Former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan has weighed in on the escalating violence between Israel and the Palestine Authority in the Gaza Strip area, as he warned nations to avoid taking sides in the raging conflict which has now claimed multiple lives and properties on both sides o the divide.
Jonathan’s warning also comes on the heels of the weekend’s call by the Turkey President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari to solicit support for the Palestinian cause.
In a statement issued via his official Twitter handle (@GEJonathan), the former Nigerian leader also called for a ceasefire by the warring parties in the conflict.
The latest tension was ignited after Israel launched missile attacks on the Gaza Strip controlled by militant Hamas in the Palestinian territory, as it claimed it was in response to constant rocket fired into its communities by the Palestinian group.
“I have been to both Israel and Palestine, and as a result, I have some understanding and appreciation of the human angles on both divides.
“Borders are often human constructs, but the Divine instruction we have is to love our neighbour as ourselves.
“The present conflict in that part of the world can never be resolved by nations and institutions taking sides. It can only be resolved by those living within the borders of Israel and Palestine taking time to understand each other until they come to a place where they can coexist, co-prosper and eventually cooperate.
“For that to happen, what is needed, in the immediate term, is a ceasefire, followed by massive confidence building on both sides.
That is what the international community should aim for. Peace. It is achievable.
“I sue for peace in both Israel and Palestine, and urge that every international support should be towards deescalating the conflict, rather than escalating it,” Jonathan said.