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Benjamin Netanyahu and António Guterres

Netanyahu Calls on UN to Condemn Iran, Palestinian Terrorism

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the United Nations to "condemn Iranian subversion and Palestinian terrorism against innocent civilians and to refrain from its baseless criticism of Israel," in a meeting with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, September 20.

Multiple Jewish organizations have condemned the UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry report on Israel. American Jewish Committee (AJC) CEO Ted Deutch said in a statement, at the time of the 2022 report:

“There’s no mention of Hamas. There’s no mention of terrorism. There’s no mention of the thousands of rockets that rained down on Israel with the sole intention of killing as many civilians as possible, and that there’s a failure to acknowledge that every country, including Israel, has a right to defend itself.”

During the Wednesday meeting, Netanyahu requested that Guterres help change the attitude of UN institutions towards the State of Israel, saying that "it was untenable that while major changes for the better were taking place in the world and the Middle East, the UN was unaffected and remained steadfast in its hostility to Israel."

The prime minister also held several high-level meetings during his trip to New York, including a meeting earlier with US President Joe Biden, during which he told him: “I think that under your leadership, Mr. President, we can forge a historic peace between Israel and Saudi Arabia.” (JPost / VFI News)