Israel Rejects Official Visit by UN Security Council to Assess Lands for Future Palestinian State
JNS.org – Israel has rejected a request by the UN Security Council to come to Israel and assess lands the Palestinians demand be given to them for a Palestinian state, according to a report by Ynet.
Equitorial Guinea’s UN Ambassador and current UNSC President Anatolio Ndong Mba was authorized to pitch the idea to Israeli and Palestinian ambassadors.
While Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour was reportedly enthusiastic about the idea, Kuwaiti Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi said Ndong Mba told the council in a closed-door session on Wednesday that Israel has declined the idea, adding that individual ambassadors would still be welcome to visit.
The request came after the United States thwarted an Security Council statement promoted by Indonesia and Kuwait, and blocked by additional Arab delegates expressing regret that Israel did not renew the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) mandate, which it has resigned every six months since 1994.