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Israel's UN envoy demands UNSC censure of Gaza fire

Ron Prosor sends UN chief, Security Council letter protesting their disregard of Hamas rocket fire on Israel's south

Yitzhak Benhorin
Published: 10.12.12, 01:56 / Israel News

WASHINGTON – Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the president of the Security Council Thursday, over their failure to condemn Gaza's rocket fire on Israel.


Prosor pointed out that while the UN was quick to condemn similar fire by Syria, it was left oblivious to the rocket salvo that hit Israel over the weekend.


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"Over the past three days, terrorists fired 37 more rockets into Israeli communities. The Hamas campaign of terror continues to strike our homes, schools, and hospitals.


"While the people of Southern Israel remain semi-permanent residents of bomb shelters, the permanent and semi-permanent members of the Security Council remain unable to speak with one voice against these attacks," Prosor wrote.


The Security Council (Photo: AP)


"Last week, the Security Council showcased unprecedented efficiency when rockets were fired in the direction of another Middle East country – and rightly so. This is the Security Council’s responsibility."


Meanwhile, he continued, "The Council has slept through more than 12,000 rocket attacks against Israelis over the past decade. We applaud the Security Council’s condemnation last week – and expect the Council to act with the same speed and conviction to condemn the rocket fire targeting one million Israeli civilians.


"I ask you – as the President of the Security Council – to condemn these rocket attacks in the same manner as last week’s statement, without another day of delay," Prosor wrote.


Israel's ambassador noted that "Gaza terror begins and ends with Hamas, which took full responsibility for these attacks. What further evidence does the world need to hold Hamas responsible?"


Referring to IAF strikes against terror hubs in the Strip, in retaliation to rocket fire, Prosor wrote that, "Israel has exercised – and will continue to exercise – its right to self-defense, as appropriate, and will take all necessary measures to protect its citizens."



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