Netanyahu to Ban: U.N. conduct to Israel is ‘disproportionate’

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that the international community applies a double standard to Israel.

Netanyahu and Ban met Tuesday afternoon at the U.N. offices in New York.

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Netanyahu “declared that there was no justice in the fact that the standard applied to Israel was different than that applied to other countries,” pointing out that 200,000 civilians have been slaughtered in Syria during its more than three-year-long civil war, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.

Netanyahu called the United Nation’s conduct toward Israel “disproportionate” and said that Israel did not direct its attacks during the recent conflict in Gaza toward civilians. “We regret any harm done to innocent civilians,” Netanyahu said.

The Prime Minister told Ban, according to his office, that Hamas had perpetrated a double war crime by using the residents of Gaza as human shields and deliberately firing at the residents of Israel.

He added that he “does not intend to apologize for the fact that Israel has Iron Dome to protect its citizens.”

Netanyahu also said that the conflict with the Palestinians was not about the settlements but about the Jewish state’s right to exist, and there has been no change in his stance on a demilitarized Palestinian state that would recognize Israel as a Jewish state, and on security arrangements that would allow Israel to defend itself against any threat.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman attended the meeting with Netanyahu.