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Israel-Hamas Conflict: Ignoring Diplomatic Options

Updated: Oct 24, 2023

The recent United Nations Security Council emergency meeting, which was called as a result of the bloodshed between Israel and Hamas intensifying, emphasizes the pressing need for diplomatic options, a long-term resolution to this conflict.

The conflict's terrible toll on Israeli and Palestinian people has been seen by the entire world. While strong international condemnation of terrorist actions is important, it is obvious that doing so by itself would not end the conflict's fundamental roots. It is becoming more and more clear in light of these developments that a two-state solution is the only workable alternative.

In the conference behind closed doors, the United States, supported by a number of other nations, demanded a vehement condemnation of the "heinous terrorist attacks committed by Hamas." While some Security Council members did denounce the attacks, there was disagreement among council members as a whole. This disagreement among the council members emphasizes how complex the situation is and how difficult it is to get to a united decision.

Vassily Nebenzia, Russia's ambassador to the UN, highlighted the necessity of quickly putting an end to hostilities and starting productive dialogue, which have been inactive for years. The two-state solution must be revived in order to avoid a further escalation, according to Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jun. These assertions reflect a growing understanding that combating the conflict's underlying roots requires more than simply condemning attacks.

International condemnation of terrorist acts is a vital first step, but it hasn't been successful in finding a long-term solution to the Israel-Hamas conflict. Condemnation alone will not end the conflict's underlying problems, including territorial conflicts, historical grievances, and the ongoing humanitarian disaster.

The appeals for a two-state solution made during the Security Council meeting by Russia, China, and others show the growing understanding that this is the only realistic route to enduring peace in the region. The establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, with clear borders, equal access to resources, and reciprocal recognition, is what is meant by a "two-state solution."

A two-state solution offers a framework for addressing the conflict's root causes, which lowers the likelihood of additional violence. It would make it possible for Israelis and Palestinians to coexist in safety and peace. It recognizes that both Israelis and Palestinians have valid national aspirations. Each person has a right to statehood and self-determination.

The UN and the rest of the world's governments have traditionally backed the two-state solution. It continues to be the strategy for settling the conflict that is most frequently recognized. By resolving the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and enhancing living conditions in the West Bank, a two-state solution would lessen the suffering of Palestinian citizens while bringing peace and security for Israel.


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