No more risks for peace unless Israel can defend itself

Thursday, October 15, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gabriela Shalev on Wednesday told the Security Council that Israel will be taking no more risks with its security in the name of peace unless the international community make a real commitment to Israel's right to defend itself when things to horribly wrong.

Shalev was speaking at an "emergency" session to discuss the allegations of Israeli war crimes in the Goldstone Report, which investigated Israel's military incursion into Gaza last December and January.

Shalev noted that when Israel fully surrendered the Gaza Strip to the Palestinians and uprooted every Jew living there, the UN cheered and promised that the move had bought Israel legitimacy for future acts of necessary self-defense.

But when Hamas took over Gaza and started turning into a terrorist haven, and then started pelting southern Israel with thousand of rockets, the UN did nothing. The UN only sprung to action, lamented Shalev, when Israel dared to defend itself against those attacks.

Unfortunately, the UN's response was to "permit terrorists to victimize civilians, target the innocent, and use as human shields those it claims to defend," while leveling unsubstantiated accusations of heinous war crimes against the true victims.

This course of action only serves to divert attention from real issues, and ultimately harms the peace process by denying Israel the security it needs, warned Shalev. "If Israel is asked to take further risks for peace, the international community must recognize our right to self-defense."

Meanwhile, Muslim states submitted a new anti-Israel resolution to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday. The resolution calls for the official adoption of the Goldstone Report and also criticizes what it calls Israeli violation of human rights in eastern Jerusalem and the Palestinian-controlled territories.

The resolution makes no mention whatsoever of Palestinian violence against Israelis, including the eight years of rocket attacks that preceded the Gaza war.

Palestinian envoy to the Human Rights Council, Ibrahim Khraishi, told The Jerusalem Post that the resolution is expected to pass and then move to the General Assembly in New York.

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