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Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on August 21st, 2013
by Pincas Jawetz (pj@sustainabilitank.info)


Israel’s UN Ambassador Says Ban Ki-moon’s ‘Blatant Denial’ of UN Anti-Israel Bias ‘Is No Recipe for Change.’

August 21, 2013

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, responded sharply to comments made recently by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in which he denied that there was an endemic anti-Israel bias problem at the UN.

“Blatant denial is no recipe for change,” said the Ambassador in an email to The Algemeiner, adding, “This bias will continue as long as it is not acknowledged and dealt with at the highest echelons of the UN.”

“It doesn’t take the investigative skills of Agatha Christie to deduce that there’s bias against Israel at the United Nations,” he said.

Speaking to journalists at the UN Monday Ki-moon was asked by an Israel Radio reporter about comments he made while visiting Israel Friday that acknowledged that bias against Israel was prevalent at the UN. In what appeared to be a sharp turnaround the Secretary General responded “No, I don’t think there is discrimination against Israel at the United Nations.”

Backing up his statement Prosor provided examples of UN bias against the Jewish state in his email to The Algemeiner.

“Every year, the General Assembly passes over 20 resolutions that single out Israel. These resolutions are passed in a ‘standard operating procedure,’ discriminating against Israel with absolutely zero connection to changing realities in the world or the Middle East.

In 2012 alone, the GA passed 21 resolutions condemning us – and only three condemning ‘beacons of human rights’ like Syria, Iran, and North Korea,” he wrote.

Prosor also referred to the UN Human Rights Council’s Agenda Item 7 which singles out Israel, citing it as an instance of anti-Israel discrimination.

“In the UN Human Rights Council, there is an Agenda Item 4 that deals with human rights violations all over the world – including in ‘Jeffersonian democracies’ like Libya, Syria and Sudan. Israel, however, is the only country in the world that is singled out for a special Agenda Item 7. If this is not discrimination, what is?” he said.


The Ambassador also pointed out the UN’s historic attitude towards Israel, saying, “Although Israel has been a UN member state since 1949, for 51 years Israel was denied access to any UN regional group. Only in May 2000 was Israel allowed to join the regional group WEOG. If that’s not discrimination, what is?”

On Tuesday a senior Israeli official told The Times of Israel that Israel was “disappointed” by Ki-moon’s comments.

“We were disappointed when we saw these reported remarks. It’s clear that Israel has been systematically discriminated against at the United Nations and the way to start dealing with that issue is first of all to recognize that there’s a problem,” the official said.

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As a corollary to above note we repeat once more what we wrote when we found out that Mr. Ban uninvited visited Jerusalem the day the new round of negotiations started this month – the UN of Mr. Ban just has no place in mediation in the region because clear anti-Israeli bias that is based in feelings that there is no place for a Jewish State in the Middle of what a great majority of UN members and the staff of the organization decided that is an Arab Islamic part of the globe.

Without incorporating Israel first into the Western Asia – or Arab Region in UN lingo – there is no geography that entitles the UN to any participation in PEACE NEGOTIATIONS between UN Member States of that region.

Without backing Israel’s stand versus the Palestinians, we nevertheless look clearly down on an organization that chooses to back oil despots and refuses to acknowledge the right of Jews or Kurds to their own National identity.

In effect we do back the Palestinians – another people that were denied independence – but we claim this was not done as much by Israel as by the Arab oil despots noted above.
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About Mr. Ban – we find real insights in a Warren Hoge New York Times article of December 9, 2006 – “For New U.N. Chief, a Past Misstep Leads to Opportunity.”

Mr Ban himself said: “Modesty is about demeanor, not about vision and goals. It does not mean the lack of commitment or leadership.”

“BAN KI-MOON, the incoming secretary general of the United Nations, got his new job in an unlikely manner for a man known for head-of-the-class performance, devotion to duty and a relentless rise through the ranks.

He got fired. “I was totally out of work for the first time in my life,” Mr. Ban said.

Worse than that, the professional lapse that cost him his high-level position in the South Korean Foreign Ministry required a public apology from the president at the time, Kim Dae-jung.

Mr. Ban had accidentally left a positive mention of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in a joint communiqué with Russia at a time when the Bush administration had decided to abandon it.

“You must understand the political impact in Asia that public apologies have,” Mr. Ban said, wincing at the memory.

As it turned out, he survived thanks to another Asian cultural tradition. “I had what we call a ‘jeon-hwa-we-bok’ experience,” he said. The maxim, well known to Koreans, means turning a misfortune into a blessing.

While waiting in Seoul to be shunted off to a remote embassy, as he expected, he was tapped by Han Seung-soo, the General Assembly president for 2001, to come to the United Nations to be his chief of staff.

“Had I been appointed to an ambassadorship somewhere, I simply wouldn’t have had this opportunity to be selected secretary general,” Mr. Ban said”

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In 1980 Ban became director of the United Nations’ International Organizations and Treaties Bureau, headquartered in Seoul and then posted twice to the Korean Embassy in Washington. He worked on the Joint Declaration of the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. In 1998 he became Korean Ambassador to Austria and Slovenia – based in Vienna, and soon thereafter he was also elected as Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO PrepCom) – the real reason for his move to Vienna – and the locale of the blunder that was mentioned by Warren Hoge.

But this brings us also to Vienna (and I write this while in Vienna) and we would be astonished if Mr. Ban learned nothing of Jewish history, and the history of Antisemitism while enjoying life and the music of Vienna. That ought to have him prepared for Middle East negotiations at the UN, and put him in a problem-solving mode in the Israeli-Palestinian issue. But seemingly he prefers to rather fall back to a mode of diplomacy that gives more credit for going along with the negative majority that rules the house. Some may claim that his Austrian model has become Mr. Waldheim – who as well left not such a great legacy at home and abroad.

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AND IN THE REAL WORLD – DEVOID FICTION AND DIPLOMATIC MAKE BELIEVE:

19 August 2013

Excellency,

I write to draw your attention to an alarming development in our region. On 17 August 2013, several mortar shells were fired from Syria near the Israeli town of Keshet, in grave violation of the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement. Despite the IDF’s repeated warnings, mortar shells continued to be fired into Israel. Only after the third shell landed did the IDF fire a warning shot.

These provocations occurred just as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was wrapping up his visit to our region. At the very moment that he was seeking to further the dream of peace, Israelis received yet another reminder of the reality of war.

Israel has repeatedly issued warnings and sent letters to the Security Council cautioning that these sorts of provocations will not be tolerated. Israel cannot be expected to stand by as Assad’s reign of terror results in shells raining on our citizens.

The continuous attacks on our border have the potential to escalate an already tense situation and further destabilize the region. Israel has shown maximum restraint thus far. I urge the Security Council to address this development immediately before the situation further escalates.

I should be grateful if you would have this letter distributed as an official document of the Security Council. I wish to inform you that an identical letter has been sent to H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Allow me, Excellency, to renew to you the assurances of my highest consideration.

Yours truly,

Ron Prosor
Ambassador
Permanent Representative

H.E. Mrs. María Cristina Perceval
President of the Security Council
United Nations
New York

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