With daily violence mounting out of control in the occupied West Bank, leaders in both Israel and Palestine need to come together and take steps to restore peace as best as they can, albeit with the utmost support of the International Community.
In the wake of escalating confrontations between Israeli security forces (ISF) and militants, culminating in a large ISF raid in Nablus early last week, which saw five Palestinians killed and 21 wounded.
The UN has called on both leaderships “to recognize what is at stake and to take the steps within their power to restore calm”, and stressed on addressing “core political issues or “the deep-rooted mistrust and hostility will continue to grow. The mounting frustration and anger of Palestinians are palpable in the face of decades of Israeli occupation.”
The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland while addressing the Security Council reiterated that the Palestinian Authority (PA) the governing body of the West Bank under the 1994 Oslo Accords, “urgently needs the economic support and political space to fully exercise its authority, including security, in areas under its control.”
An overwhelming population of Palestinians has been the victims of sporadic violence in recent weeks creating an atmosphere of frustration anger and helplessness and it is becoming increasingly difficult to control.
Owing to the absence of meaningful and constructive negotiations and a failure to resolve key issues the decade-old conflicts have fuelled to very dangerous propositions, resulting in continued violence killing scores of innocent people on both the Israeli and Palestinian sides.
There is an urgent need for economic support and political space for the ‘Palestinian Authority (PA) the governing body of the West Bank under the 1994 Oslo Accords, for fully exercising its authority, including security, in areas under its control.”
The immediate priority is to work for retraining the situation and reverse the negative trends on the ground. This will require concerted efforts by both the warring parties, supported by the international community.”
However, the beleaguered ‘Palestinian Authority needs support, so that it can return to the political process. Failure at this juncture in implementing effective strategies for tackling both the symptoms and the root causes of violent escalation will only worsen an already volatile situation.
Deadliest Year – 2022
“So far, 2022 is going to be the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank since the UN humanitarian affairs office began systematically tracking Palestinian fatalities in 2005.
The Israeli settler-colonialism violence and provocations have also increased during the recent period, aiding and abetting the escalating violence in West Bank towns.
Appalling Deaths of Children and the most vulnerable
One of the most appalling and unfortunate happenings is the deaths and injuries among the youngest, and most vulnerable. Of late children continue to be the victims of deadly violence.
Some Positive Developments
There have been some positive developments in between – meetings in Algeria between the Israeli and Palestinian leadership including Hamas who control the Gaza strip. The Algerian declaration was signed by 14 Palestinian factions including the Fatah and the Hamas.
In the declaration, the factions agreed, inter alia, to recognize the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) as the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people and to hold elections for the presidency of the Palestinian Authority, the Palestinian Legislative Council, and the Palestinian National Council.
The two-State solution, on 1967 lines
The ‘Two-State’ solution is the most plausible way out and the UN has also reiterated its stand to remain actively engaged with all relevant parties and is committed to supporting Palestinians and Israelis, to resolve the conflict by ending the occupation and realizing a two-State solution based on the 1967 lines, in line with relevant UN resolutions, international law and bilateral agreements.