The president of the UN Security Council for the month of June and Estonia Permanent Representative to the United Nations Sven Jurgenson on Tuesday called for an urgent reconvening of the Quartet on the Middle East peaceful settlement following the recent flare-up between Israel and Gaza.
“With every wave of violence, the possibility for a two-state solution diminishes, with every new settlement, it diminishes, and there are no winners in the situation where we are right now,” Jurgenson said during a press briefing. “So, there has to be a reconvening of the Quartet as soon as possible on a high level.”
Israel and Palestine’s Gaza Strip were locked in a bitter conflict for 11 days that ended with an Egypt-brokered ceasefire on May 20. The hostilities came after days of clashes between the Arab population and the Israeli police in East Jerusalem over an Israeli court’s decision to evict several Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem.
In the recent clashes, 12 people were killed and more than 50 were seriously wounded in Israel while the death toll among Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Jerusalem and the West Bank topped 270.