As Israeli missiles hit Gaza, country’s ambassador accuses UN of being soft on terrorism
Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, accused the organization of “making false immoral comparisons” between the Israeli and Palestinian army “The Terrorists,” after expressing “deep concern” about Israel’s assault on Gaza. While the Israeli offensive has eliminated high-ranking terrorists, Palestinian officials say dozens of civilians have been killed or injured.
The UN envoy to the Middle East, Tor Wennesland, issued a statement Friday saying he was “deeply concerned about the ongoing escalation between Palestinian militants and Israel”, including the “target kill” Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) commander Taysir al-Jabari in an Israeli airstrike earlier in the day.
Wennesland called on both sides “to avoid a new conflict that would have devastating consequences, mainly for civilians”, but Erdan challenged his wording.
“As Palestinian Islamic Jihad launches missiles at Israeli civilians, UN envoy expresses ‘deep concern’ for neutralization of high-ranking terrorist behind imminent attack on Israelis,” wrote the ambassador on Twitter. “Will he also express his deep concern over the neutralization of al-Zawahiri? he asked, referring to the leader of al-Qaeda assassinated by the United States last weekend.
As Palestinian Islamic Jihad launches missiles at Israeli civilians, UN envoy expresses ‘deep concern’ over neutralization of high-ranking terrorist behind imminent attack on Israelis . Will he also express his deep concern over the neutralization of al-Zawahiri? https://t.co/Ozx0LXeil8
— Ambassador Gilad Erdan גלעד ארדן (@giladerdan1) August 5, 2022
“How long will the UN continue to make false and immoral comparisons between a democracy that abides by international law and designated terrorist organizations committing war crimes by deliberately targeting civilians? he continued in a follow-up tweet, concluding that “These comparisons only encourage terrorists to continue their attacks.”
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) hit al-Jabari’s building with a missile on Friday, launching what they called “Operation Breaking Dawn”. Strikes continued throughout the day, with the IDF targeting between 10 and 20 other PIJ members as well as the militant group’s weapons stores, observation posts and firing positions.
Palestinian officials say at least ten civilians were killed in the strikes, including a five-year-old girl. 55 others were injured.
The PIJ responded by firing dozens of rockets into Israeli territory. The IDF claimed that most of the projectiles that crossed the Gaza-Israel border were shot down by the Iron Dome missile defense system, with the rest falling in the open. No Israeli casualties were reported.
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The latest escalation began when Israeli forces arrested PIJ leader in the West Bank, Bassem Saadi, in the city of Jenin on Monday. A Palestinian teenager was killed in the raid on Saadi’s house, sparking an outcry in the Palestinian territories. As the PIJ placed its fighters on high alert, Israeli officials repeatedly warned this week of impending revenge attacks.