UN chief tours Israel's border with Gaza, speaks with locals

During a meeting with Kibbutz Nahal Oz residents, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that when the Palestinians unite, there will be peace with Israel. Guterres also toured a Hamas terror tunnel Wednesday during his visit along the Israeli-Gazan border.

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres, accompanied by Deputy IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi and Israel's Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, visited the Israel-Gaza border Wednesday morning. During his visit to the region, Guterres toured a Hamas terror tunnel and met with residents of Kibbutz Nahal Oz in a bomb shelter under the community's dining hall.

The kibbutz residents talked with Guterres about the explosive situation in Gaza and asked him to help maintain the current state along the border. The residents also spoke about the need to advance a diplomatic process that would bring stability to the region. Guterres was greeted by fifth and sixth grade students, who asked him to help advance the peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinians.   

Guterres in the terror tunnel Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit/Channel 2 News

"I was very glad to listen to you, your vision that it is necessary to improve the living conditions also in Gaza," he told the residents of the kibbutz. "At the same time, I believe it would be very important to unite Gaza and the West Bank." Guterres explained that he believes that the unification of the Palestinians will lead to peace with Israel.

Guterres in southern Israel, today Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit/Channel 2 News

Two days ago, Guterres was interviewed by Channel 2 News' Arad Nir. During the interview, the UN chief said that the Jewish people have no special connection to Jerusalem. He stated that he believes that Jerusalem is equally holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims. "For me, they are all equal," he added.

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