Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor 311.
(photo credit: Shahar Azran)
NEW YORK – “The Palestinians are far from meeting the basic criteria for
statehood, including the test of effective control,” Israeli Ambassador to the
United Nations Ron Prosor told members of the UN Security Council on
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“The President of the Palestinian Authority has zero authority in
the Gaza Strip.
Before flying 9,000 km. to New York to seek UN
membership, President Abbas should have driven 50 km. to Gaza, where he has been
unable to visit since 2007.”
Prosor also referenced Hamas’s role in the
Palestinian Authority as being inherently problematic: “In the same breath that
they claim their state will be “peace-loving,” Palestinian leaders speak of
their unity with Hamas, an internationally recognized terrorist organization.
Hamas and “peace-loving”? There is no greater contradiction in
“At this critical juncture, the Palestinians’ true friends will
encourage them to put aside the false idol of unilateralism and get back to the
hard work of direct negotiations,” Prosor said.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s remarks to the United Nations
General Assembly in September, in which the Palestinian leader did not mention
any Jewish tie to the land of Israel, as being inherently offensive and
Abbas, he added, “denied 4,000 years of Jewish
It was not a small omission. It was not an oversight. The
Palestinian leadership attempts to erase the connection between the Jewish
people and the Land of Israel.
“Prime Minister [Binyamin] Netanyahu stood
in this hall last month and issued a clear call to President Abbas,” Prosor
said. “Let me reiterate that call today to the Palestinians. Sit down with
Israel. Leave your preconditions behind. Start negotiations now.”
called settlements a “pretext” for Palestinians to avoid negotiations with
Israel, and said their bid for UN statehood is far-fetched and a “march of
folly.” Prosor told council members that while Arab countries are more prone to
make excuses than peace, direct negotiations and hard work will be essential to
creating harmony in the Middle East.
“The choice before us is clear – and
it has never been more critical to make the right choice for the future of the
Middle East and all its inhabitants,” Prosor said. “It is time for this Council
to stop ignoring the destructive forces that seek to keep the Middle East in the
past, so that we can seize the promise of a brighter future.”
noted that both Iran and Syria proffer “a future of more extremism, greater
violence and continued hate.
Their vision will not liberate human beings,
it will enslave them. It does not build, it destroys.”
noted that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was but one element of the political
dynamic operating in the Middle East, saying that overall, “for generations, the
Arab world has failed miserably to address the needs of its own
“Young people struggle without access to jobs and education.
Women are denied basic rights. Free expression is repressed. Minorities are
Elections are a sham,” Prosor recounted. “And with their
world in flames, Arab leaders continue to blame Israel and the West for all
their problems. For years, it’s the only explanation that they have been able to
offer to their own people.”
Prosor cited the Arab Spring as an indication
that the Arab people want “real answers” to their problems rather than simple
He also referenced the return of Israeli soldier Gilad
Schalit, and said that even the Arab world noticed the way Israel treated its
citizens in comparison to the way the Arab world treats theirs.
Twitter, one Syrian blogger, Soori Madsoos, wrote ‘Their government is prepared
to pay the ultimate price for one citizen, while our government kills us like we
are animals and our Arab neighbors say that it’s an internal matter.’”
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