UN, 1 Jul — RIA Novosti. Israel must end its occupation of the Palestinian territories, said Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzia.
“I fully agree that it is time to end the occupation, we talk about it constantly. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is in reality the key to resolving all other conflicts in the middle East. What is happening around the resolution of this conflict is not encouraging. Last week there was a meeting on this issue. We said clearly that the Palestinian conflict has become hostage to geopolitical unrest,” — said Nebenzia at the briefing for journalists.
According to him, if there is no decision which would satisfy both sides, the situation will remain “a source of instability in the middle East”.
“As for our warm relations with Israel, Yes, we are very lucky. We are friends with all countries in the middle East, without exception, unlike other countries, unfortunately. Yes, we have very good relations with Israel,” said the Russian diplomat.
Tuesday morning before dawn Wednesday, Palestinian militants fired at southern Israel over 70 rockets and missiles, the Israelis responded by bombing 65 targets in the Gaza strip — the various objects of the groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
The exchange of blows Israelis call the biggest escalation since a 50-day operation protective edge, which four years ago took the lives of two thousand Palestinians and 73 citizens of the Jewish state. This time either side has not received reports of casualties.
Wednesday’s ruling Gaza, the Hamas movement announced the return of “the resistance factions”, to interact with an unnamed intermediary of the ceasefire. In Israel deny the existence of formal agreements with the militants, but make it clear that the answer is “calm for calm”.
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