Israel's ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor asked on Thursday that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Security Council and international community censure rocket attacks from Gaza.

In a letter he sent to Ban and the Security Council, Prosor wrote that a condemnation would send a forceful and clear message to the terrorists and their patrons and that Israelis deserve to hear such a condemnation.

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Israeli citizens live under threat and danger, he continued, saying that no country in the world would accept constant terror attacks.

According to Prosor, Israel considers Hamas completely responsible for the rocket fire from Gaza. While PA President Mahmoud Abbas is working to obtain Palestinian statehood at the UN, the attacks on Israel prove that it does not have authority over the area and that Hamas is the de facto ruler in Gaza, Prosor explained.


UN cultural agency UNESCO will vote on Monday on a Palestinian request for membership, part of a wider Palestinian campaign for recognition as a state within the wider United Nations system.

UNESCO's executive board decided on Oct. 6 to allow the 193 member countries vote on the application, angering Israel and the United States, the latter of which provides 22 percent of the funding of the UN subsidiary and could cut that lifeline as a result.

A UNESCO spokeswoman said the vote was likely to take place late on Monday morning at UNESCO's Paris headquarters, during an annual gathering that runs from Oct. 25 to Nov. 15.

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