Israel's Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
(photo credit: SHAHAR AZRAN)
Israel's ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon called on UN secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to root out hypocrisy from within the UN bodies during their first official meeting at UN headquarters in New York on Monday.
"We demand that hypocrisy and hostility towards Israel be rooted out from the UN organizations," said Danon. "The Israeli public sees the United Nations as a non-objective organization with a bias against Israel."
"We must build bridges between Israel and the UN and show Israel's true face to the world as a whole," Danon added. Ban visited Israel
in late October to discuss the recent wave of terror that had swept over the region.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN Secretary General in their meeting last month that if the international community truly wants to help end the current bloodshed, it should affirm Israel’s proven commitment to the status quo on the Temple Mount, support Israel’s right of self-defense, and hold PA President Mahmoud Abbas accountable for his dangerous incitement.
Ban urged the government to do its utmost to calm down the situation, and said he welcomed statements by Netanyahu, other ministers and prominent rabbis about maintaining the status quo on the Temple Mount.
“We must create the conditions for meaningful negotiations that will end the occupation and realize the aspirations of both peoples. The only way to end this conflict is through negotiations that produce visible, meaningful results. Unilateral actions from either side will only perpetuate a downward spiral,” said Ban at the time.
Danielle Ziri, Herb Keinon, and Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this report.