The U.N. Special Coordinator to the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, hinted on Wednesday that Iran has been seeking to destabilize the Gaza border.
Referring to the still-fragile ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, Mladenov said, “There are forces out there that want to disrupt that agreement and push us all into the abyss of a confrontation.” The comment was made in reply to a reporter’s question at The Jerusalem Post annual diplomatic conference.
Mladenov added, “I am hoping that together we can overcome these forces.”
“What I have seen is that no one wants a war in Gaza now. It is going to be damaging for everyone,” he said.
“Egypt holds the key to the political process [to end the violence]. We have been working with the Egyptians for a couple of years. You [Israel] do not have a better partner anywhere in the Arab world than Egypt,” Mladenov said.
“There is a common understanding that going to war in Gaza now is against the interests of Israel, the Gaza people and against the [best] direction for the region,” Mladenov said.