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UN Security Council May Adopt Resolution on Gaza Soon

Britain’s ambassador to the UN hopes Security Council will unanimously adopt a resolution on the situation in Gaza "in the next few days".
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 8/30/2014, 1:27 AM

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Britain’s ambassador to the United Nations said on Friday he hopes the Security Council will be able to unanimously adopt a resolution on the situation in Gaza "in the next few days," according to The Associated Press (AP).

Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, whose country holds the council presidency this month, gave reporters no further details.

UN diplomats have been working on merging a draft resolution by Jordan with elements from Britain, France and Germany as well as elements from the United States’ proposal, according to AP.

The Palestinian Authority’s ambassador Riyad Mansour said Thursday that a resolution that includes an international monitoring mechanism would be a useful deterrent to more fighting, but that disarming Gaza is "not realistic."

Last week, before a new long-term truce was reached, the Security Council urged Israel and the Palestinian Arabs to return to the negotiating table to quickly agree on a lasting ceasefire in Gaza.

The 15-member council "offered full support to the Egyptian initiative and called upon the parties to resume negotiations to urgently reach a sustainable and lasting ceasefire."

While there have been calls for a resolution condemning Israel over its actions in Gaza, such a resolution would likely be vetoed by the United States.

Meanwhile, Israel's ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, this week submitted to the Security Council a list of Hamas war crimes that took place during Operation Protective Edge.

In a message accompanying the list, Prosor wrote that “despite the fact that the Council recognizes that Hamas has committed war crimes, nothing has been done yet about them.”

Prosor submitted a lengthy, detailed list of all the rockets fired by Hamas – their targets and the damage they caused – with nearly all of them fired at civilian targets, which in itself is a war crime, as well as many examples of Hamas using the Gaza civilian population as human shields, launching attacks from homes, schools, and hospitals.

“I expect the Security Council to loudly condemn Hamas' activities. The Council cannot remain silent over the use by Hamas of Gaza civilians as human shields,” he said.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)