Hamas’ 10/7 atrocities are “appalling”; “nothing can justify the deliberate killing, injuring and kidnapping of civilians, or the launching of rockets against civilian targets,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at Tuesday’s Security Council session — then went on to justify it.
“It is important to also recognize the attacks by Hamas did not happen in a vacuum,” Guterres smarmed. “The Palestinian people have been subjected to 56 years of suffocating occupation. They have seen their land steadily devoured by settlements and plagued by violence; their economy stifled; their people displaced and their homes demolished.”
That is, he implicitly invoked the tired claim that Palestinian suffering is Israel’s fault, that Hamas is somehow a product of Israel’s actions.
Nope, nope, nope: We won’t rehash 75 years of history here, but the core truth is that Israel has always wanted to live in peace.
It’s the Arab world’s long refusal to accept the Jewish state’s existence that’s driven the plight of the West Bank and Gaza populations.
And Hamas isn’t any force for liberation, but merely another a tool of Iran’s quest to dominate the Middle East (which has been a Persian goal for 2½ millennia).
It’s not Israel but Hamas that now occupies Gaza, using the entire civilian populace as human shields and diverting all available resources from humanitarian pursuits to terrorist ones.
Israel’s UN ambassador was entirely right to answer Guterres by calling for his resignation, and Jerusalem is right to respond by ceasing to issue visas to UN staff.
Especially since Guterres and the UN bureaucracy are calling for a ceasefire — which would let the savages escape any consequence for their atrocities, and leave them free to commit more.
The United Nations is largely useless, but often worse: Its permanent bureaucracy is hopelessly biased against Israel and deeply complicit in the cruel weaponization of the Palestinian people.
Guterres and his institution are no solution to anything; usually, they’re a big part of the problem.