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Netanyahu Charges UN with Practicing a Double Standard

October 3, 2014

“These are the things that you shall do:  Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace.”  (Zechariah 8:16)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the United Nations and the White House this week, charging the UN with double vision toward Hamas and Israel.

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) on Sept 30, 2014 to discuss the UN bias against Israel, among other topics.

Benjamin Netanyahu (left), the Prime Minister of Israel, met with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) on Sept 30, 2014 to discuss the serious problem of UN bias against Israel, among other topics.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu met in person with UN chief Ban Ki-moon emphasizing that the UN has a double standard when it comes to Israel.

According to a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office, Netanyahu “declared that there was no justice in the fact that the standard applied to Israel was different than that applied to other countries.”

Repeating a theme that he emphasized on Monday at the General Assembly, he told Moon that Hamas, by using its civilians as human shields while simultaneously targeting Israeli civilians with missiles, is guilty of a double war crime.

He told the secretary-general that the UN body turns a blind eye to Hamas’ war crimes in Gaza, as well as the Syrian slaughter of 200,000 innocent civilians, while slamming Israel with undue condemnation for defending itself against Hamas aggression.  (BIN)

The UN is currently preparing a probe into the Israel-Gaza war, to be manned by William Schabas, who in the past has repeatedly shown himself to be anti-Israel.  Even Schabas’ own co-lecturer and the founder of Human Rights Watch, Aryeh Neier, accused Schabas of anti-Israel bias, saying he should step down from the role for expressing anti-Israel judgments prior to the probe’s creation.  (UN Watch)

Netanyahu-Obama Oct 1, 2014

During their visit together on Wednesday, President Obama acknowledged that Israel is in a very turbulent neighborhood and assured Netanyahu that Israel and the US had an unbreakable bond.

Netanyahu concluded his mission to the US in a White House meeting on Wednesday with US President Barack Obama.

Netanyahu continued to show a new way forward in the peace process, telling Obama that it would be helpful to involve the Arab states in the Israel-Palestinian Authority peace process.

He said that Israel shares a number of common interests with several leading Arab nations, and that “we need to seize upon those common interests to advance security and peace in the Middle East.”

“I remain committed to the vision of peace for two states for two peoples based on mutual recognition and rock solid security arrangements,” Netanyahu told the US president.  “We should make use of the new opportunities, think outside of the box and see how we can include the Arab countries to advance this very hopeful agenda.”  (Haaretz)

Ending his speech to the UNGA, Netanyahu relayed similar optimism for shared prosperity with Israel’s neighbors while also affirming his duty to protect its people by engaging in strength through truth, saying,

“Isaiah, our great prophet of peace, taught us nearly 3,000 years ago in Jerusalem to speak truth to power:

“For the sake of Zion, I will not be silent.  For the sake of Jerusalem, I will not be still.  Until her justice shines bright, And her salvation glows like a flaming torch.”   (Isaiah 62:1)

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