PM: In light of the UN Gaza report

Co-written with Tamara Upfal.

“In light of the [UN Gaza] report, we will consider whether or not to stay in the Human Rights Council,” Netanyahu said. That’s right, enough is enough. But where are our allies? 

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The UN’s Gaza Report highlights the importance of a pro-Israel president in order to maintain a strong Israel. While it is saddening to see such a biased report which demonizes Israeli soldiers and civilians as well as holding double standards for Israel for merely defending itself in the face of terrorism – Israel should not be made to face the consequences alone.

The statistics and facts reported are misleading and sometimes completely false. The report attempts to paint the picture that Hamas and the IDF are two organizations on equal footing, when in fact Hamas has used the Gaza strip as a launching pad for indiscriminate missile launches since shortly after the Israeli evacuation of the area in 2005.

Israel does have some solid friends. As Presidential candidate Marco Rubio said in a press release, ““Last summer’s conflict happened because Hamas, once again, resumed its efforts to kill and terrorize innocent Israeli civilians, while using the Palestinian people as human shields. Israel, like the U.S., goes to great lengths to avoid civilian casualties, and its record is and the precautions it takes are exceptional. This report is unfair, biased, one sided, and intended only to prevent Israel from defending itself in the future.”

Israel can and should expect such friends will speak up against UN efforts like this to delegitimize Israel, to ensure that no U.S. funding goes to support UN agencies, such as the UN Human Rights Council, unless they cease their anti-Israel agenda.

We await those actions. And while we do, others literally get away with murder, ignored by the international community in the name of Israel-bashing. Shameful, really, when lives are at stake.

The United Nations has accused Israel of more human rights violations than any other nation in the world, and as someone who has spent extended periods of time in Israel, it is a vibrant, democratic nation which prides itself on equal rights for all citizens and a high standard of living. Just think- tomorrow if the IDF stopped fighting and defending its land, Israel and its Jewish population would be annihilated. But if tomorrow Hamas and other terrorist groups in the West Bank stopped shooting missiles and threatening Israel, Israelis and Palestinians would live in peace.

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Instead of objectively assessing war crimes in a fair and just manner, criticism of Israel from the UN has become biased and questionable, to say the least. When a global organization continuously unfairly treats a country in a certain way, bias is the only explanation. The UN immediately fails by even daring to compare the IDF to a terrorist organization, and then carries this failure further by holding the IDF to preposterously harsh double standards with regards to every other country that has ever waged a war. The UN’s delegitimization of Israel’s right to defend itself can only explained by prejudice to a group of people, or in this case, anti-semitism.

During a time in which the majority of the world’s powerful countries are not standing by Israel, it is imperative to have an American president who will stand and support a strong Israel; not only because of the promise the United States has made for Israel’s right to exist but to ensure that it will be treated as a democratic nation.

Other candidates have shown their overwhelming support for Israel. Carly Fiorina announced her first call as president would be to the Prime Minister of Israel and Jeb Bush has said that he plans to rebuild vital friendships “(which) starts by standing with the democratic, and brave state of Israel.” We expect no less from any candidate, liberal or conservative, democrat or republican.

The Gaza report has proven that we can no longer trust the UN to make just rulings with regards to Israel. This international body has abdicated its leadership role by continually showing itself to be a body eager to demonize the nation state of the Jewish people, at the expense of real international influence.

Israel will fend for itself, but meanwhile, we expect our friends to speak up. Those who support Israel will be supported by their electorate as well.

About the Author
Ruth Lieberman is an Israeli-based political consultant and licensed tour guide, combining her love of Israel with political acumen to better Israel's standing both at home and in the eyes of the world. She has consulted for political leaders in Jerusalem and in Washington, from work on election campaigns to public advocacy and events. Her tours in Israel connect Biblical history to modern realities, to highlight Israel's achievements and promote its policies.
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