New York, 27 May 2022 (TDI): The Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, has emphasized tangible and non-tangible ongoing arrangements which can be regularized and expanded immediately with the political will.

He said that Israelis and Palestinians must push beyond the paradigm of managing the conflict and move towards resolving it. Wennesland was addressing the Security Council session on Thursday.

In particular, Wennesland shared his active engagement with regional states, Israeli, Palestinians, and the international community to forge a return to the negotiating path to end the occupation and establish two independent states.

According to the official resources, daily episodes of violence, settlement expansions, evictions, demolitions, and attacks on infrastructure have been recorded during the last few weeks in Palestine. Meanwhile, a deadly terrorist attack on Israel also took place last month.

Financial and Economic state of Palestine

As a result of the ailing financial situation in Palestine, the economic situation in the country is “dangerously converging and intensifying”  due to a lack of reforms and constraints of occupation, said Wennesland.

At the same time, there is also a need to introduce a better coordinated and Strategic approach by the parties and international community to reverse the trends and extend support to the Palestinian people.

Palestinians forced to live in the wrecked city of Bedouin.

Consequently, Wennesland emphasized acquiring more substantial economic relief. Also, he stressed the need for an updated regulatory framework for the Israeli-Palestinian financial relationship to bring economic dividends for the Palestinians by adding a political perspective to economic activities.

In the meantime, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace called for political and security steps to address core conflict drivers, which can lead to the achievement of a negotiated two-state solution.

Brutal Death

Acknowledging the killing of the revered Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh while covering events in the West Bank of Jenin, Wennesland said that her death had bought the world together in grief and anger.

Her death serves as another reminder of the devastating human cost of the conflict. He stressed conducting an independent and transparent investigation of the event and insisted on the accountability of the responsible ones.

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