Environmental conference at UN turns to talk of Israel

By JORDANA HORN
May 12, 2011 17:31




NEW YORK –  Israel’s Minister of Environmental Protection Gilad Erdan spoke at the General Assembly of the United Nations Wednesday for a meeting on sustainable development, but used his time at the podium in part to slam Arab states for using the occasion to hurl invective at Israel.

Erdan responded to speeches attacking Israel, specifically that of the Arab Group, which discussed Israel’s ongoing occupation in the territories and East Jerusalem as preventing Palestinians from development and realizing their rights in terms of transport, chemicals, waste management, mining production and consumption patterns.

Erdan noted at the conclusion of his remarks about the vision of a “green economy” promoting sustainability that, as Israel’s Minister of Environmental Protection, he “came to New York to speak on behalf of my country – a member of this Commission – only on the issues of sustainable development.”

“However, I cannot stay silent as representatives of the Arab Group use this professional forum to launch false accusations against my Country for their own cynical political purposes,” Erdan continued.


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