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UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman reported that intensive search operations in the West Bank for the three Israeli students abducted nearHebronon 12 June are ongoing with a corresponding increase in violence in theWest Bank.  Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour said that under international lawIsraelcannot “collectively punish the entire nation ofPalestine.” UNIFEED - UNTV
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STORY: UN / ISRAEL-PALESTINE
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SOURCE: UNTV
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 23 JUNE 2014, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations headquarters

23 JUNE 2014, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeffrey D. Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs:
“We are facing a moment of real crisis that is testing the region in new ways. Negative forces on multiple fronts in the Middle East continue to draw strength by sowing strife and frustrating viable options for a political solution. We should take this as a wake-up call that we are all challenged to work together to restore prospects for a durable regional peace.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeffrey D. Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs:
“With peace negotiations suspended since the end of April and despite restraint initially displayed by both sides, the situation on the ground has turned highly volatile with several disturbing developments.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeffrey D. Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs:
“Israel blamed the abduction on Hamas, an allegation Hamas has reportedly since denied. We nevertheless find Hamas statements glorifying the perpetrators of this act to be outrageous. If Hamas involvement is corroborated this would indeed constitute a grave development.”
9. Zoom out, Security Council

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10. Close up, reporter’s notepad

23 JUNE 2014, NEW YORK CITY

11. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations:
“The fact that the Israeli authorities are engaged in search operations for individuals that were in Area C does not allow them under international law to collectively punish the entire nation of Palestine, including the attacks on the Gaza Strip.”

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12. Close up, reporter’s notepad

23 JUNE 2014, NEW YORK CITY

13. Wide shot, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin walks up to the stakeout microphone

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14. Close up, reporter’s notepad

23 JUNE 2014, NEW YORK CITY

15. SOUNDBITE (English) Vitaly Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“There was another effort as far as we were concern to produce a press statement or maybe some elements for the press which I could read to you as President of the Security Council on the situation of violence which arose after the abduction of the three Israeli youths, but unfortunately the members of the Security Council were not able to find common ground on the very simple three paragraphs which we prepared as the Presidency of the Security Council on this subject.”

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16. Close up, reporter’s mobile device

23 JUNE 2014, NEW YORK CITY

17. SOUNDBITE (English) Vitaly Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“Most of the members were not commenting on this. One member wanted to make it stronger and one member wanted to make it weaker and that was a gap which we were not able to bridge. Thank you very much.”

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Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey D. Feltman told the Security Council today (23 June) that “we are facing a moment of real crisis” in the Middle East region, with “negative forces” that “continue to draw strength by sowing strife and frustrating viable options for a political solution.”

Feltman said that with peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians suspended since the end of April, “the situation on the ground has turned highly volatile with several disturbing developments.”

He reported that intensive search operations in the West Bank for the three Israeli students abducted near Hebron on 12 June are ongoing with a corresponding increase in violence in the West Bank.

The political affairs chief said Israel had blamed the abduction on Hamas, “an allegation Hamas has reportedly since denied.”

Nevertheless, he said Hamas statements glorifying the perpetrators were “outrageous” and stressed that “if Hamas involvement is corroborated this would indeed constitute a grave development.”

Outside the Council, Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour told reporters that he had asked the Council to take action regarding Israel’s reaction to the abductions.

He said “the fact that the Israeli authorities are engaged in search operations for individuals that were in Area C does not allow them under international law to collectively punish the entire nation of Palestine, including the attacks on the Gaza Strip.”

After Security Council consultations, Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said that efforts had failed to produce a press statement on the issue, as “one member wanted to make it stronger and one member wanted to make it weaker and that was a gap which we were not able to bridge.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke on the telephone on Sunday. The Secretary-General conveyed to the Prime Minister his sympathy for the abducted Israeli teenagers and deep solidarity with their families.

The Secretary-General also expressed support for UN Special Envoy Robert Serry, who according to press reports, could be declared persona non grata by the Israeli Government after comments he made regarding Qatari assistance funds for the Gaza Strip.

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