Accusations and Threats Fly: Iran and Israel Clash at UN Security Council Session

Israel and Iran accused each other last night in the Security Council of the UN of being the main threat to peace in the Middle East and called on the SC to impose sanctions, Israel seeks to punish Iran, and Iran seeks to punish Israel.

by Sededin Dedovic
Accusations and Threats Fly: Iran and Israel Clash at UN Security Council Session
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The Israeli-Iranian conflict, which escalated last night in the Security Council of the United Nations (UN), put the world on the brink of another dangerous conflict in the Middle East. Israeli ambassador Gilad Erdan made claims about Iranian aggression and terrorism, while Iranian ambassador Amir Saeid Iravani emphasized the need for self-defense and condemned Israeli activities in Gaza.

"The masks have fallen. Iran, the world's main sponsor of terrorism, has shown its true face as a troublemaker of the region and the world," said Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan at an extraordinary session of the Security Council convened on his initiative after Iran's unprecedented attack on Israel.

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Citing the Iranian attack as a threat to peace, Israel requested the designation of the Revolutionary Guards as a "terrorist organization" and the imposition of sanctions on Iran.

In addition, Erdan emphasized the need to reimpose international sanctions that were part of the 2015 agreement on Iran's nuclear program, emphasizing the Security Council's responsibility to respond to Iranian aggression.

On the other hand, Iravani rejected Israel's accusations, claiming that Iran was forced to defend itself after being the target of an Israeli attack on the Iranian Consulate in Damascus. Iravani stressed that Iran does not want an escalation of the conflict, but that it will respond to any threat or aggression.

He also criticized the Security Council for the lack of action regarding the Iranian consulate. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied that it carried out an attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus that killed seven members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, including two senior commanders.

Iran's ambassador to the UN, Amir Saeid Iravani, said that the Security Council had failed to fulfill its duties regarding the attack on the Iranian Consulate, and added that under those conditions, his country had no choice but to exercise its right to self-defense.

He said that Tehran does not want escalation, but that it will respond to any threat or aggression. "It is time for the Security Council to take up its responsibilities and face the real threat to international peace and security," he said, calling on the Security Council to take "immediate punitive measures" - to force Israel to end its "genocide against the population of Gaza".

Permanent Representative of Iran to the United Nations, Amir Saeid Iravani and Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Repub© David Dee Delgado / Getty Images

Iran's attack on Israel has caused concern around the world, and most members of the Security Council have called for restraint to avoid further escalation.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres expressed deep concern about the situation in the Middle East and appealed to all parties to show maximum restraint in order to avoid a wider conflict. He emphasized that it is the moment to de-escalate and avoid actions that could lead to a larger military confrontation in the region.

"Neither the region nor the world can afford more war. The Middle East is on the brink of a precipice. The population of the region faces real danger from a general devastating conflict. Now is the moment for de-escalation, now is the moment to show maximum restraint," said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

"The most important thing is to avoid any action that could lead to a larger military confrontation on multiple fronts in the Middle East," added the UN Secretary General and condemned both the Iranian attack on Israel and the attack on the Iranian Consulate in Damascus.

The Israeli-Iranian conflict is not only a security issue in the region, but also has global consequences. Constant tension between these two countries can destabilize the entire Middle East and cause serious consequences for international security.

Therefore, it is crucial that the international community, especially the Security Council, take urgent measures to prevent further escalations because there is still time and hope to find a peaceful solution. Israel and Iran have long been rivals in the Middle East, due to ideological, religious and geopolitical differences.

These rivalries have led to a series of incidents and tensions in the region, but the latest conflict between the two countries represents an escalation that requires an urgent international response. Despite international appeals for restraint, the situation on the ground remains tense, both sides have announced that they will respond to any provocation, which does not inspire much optimism.

There is a threat of entering into a vicious circle of violence, and one incident would trigger a response to another, which could lead to an open war, which, considering the military power and influence of these two countries, would be bloody and fierce.