Outgoing secretary general says UN is obsessed with Israel

by WorldTribune Staff, December 20, 2016

The large volume of anti-Israel resolutions passed in recent years has rendered the United Nations unable to “fulfill its role effectively,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

Addressing the UN Security Council on Dec. 16, Ban said: “Over the last decade I have argued that we cannot have a bias against Israel at the UN. Decades of political maneuvering have created a disproportionate number of resolutions, reports and committees against Israel.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives for his final press conference at U.N. headquarters, Dec. 16. /AP
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at UN headquarters on Dec. 16 during his final press conference as UN chief. /AP

“In many cases, instead of helping the Palestinian issue, this reality has foiled the ability of the UN to fulfill its role effectively.”

Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, said that in the past decade “the UN passed 223 resolutions condemning Israel, while only eight resolutions condemning the Syrian regime as it has massacred its citizens over the past six years. This is absurd.”

“With a new Secretary General set to take office next month, we look forward to the possibility of a new era of fairness at the UN,” Danon added.

Ban’s tenure as UN chief ends on Jan. 1. His successor is Antonio Guterres, the former prime minister of Portugal.

In his Dec. 16 address, Ban went on to add that “Israel needs to understand the reality that a democratic state which is run by the rule of the law, which continues to militarily occupy the Palestinian people, will still generate criticism and calls to hold her accountable.”

The UN recently passed a series of anti-Israel resolutions during its annual “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People”.

Those resolutions came amid a period of increased violence by Palestinians against Israelis.

At least 33 Israelis and two foreign visitors have been killed in Palestinian stabbings, shootings and car rammings since October last year.