As long as Israel is let off the hook, violence will never end in region: Iranian diplomat

A high-ranking Iranian diplomat says the Middle East region will never live to witness an end to the current vicious cycle of violence as long as the Israeli regime is allowed to carry on with its atrocities with impunity.

Esmaeil Baghaei Hamaneh, Iran’s permanent ambassador to the UN office in Geneva, made the remarks on Thursday during a special United Nations Human Rights Council session. The gathering had been formed to address “the grave human rights situation” in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.

The regional turmoil, he said, would bubble up, while the “criminals” keep avoiding accountability because of this impunity and the occupation of Palestine sustains as a result of “compromise or silence,” he said.

Instead, administration of justice and pressing of the regime to answer for its crimes against the Palestinians should turn into the international community’s urgent demand, noted the official.

Israel’s backers should be accountable too

Hamaneh said the regime’s supporters, who try to explain its savagery, under the pretext that it should be able to “defend itself” must also be held to account for their emboldening it and obstructing justice.

He reiterated the Islamic Republic’s assertion that “the only sustainable” way out of this crisis is holding of a referendum among all of Palestine’s residents and those who have been displaced from the land as a result of Tel Aviv’s occupation and aggression. Such vote would enable Palestinians to exercise “their right to self-determination,” he concluded.

The session came after weeks of Israeli escalation against Palestinian worshippers and protesters across the occupied West Bank, including the holy city of al-Quds, that killed scores of Palestinians.