The absence of any United Nations condemnation of the ceaseless Gaza-sourced rocket attacks on southern Israeli cities is highlighted in a letter Israel has sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council.
“This is a dangerous trend,” Ambassador Haim Waxman, Israel’s deputy permanent representative to the UN, says in comments reflecting the letter’s content.
“During the past month, more than 40 rockets and mortars have been fired into Israeli cities. Israel holds Hamas fully responsible for all acts of terrorism emanating from Gaza. We will continue to exercise our right to self-defense and take all measures necessary to protect our citizens.”
Amb. Waxman questions the silence of both the Security Council and the Palestinian Authority.
“Israel continues to warn the international community about the dangerous potential for escalation in letter after letter,” he says. “However, we still have not heard a single syllable of condemnation from the Security Council or the Palestinian Authority.
Amb. Waxman also laments the lack of focused condemnation from the wider international community.
“There has been no concerted effort in the international community to halt the fire of rockets into Israeli cities. All responsible nations have a duty to condemn these attacks unequivocally, acting immediately to prevent the flow of terrorism from Gaza,” Amb. Waxman concludes.