Israel’s UN Envoy to Guterres: Palestinians Need Protection from Hamas, Not Israel

Breitbart | 8/19/2018 | Staff
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TEL AVIV – Israel’s UN envoy Danny Danon slammed the global body’s Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for proposing ways to “protect” Palestinians in Gaza from Israel, saying that the only protection they need is from their terrorist leaders.

In a 14-page report, Guterres suggested, among other things, deploying an armed UN military or police force for the “physical protection” of Palestinians.

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“The only protection the Palestinian people need is from their own leadership,” Danon said in a statement. “The [Palestinian Authority] incites its people to demonize and attack Jews, and Hamas, a terrorist organization, uses the people in Gaza as hostages and endangers the lives of civilians for terror’s sake.”

“Instead of delusional suggestions on how to protect the Palestinian people from Israel, the UN should hold the Palestinian leadership accountable for the harm caused to its own people,” he added.

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Danon also said Guterres’ report “would only bring about continued Palestinian suffering at the hands of their leaders.”

Guterres’ proposal also included deploying so-called human rights monitors and creating a “UN presence on the ground” to assess the situation and report it to the international body. The UN would also funnel more funds to “ensure the well-being of the population” as well as set up unarmed observer missions around flashpoint areas including checkpoints and around Israeli settlements. Those civilian observers would also be instructed to report on protection issues to the UN.

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Guterres also said in the document that the UN’s most recent “measures fall short” of the challenges raised in an anti-Israel General Assembly resolution that was passed in June. The resolution condemned Israel for the deaths in Gaza with no mention of Hamas terror and demanded the UN craft “an international protection mechanism” for the Palestinians.

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