WASHINGTON – Arab ambassadors to the United Nations attempted to pass a declaration calling on Israel to abide by the Security Council's call for an immediate end to all military activities in the Gaza Strip.
The attempt to pass the declaration failed, but the Arab envoys appear determined to convene an emergency meeting of the 15-member body on Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest.
Egyptian Ambassador Majid Abdul Aziz, Libyan Ambassador Giadalla Ettalhi, the Palestinian permanent observer to the UN Riyad Mansour, met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and current president of the Security Council, Croatian Ambassador Neven Jurica, to discuss the situation in the Hamas-controlled territory.
"Israel must be forced to comply with the unanimous call of the Security Council to immediately end the violence and the blockade on Gaza," Mansour told reporters following the meeting.
The meeting took place shortly after Ban condemned Israel's "excessive use of force" in the Strip and said that international powers were not doing enough to force a ceasefire on the two sides.
Meanwhile, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gabriela Shalev was quoted by The Associated Press as saying Monday night that Israel plans to continue operating in Gaza until Hamas' regime there is completely obliterated. Her associates said she was referring to Hamas' infrastructure.