The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund has said the only solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict is a diplomatic solution.
In a tweet on Monday, UNICEF stated that over 58 children have died over the conflict between the two countries in a period of one week.
The tweet read, “Over the past week, 58 children have been reportedly killed in Gaza. Two children in Israel.
“The only solution is a diplomatic solution – for the sake of all children and their future.”
The Executive Director, UNICEF, Henrietta Fore said, “Violence, killing and hatred must stop. International human rights and humanitarian law must be upheld.”
The decades-long Israel-Palestine crisis resurrected in the past weeks with the deadly escalation of violence across Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, in which at least 40 people have been killed and hundreds injured.
The crisis has demonstrated how the core areas of disagreement between Israelis and Palestinians still run deep.
But added to the violence is also internal political unrest in the two countries which centre on leadership on both sides.
For Israelis, this has manifested itself in four elections in two years that have so far failed to end in the formation of a stable government. The most recent election, held on March 23, is still mired in wrangling between various parties and factions.
Coalition talks were frozen last Monday after violence exploded in Jerusalem and Gaza.
For Palestinians, meanwhile, the ongoing crisis of leadership has been encapsulated in Hamas commandeering the resistance, further sidelining Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party and the Palestinian Authority, of which he is president.
Tensions between Fatah and Hamas have dominated Palestinian politics since 2006, when Hamas was victorious in the Palestinian Authority’s last parliamentary elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council, ending the era of Fatah’s dominance.
After the armed conflict between the two factions and the failure of an attempted unity government, the Palestinian leadership has been divided since 2007, with the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority governing the West Bank, and Hamas governing the Gaza Strip.