A suggested aide memoire from the government of Israel to the United Nations secretary general

In my view, here is what Israel should state as its official position as the U.N. marks a significant moment:

On October 14, 2015, the United Nations will convene in New York to celebrate its 70th anniversary.  In connection with that event, the Permanent Delegation of Israel wishes to bring to the attention of His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon, the secretary general of the United Nations, and, through him, all the member-states and entities of the organization the following facts and views:

Israel deeply appreciates the fact that on November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 181, which recommended “to the United Kingdom, as the mandatory Power for Palestine the adoption and implementation with regard to the future government of Palestine of the Plan of Partition [and called] upon the inhabitants of Palestine to take such steps as may be necessary on their part to put this plan into effect.”

Two years later, on November 5, 1949, Israel was invited to join the United Nations, and it has been a member-state longer than most of the 193 states now in the organization.

But Israel must point also point out with regret that the General Assembly has adopted over 225 resolutions critical of Israel.  Israel must also point out that from 1967 to 1989 the Security Council has condemned it 131 times and that since 2010 it has adopted 79 anti-Israel resolutions related to the Palestine problem.  As of 2013, the United Nations Human Rights Council has condemned my country 45 times.  These condemnations represent almost half of the “country-specific resolutions” passed by the Council. 

Israel finds this situation unacceptable especially since the United Nations has done and said nothing about the fact that one of its member-states constantly advocates the elimination of my country.

What particularly rankles Israel, Your Excellency, is your statement, on June 18, 2015, that Israel “take concrete and immediate steps, including by reviewing existing policies and practices, to protect and prevent the killing and maiming of children, and to respect the special protections afforded to schools and hospitals.”

Israel is further offended, in the words of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that “[i]nstead of highlighting the fact that Hamas made hostages of Gaza’s children when it fired at Israel from preschools, and dug tunnels towards Israeli preschools, the UN has again chosen to reproach Israel. This is a black day for the UN. There is no limit to its hypocrisy."

With regard to the United Nations, one wonders, in the words of a comment in the Times of Israel, whether there is “really any reason for Israel to be part of this organization any longer.”


Ron Prosor

Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations