Skip to comments.UN chief arrives in Israel, but no cease-fire expected
Posted on 07/22/2014 7:09:57 AM PDT by Star Traveler
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was due to land in Israel 2 P.M. Tuesday in an attempt to push for progress on a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. Ban's attempts to secure an hours-long humanitarian cease-fire over the course of the morning failed, however, after Israel rejected the proposal.
Immediately after landing in Israel, Ban will be taken to the Defense Ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv, where he will meet with Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and then Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Ban and Netanyahu are expected to hold a press conference at 4 P.M., after which Ban will head to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
On Wednesday, Ban will be back in Israel meet with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and opposition leader Isaac Herzog.
The UN chief is landing in Israel following a short trip to Cairo, where he met Monday night with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Together with his special envoy to the Middle East, Robert Serry, Ban tried through the night and into the morning to establish a humanitarian cease-fire that would begin at 10 A.M. and end at 3 P.M., to allow the situation to stabilize somewhat before Bans arrival in Israel.
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Kerry and Ban Ki-moon should share the same Israeli jail cell.
Notice how he went to Israel and not any hamas area? What’s wrong mr. un chief, worried about your safety?
Ceasefire Talks to Renew in Cairo as Egypt Slams Hamas [Israel]
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Monday that Israel will continue its offensive as long as necessary to stop rocket attacks by Hamas and terrorist infiltration from Gaza.
Meanwhile, a senior Egyptian official on Sunday accused Hamas of neglecting Palestinian citizens after officials claimed that one of the terrorist groups leaders, Khaled Mashaal, had been invited for Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire talks in Cairo.
This is yet another lie in a string of lies made by Hamas leaders, who continue to live comfortable lives abroad while abandoning the Palestinian citizens who are being killed by the day and paying with their lives for the political and military escapades of the organization, the official said, according to Israel Hayom.
US, UN pushing hard for immediate cease-fire in Gaza [Israel]
If Hamas really wants a cease-fire, I am sure that we can get to that, but they dont want one, Netanyahu tells Sky News Arabic; Arab TV reports say humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza imminent.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, in an interview with Sky News Arabic, pointed out that Israel accepted an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire last week. That proposal called for an immediate end to the violence, followed 48 hours later by negotiations regarding a more lasting agreement. Part of the proposal called for Palestinian Authority security officers, rather than Hamas men, to man the border crossing with Rafah.
In addition to that proposal, Israel Netanyahu said also accepted shorter humanitarian cease-fires brokered over the last few days first by the UN, and then by the Red Cross. In each case, he said, Hamas violated the cease-fire.
If Hamas really wants a cease-fire, I am sure that we can get to that, he said. But they dont want one.
One government official said that while Israel was ready for a cease fire, Hamas cannot come out of a ceasefire looking like a victor. Israel would be skeptical of any proposal that could be seen as a victory for Hamas.
He is preaching to the choir, Hamas is the one to convince
Ban Ki Moon is a typical UN bureaucrat moron. That he would even talk with skerry shows his bad judgement. While moon is iun Israel maybe he’ll get the experience of a hamas “love rocket” up close and personal.
Didn’t Egypt broker a cease fire last week and didn’t Israel accept it and didn’t Hamas reject it?
Nobody remembers this? That Hamas had their chance and decided to continue lobbing rockets into Israel? I guess obongo and the UN think that is just fine? NO warnings and indiscriminate killing of anybody by Hamas?
If Israel would kill them all and let God sort it out I’d be fine with that.
Post #5 ... :-) ...
Israel’s all grown up - they don’t need ‘approval or assistance’ from the UN for anything. Netanyahu’s being gracious to these fools...
UN’s Ban arrives, says no country would allow rockets to rain down on its cities [Israel and Hamas]
No country would accept rockets raining down on its civilians, and all countries and parties have an international obligation to protect civilians, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.
Ban, who arrived in Israel as part of his effort together with US Secretary of State John Kerry to broker a cease-fire, said at a press conference with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that the UN position was clear: We condemn strongly the rocket attacks, and these must stop immediately.
Furthermore, he said, we condemn the use of civilian sites, schools, hospitals and other civilian facilities for military purposes.
Ban did not say anything during his brief comments to the press about the status of efforts to forge a cease-fire.
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