Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations has announced that he will recommend not cooperating with the UN “fact finding mission” to the incident in the Gaza town Beit Hanoun two weeks ago where 19 Palestinian civilians were killed by a stray shell.
Ambassador Dan Gillerman has already announced that he will personally advise Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to not cooperate with the decision, because of the way it was reached in the UN in a vote of 156 in favor, seven opposed, and six abstentions.
“The investigation committee is an entity conceived in sin,” Gillerman accused. Gillerman also said that the decision was reached by the home court of the countries who automatically point fingers at Israel. “It’s a thrown game already, so it’s a waste of the committee’s money,” he said.
Gillerman also blasted the UN over the podium and said that the General Assembly was used, abused, and hijacked by evil doers and that the hypocrisy of the organization is to blast Israel. “You are giving terrorism a prize and what is happening here is a circus,” he said in his address.
Despite the blatant anti-Israeli stance the UN has been taken in by accepting this decision, the language used in it is actually a “light” version of the original proposal offered by the Palestinians. The decision calls for Israel to withdraw its forces from Gaza immediately and instead of the Palestinian demand to send forces to protect the Palestinians, the language was changed to “possibly examine” creating such a mechanism under the auspices of the Quartet. The decision also did not condemn Israel, but only “deplored” it.
The decision was also favored heavily by the Europeans who decided to vote in favor and not abstain only after the language was softened and a sentence was added condemning the Kassam attacks against Israel. The decision was opposed by Israel, USA, Australia, Micronesia, Palau, Nauru, and Marshall Islands, and six others abstained: Canada, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, and Tuvalu.
The decision in the UN has also strained relations with France who were instrumental in passing this resolution and making it palatable for other European countries to vote in its favor. As far as it is known, the French were ready to endorse the original Arab proposal which included a severe condemnation of Israel, establishment of an investigation committee, the establishment of a security system for the protection of the Palestinian population, and an internalization of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.