Israel’s outgoing envoy slams UN over failure to condemn attacks

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — Israel’s outgoing U.N. ambassador, Ron Prosor, called on the body to condemn the recent attacks against Israeli citizens.

“In 72 hours alone, 11 terror attacks have taken place in cities across Israel, and the Security Council stands by in silence,” Prosor said Friday on the last day of his four-year tenure as envoy to the United Nations. “Israelis are being attacked and murdered in the streets, in their vehicles, and even in their homes, and the U.N. stands by in silence.

“Palestinian officials continue to use inflammatory rhetoric and dangerous incitement, intensifying this wave of terror against Israeli citizens, and it must stop.”

Prosor called on the Security Council as well as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to “denounce these attacks in a clear and unequivocal manner.”

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Prosor’s successor, Danny Danon, a former Israeli government minister, will take over on Monday.

Meanwhile, Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the U.N., told The Associated Press that he has asked the Security Council to hold an emergency meeting on the actions by Israeli forces against Palestinian demonstrators. He told the AP that the Palestinians want the council to draft a resolution that would condemn “Israeli aggression” and provide “protection” for Palestinians.

Over the weekend, at least seven Palestinians were killed trying to infiltrate at the security fence between Gaza and Israel; a 13-year-old Palestinian boy was shot during clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank; some 50 Palestinians were shot during clashes at a West Bank checkpoint; and a pregnant Palestinian woman and her 2-year-old daughter were killed in retaliatory strikes by Israel against Hamas. The reports were from the Palestinian news agency Maan.

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