UN Secretary-General António Guterres got into trouble on Tuesday after appearing to express sympathy for Hamas terrorists and their attack on Israel.
During a speech to the UN Security Council, Guterres wholeheartedly called for a ceasefire in Gaza. Just before declaring that “the grievances of the Palestinian people cannot justify Hamas’ horrific attacks,” Guterres appeared to do just that.
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“It is important to recognize that Hamas’ attacks did not occur in a vacuum,” Guterres said.
“The Palestinian people have been subjected to oppressive occupation for 56 years,” he added. “They have seen their land continually consumed by settlements and wracked by violence; their economy was stifled; their population was displaced and their houses were demolished. Their hopes for a political solution to their plight have faded.”
The favorable comments were met with a strong response from Gilad Erdan, Israel’s permanent representative to the United Nations
In a statement, Erdan directly accused Guterres of expressing “understanding of terrorism and murder.”
“The shocking speech by [Guterres] At the Security Council meeting, while rockets are being fired across Israel, it has been proven clearly and beyond doubt that the Secretary General is completely disconnected from the reality in our region and that he sees the massacre carried out by the Nazi-Hamas terrorists as a threat distorted and immoral manner,” Erdan said.
Gilad Erdan (David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)
In a follow-up statement, Erdan said Guterres’ speech showed “understanding of the campaign of mass murder of children, women and the elderly” and therefore concluded that he was “not fit to lead the UN.”
“I call on him to resign immediately,” Erdan said. “There is no justification or point in speaking to those who show compassion for the most terrible atrocities committed against the citizens of Israel and the Jewish people. There are simply no words.”
Equally problematic is that Guterres’ call for a ceasefire does not take into account the reality of Israel’s situation: as long as Hamas is not defeated, the terrorist organization will continue to attack Israel.
The ceasefire will then effectively only apply to Israel.
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