Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan spoke today at a special Security Council meeting on the Middle East and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. In his speech, Ambassador Erdan criticized the members of the Council for calling the meeting to condemn Israel for its work to protect its citizens from Palestinian terror but not condemning or taking action against the murderous incitement by the Palestinian Authority (PA) against Israel and the PA’s support and funding of terror.
Ambassador Erdan said, “Over the past weeks, the State of Israel has been mourning the deaths of eleven recent victims of terror and dozens injured. Civilians. Yet shockingly, we are not here today to condemn the Palestinian acts of terror that led to this loss of life.”
“This meeting was once again initiated to condemn Israel. This time, for issuing building permits in already-existing communities. Building permits in our homeland spark international uproar, while dead Jewish children illicit nothing. This is an utter disgrace.”
Ambassador Erdan emphasized that the one who fundamentally violates all the agreements is the PA, which pledged to fight terror and does the opposite and also unilaterally joined the UN as an Observer Member, without any negotiations and in complete contradiction to its commitment. He added, “You are all aware of the huge, huge extent of illegal Palestinian construction throughout Area C, in Judea and Samaria in flagrant violation of international agreements – you can see it on the ground. Why is this never discussed by the Council?”
The Ambassador noted to the Council that PA President Mahmoud Abbas did not even condemn the acts of murder and terror and while the Palestinians were handing out candies to crowds celebrating the murder of innocent civilians, Fatah officials treated the attack on the synagogue in Jerusalem as an act of heroism. Ambassador Erdan said that the fact that the Security Council does not find it appropriate to address and condemn these actions is a disgrace.
The Ambassador said, “You know, it is not by chance that Haj Amin al Husseini and the Palestinian leadership at the time, were close allies of Hitler and later led the rejection of the UN Partition Plan in 1947.
Nothing has changed since then. The Palestinians’ main goal has remained the same – to prevent the existence of a Jewish State.”
In his speech, Ambassador Erdan told the stories of the 11 murdered in the recent terror attacks, among them brothers Yaakov and Asher Paley, aged six and eight, who were murdered in a car-ramming attack in Jerusalem. The Ambassador presented their picture and dedicated a moment of silence to their memory and the memory of the nine other victims of terror.
“These two beautiful children were murdered just for being Jews. Today’s meeting should have been convened to condemn the price paid by innocent Israelis for the Palestinian Authority’s incitement and hate. I will not let the victims be forgotten. I will now rise for a minute of silence in their memory and the memory of all the other victims of Palestinian terror. I pray for their memory and I pray that you think of them in the future when discussing the true obstacles to peace in our region.”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)