Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, is positioning himself to be a serious contender to Benjamin Netanyahu in the next elections. What he wrote on his Facebook page yesterday, therefore, are things to be reckoned with. Since his response is so eloquent, it is worth leaving it as is.
“UNRWA Spokesperson Chris Gunness harshly criticized our decision to demolish the homes of two terrorists who last December stabbed two Israelis to death at the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem. I have one question for Mr. Gunness: What’s it got to do with you? Actually I have another one: Who asked you?
UNRWA is the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees. Its role is clear. It is meant to help Palestinians find work and if they can’t find work then to assist them with food and medication.
That’s it. It doesn’t have another role. There is nothing in UNRWA’s mandate which justifies intervention in security matters. There is nothing in Chris Gunness’ past which qualifies him to give us advice on how to protect ourselves.
And if we’re already speaking Chris, here are another few questions: Why doesn’t the State of Israel appear on maps in UNRWA schools?
If you condemn violence, why were you silent when it became clear that an UNRWA building was used as a hiding place for a terror tunnel used to kill three Israeli soldiers?
Why are the Palestinians the only ones in the world allowed to pass down the status of refugee from one generation to the next? Why can someone be born in Qatar, live in a villa in Paris, hold a Spanish passport and still be considered a Palestinian refugee?
Why is it that among the 23,000 UNRWA employees are there so many Hamas people (I didn’t say that Chris – as you know the Secretary General of your organization said so himself)?
In actual fact, why is it that only the Palestinians have a refugee agency of their own? What do they deserve that the 21.5 million refugees from Tibet, Darfur, Syria, Iraq and elsewhere don’t?
How is it that since UNRWA was founded, in 1950, the number of refugees has increased from 750,000 to over 5 million (!) without a single Palestinian being expelled? Is UNRWA creating refugees?
And a question to the citizens of the United States: ‘Do you know that your taxpayer dollars fund over a hundred million dollars a year of this insanity?'”