Israel’s new envoy Gilad Erdan slammed the United Nations yesterday for adopting a series of anti-Israeli resolutions. The Fourth Committee of the UN General Assembly, which is dedicated to political and decolonialization affairs, voted yesterday with overwhelming majorities in favor of seven resolutions critical of Israel. On the agenda were assistance to Palestinian refugees, Israeli settlements in the occupied territories (including east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights) and Israeli practices impacting the human rights of the Palestinian populations. The resolutions lambasted Israel for alleged human rights violations against Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem and repressive measures against Syrians in the Golan Heights.
The seven resolutions have been passed each year for several years, more or less with the same wording. The resolutions are expected to be approved by the UN General Assembly later this month. The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan — which recently agreed to normalize ties with Israel — did not shift from their traditional voting patterns and supported all seven resolutions.
Ahead of the committee’s session, Erdan tweeted, “The UN is about to vote on the annual ‘Palestinian package’ of resolutions. I will not allow this anti-Israel vote to go uncontested. Watch as I call out the hypocrisies & lies of these resolutions, and the damage done by the countries that support them!”
Speaking at the session, Erdan said, “What is the point of these resolutions? Just to pave the way for future resolutions? By supporting these resolutions, you are not only wasting UN resources, you are also sabotaging any chances of future peace.”
Criticizing the UN agency dedicated to Palestinian refugees, Erdan said, “One of the biggest reasons for the UN’s failure in ending the conflict is its continued support of UNRWA. Simply put, UNRWA’s very existence makes the Israeli-Palestinian conflict unsolvable, and I don’t intend to allow business as usual anymore.” Erdan said that the schools financed by the UNRWA teach with books that contain incitement against Israel and against Jews, which in turn encourage terror attacks and de-legitimize the state of Israel. He also noted that instead of helping refugees integrate into the countries that have welcomed them, the agency perpetuates the problems. He said that the agency automatically recognizes any Palestinian descendent as a refugee, even if she or he lives permanently in another country.
Erdan was also critical on one of the resolutions referring to the Temple Mount by its Arabic name, Haram al-Sharif. For Erdan, omitting the Jewish name was an “audacious attempt to rewrite history.” He said that such actions will never erase the ancient connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem. “As minister of public security, I ensured that all religions had access to Jerusalem’s holy sites. During my term, the number of Jews visiting the Temple Mount each year more than tripled. No resolution passed here will stop that process. No resolution passed here will change the eternal connection between the Jewish people and the holiest site of our faith, Har Habayit, the Temple Mount.”