UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Nickolay Mladenov, on Tuesday called on UNSC to give Israelis and Palestinians hope for a peaceful future.
"For too long, the Israeli and Palestinian populations have lived their lives vacillating between hope and fear — with fear frequently triumphing. The time has now come to right that balance and restore the hope for a peaceful future for both Palestinians and Israelis," Mladenov said at the briefing to the UN Security Council on the situation in the Middle East.
Mladenov reminded of the three days of clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian youth in the Temple Mount, revered by both Muslims and Jews sanctuary in the heart of Jerusalem, which started on September 13.
"As the Middle East faces a vicious tide of terror and extremism, such serious provocations have the potential to ignite violence well beyond the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem," he said.
On Tuesday, Palestinian youths again barricaded themselves inside the al-Aqsa mosque and threw stones at Israeli security forces. Clashes flared early Sunday after Israeli police launched a late-night search operation for hidden explosives in contested East Jerusalem. Officers ended up pursuing masked Arab teens who holed up at the shrine.