Olmert condemns the condemners

Monday, November 20, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Responding to a resolution passed by the United Nations General Assembly condemning Israel’s bombing of Beit Hanoun, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that Israel is not the only government that should be called to task for harming civilians, especially since Israel has expressed deep regret for its actions.

“Those who fire with the aim of harming civilians for a long period of time need to be condemned,” he said, accusing the UN of condemning Israel, but turning a blind eye to Palestinian offensives.

Olmert added that his entire government stands behind the security forces, the Israeli army and the chief of staff.

“When we make a mistake, we define it as a failure and we apologize. For them, it is a policy to kill civilians. We give full backing for the army. They are an example of excellence. They are a moral army and we reject any body which accuses the army of such wrongdoing,” Olmert said.

Only six nations voted in Israel’s favor: The United States, Australia, Micronesia, Palau, Nauru and the Marshal Islands. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said that the UN decision to condemn Israel is hurtful and wrong.

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said the vote at the General Assembly would railroad a resolution Israel presented in the Security Council, where the US has veto power

“A week ago we prevented a resolution that they wanted to pass at the Security Council. It was clear that the price would be to release a column of smoke at the UN Assembly. It is obviously not nice and unfair,” she said.

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