Israel-Palestine; two peoples, one land

Gary Neal
The Polis
Published in
5 min readNov 6, 2023

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The role of the United Nations (UN)

A Palestinian and Israeli flag, with illustrations of the denial of violence and the acceptance of peace

The Secretary General of the United Nations expressed his views recently on the Israeli Palestinian conflict. The Israeli ambassador took extreme offence at his comments. Whether the views expressed by Antonio Gutierres were right or wrong, he believed he was right to express them. What do the member states of the United Nations expect from their organization. What is the purpose of the United Nations?

Brief history

The UN was established in 1945 after the Second World War, and its main aims were to promote cooperation among nations and hopefully prevent future wars. It superseded the League of Nations, which was established after the First World War, with similar aims. The basis of the UN’s operation are its charter, which has been signed by all member states. The UN is composed of several bodies

The General Assembly

This is the main policymaking body and has representatives of all member states. Each member has one vote.

The Security Council

This has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. There are 15 members and each member has one vote.

Economic and Social Council

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Gary Neal
The Polis

Retired taxi driver, creative writer, experimental poet, computer enthusiast, web design and learning to program