On February 1st, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote a long op-ed piece in the New York Times headlined “Don’t Shoot the Messenger, Israel”.
In it, he was referring specifically to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s criticism of his earlier remarks. He openly criticized Netanyahu for criticizing his comment that “history proves that people will always resist occupation”.
Ban’s comment gives legitimacy to the Palestinian Authority’s incitement to terror and murder of Israelis.
He and the UN reserve its criticism and condemnation mainly for Israel while neglecting to condemn the tragedies committed in Syria and Iraq by ISIS and the violence and terrorism in Yemen and other Arab states.
He justifies his criticism of us by stating that “as oppressed people have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is human nature to react to occupation which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism.”
Our Prime Minister responded that “the Secretary-General’s remarks provide a tailwind for terrorism. There is no justification for terrorism. Those Palestinians who murder do not want to build a state… they want to destroy a state and they say so openly. The UN long ago lost its neutrality and its moral force, and the Secretary-General’s remarks do not improve its standing”.
Ban’s remarks also condemned Israel’s settlement policy and demolition of thousands of Arab homes.
The Secretary-General was offended by Bibi’s criticism and while Ban continues to criticize Israel he says that he is only the messenger. “Don’t Shoot the Messenger, Israel”, he warns us.
Our history with the UN since 1948 has not been a healthy or positive one. It probably will not improve due to the composition of its members.
The solution for us is to continue our policies for the security of our people while ignoring negative comments from foreign sources.
It is time for us to ban Ban.