UNITED NATIONS - Pakistan has voiced its solidarity with the people of Palestine, while calling on both sides involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to cease acts of violence, overcome their differences and resume peace talks with a clear framework towards resolving the decades-long dispute.

"Both sides and the international community have to realise that it is now or never," Pakistani Ambassador Masood Khan told the UN General Assembly on Monday.

"Violence will offer no solution; the parties should step back to reflect, make hard choices, and give peace a chance," he said while speaking at a debate on the question of Palestine and the situation in the Middle East.

"The only path to viable and sustainable peace is the establishment of the State of Palestine based on pre-1967 borders with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital," the Pakistani envoy said, adding, "Until this realisation sinks in, peace would remain elusive."

Vacation of all Arab lands by Israel, including the Syrian Golan, he said, was imperative for peace.  

He said that the Palestinians continued to pass through a dark chapter in their history, but should not lose hope.  

While condemning the recent acts of desecration of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, attacks against worshippers and the use of weapons and bombs inside the mosque by the Israeli Army, he said restrictions on worship that continue must end.

Steps to erase Palestinian, Muslim and Christian heritage must be halted, he said.

"The massive settlements that increased by 150 per cent during the last year and culminated in the largest land grab in three decades - doomed the faint hope for peace right from the beginning," he said.

The 50-day spate of Israeli attacks against Gaza over the summer, which left more than 2,100 Palestinians dead, exacerbated the humanitarian plight of Gazans  who were already food insecure and dependent on aid, the Pakistani envoy said.

He welcomed the establishment of a Board of Inquiry by the Secretary General and a Commission of Inquiry by the Human Rights Council to look into the events of Gaza.

Forced displacements on the West Bank had increased by 24 per cent, he said.  

Efforts to revive the peace process had failed. The viability of the two-State solution was being questioned, he stated.

Among steps needed to be taken, he said that the blockade of Gaza needed be lifted, the demolition of Palestinian homes must stop, and Palestinian prisoners must be released, the Pakistani envoy added.

Concluding, Masood Khan said that the Pakistan Government had contributed $1 million to UNRWA, the United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees, with hopes that it would alleviate suffering in the region.