UN ‘incentivizes terrorists’ – Israeli ambassador — Analysis
With Israel’s missiles hammering Gaza, the country’s ambassador has accused the UN of being soft on terror
Gilad Erdan (Israeli ambassador to UN) accused the organisation of “making false immoral comparisons” between Israel’s military and Palestinian “terrorists,”It was then expressed “deep concern” over Israel’s assault on Gaza. Although senior terrorists were eliminated in Israel’s offensive, Palestinian officials claim that many civilians were wounded or killed.
Tor Wennesland, UN Middle East Envoy, issued this statement statementOn Friday, he said that he was “deeply concerned about the ongoing escalation between Palestinian militants and Israel,”Included the “targeted killing”Taysir Al-Jabari, commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), was killed in an Israeli airstrike that took place earlier in day.
Both sides called upon Wennesland “to avoid a further conflict which would have devastating consequences, mainly for civilians,”Erdan however disagreed with Erdan’s use of the phrase.
“While the Palestinian Islamic Jihad is launching missiles at Israeli civilians, the UN envoy expresses ‘deep concern’ for the neutralization of a senior terrorist behind an imminent attack on Israelis,”The ambassador posted the following tweet. “Will he also express deep concern over the neutralization of al-Zawahiri?”He was referring to al-Qaeda’s leader who was assassinated last weekend by the US.
While the Palestinian Islamic Jihad is launching missiles at Israeli civilians, the UN envoy expresses “deep concern” for the neutralization of a senior terrorist behind an imminent attack on Israelis. He will he express concern about al-Zawahiri being neutralized? https://t.co/Ozx0LXeil8
— Ambassador Gilad Erdan גלעד ארדן (@giladerdan1) August 5, 2022
“For how long will the UN continue making false immoral comparisons between a democracy that abides by international law, and designated terror orgs committing war crimes by deliberately targeting civilians?”In a second tweet, he concluded that “these comparisons only incentivize terrorists to continue their attacks.”
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) struck al-Jabari’s apartment block with a missile on Friday, kicking off what it called ‘Operation Breaking Dawn’. Strikes continued throughout the day, with the IDF targeting between 10 and 20 other PIJ operatives as well as the militant group’s weapons stores, observation posts and firing positions.
Officials from Palestine claim that the strikes resulted in at least 10 civilian deaths, including a 5-year-old girl. Other 55 people were also reported to have been injured.
The PIJ then responded with dozens of rockets on Israeli soil. According to the IDF, most projectiles which made it beyond the Gaza-Israel border were destroyed by the Iron Dome missile defence system. The rest fell on open ground. There have not been any Israeli casualties.
Palestinian militants claim 100 rockets were launched at Israel by Palestinian terrorists (VIDEOS).
The latest escalation began when Israeli forces arrested PIJ’s West Bank leader, Bassem Saadi, in the city of Jenin on Monday. A Palestinian teenager was killed in the raid on Saadi’s home, triggering an outcry across the Palestinian territories. Israeli officials warned the PIJ of imminent revenge attacks this week, repeatedly putting its fighters on alert.