United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, came under heavy fire from Israeli UN Ambassador, Gilad Erdan, for his recent speech before the General Assembly on the ongoing Israel-Hamas War. Guterres condemned violence on both sides, but his criticism of Israel was significantly harsher.
15 days after his initial speech, Guterres's criticism of Israel has kicked up a notch, with him solely focusing on Israel in his remarks. He stated that the war in Gaza is intensifying, and could potentially spread throughout the region. Guterres then went on to talk about the importance of respecting and protecting civilians, regardless of the grievances of the Palestinian people.
The UN Secretary-General acknowledged the presence of the families of the Israeli hostages, who were recently killed, injured, and kidnapped by Hamas. He also condemned the recent "appalling attacks" by Hamas, while not ignoring the "plight" of the Palestinian people. However, he stressed that these grievances cannot justify terrorism and collective punishment of civilians.
Gutteres also outlined the rules of war, as he sees them. He urged all parties to uphold and respect their obligations under international humanitarian law and to take precautions to protect civilians during military operations. He expressed deep concerns over the level of civilian casualties, destruction of neighborhoods, and alleged "violations of international humanitarian law" in Gaza.
Israeli Ambassador Erdan expressed shock and called for Gutteres to resign, stating that his speech showed "a distorted and immoral manner" in which he viewed the recent terror attacks on Israel by Hamas. Erdan also expressed that there is no justification for those who show compassion for such atrocities against the Israeli people and called it a "tragedy."
The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas has once again brought the UN's bias against Israel into the spotlight. In 2022 alone, the UN has condemned Israel 15 times, compared to only 13 condemnatory resolutions against the rest of the world combined. From 2015 to 2022, the General Assembly has passed a total of 125 condemnatory resolutions against Israel, further highlighting the clear bias against the Jewish State.
It is clear that the United Nations has consistently failed to provide equal condemnation and support for both sides in the Israel-Hamas War. With the conflict escalating and tensions rising, it is more important than ever for international leaders to address the root causes of this ongoing conflict and strive towards a peaceful resolution that respects and protects the rights and lives of all civilians involved.