By Mick Krever, CNN
The United Nations is doing its best to try to achieve a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, Jeffrey Feltman, the top U.N. political official, told CNN’s Hala Gorani, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Monday.
“The U.N. is playing a role. I wish, like all of us, that the impact were on the fighting were clear now. But it's the responsibility of the leaders as much as nobody else.”
Feltman’s boss, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Monday put blame for the failure to reach a cease-fire squarely on the shoulders of Israeli and Palestinian political leadership, saying that they must “show their humanity.”
“There are a hundred-and-seventy-three-thousand-plus Palestinians, ten percent of the Gaza Strip population, that are now being sheltered in U.N. facilities,” Feltman said.
“The U.N. is still working to – talking with all parties – to try to get to that immediate unconditional cease-fire that the Secretary-General has demanded.”
Indeed, he said, the United Nations in uniquely placed to try to broker a solution. Israel and the United States do not officially speak with Hamas, which they consider a terrorist organization. The U.N. does not officially acknowledge speaking with Hamas, but it tacitly implies it does.
“We couldn't do our job if we didn't have channels to get messages – talk to, hear from – all parties.”
“We are able to reach all parties in this conflict, which I think puts us in a … unique role.”