Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor called on the Security Council to separate myth from truth in the discussion on the Middle East, during an address to the council on Monday evening.

Prosor began by refuting the claim that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the central conflict in the Middle East, referring to strife in Syria, Yemen, Egypt, Bahrain and other Middle East countries that have no connection to Israel.

"Obsessing over Israel has not stopped Assad’s tanks from flattening entire communities. On the contrary, it has only distracted attention from his crimes," he said.

The ambassador also tackled the claim that there is a humanitarian crisis in Gaza, saying that "numerous international organizations have said clearly that there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza."

He referred to the 25% growth in Gaza's GDP during the first three quarters of 2011 to back up his argument, adding that exports are expanding and international humanitarian projects are rapidly proceeding.

Prosor discussed the issues of settlements, refugees and the peace process, before concluding: "In the dangerous uncertainty of a turbulent Middle East, the Security Council has never had a greater responsibility to separate myth from truth, and fact from fiction."

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