These are the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:
US false claims against Iran
The UN Security Council met last week to discuss Iran’s nuclear deal. While most Security Council members praised Iran for living up to its commitments agreed in 2015, the US accused the country of what its envoy said was destructive and destabilizing actions. Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, even accused the Council of ignoring what she described as Iran’s repeated violations of the deal. This revealed the deep divisions over Iran between the 5 major powers that see the nuclear agreement with Iran as a major achievement of the administration of former US Barack Obama. Haley’s remarks that were in stark contrast with expressions of praise by others show how the US has become isolated in its efforts to portray a negative image of Iran.
UN speaks out against Israel
On June the 5th 1967, a coalition of 3 Arab countries namely Jordan, Egypt and Syria fought a 6 day war with Israel. At the end of the military confrontation, Israel seized parts of Syria’s Golan Heights as well as more Palestinian territories including the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Marking the 50th anniversary of the 6-Day War, the United Nations has again contented itself with reading out a statement. UN Chief Antonio Guterres has called for an end to Israel’s decades-long occupation of the Palestinian territories, describing it as the sole path to the resolution of the conflict in the region.
“The Israeli occupation has imposed a heavy humanitarian and development burden on the Palestinian people and fueled recurring cycles of violence and retribution. Ending the occupation is the only way to achieve the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.”