concern with recent settler violence against Palestinians and their property, and calls on the Israeli government to investigate the attacks, “including the response by Israeli security forces,” who have often been filmed standing idly by without intervening.

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