On Monday, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor chastised the UN Security Council for its silence in the face of a number of recent terror attacks against Israel, and slammed EU countries for efforts to prematurely recognize a Palestinian state.
“Every day Israelis are coming under attack. Every day the crowds of violent Palestinian rioters grow larger,” he said, as reported in The Times of Israel. “And yet, this institution has not uttered a word to denounce attacks against Israelis. Ignoring incitement and terrorism is similar to supporting terrorism.”
More Israelis have been murdered from attacks by terrorists from the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the last month than in the past two years combined, according to Israeli news site Ynet. Two Israelis stabbed to death Monday were the fifth and sixth terror fatalities in the past three weeks. More than 100 Israelis have been wounded in the past month due to terror attacks by perpetrators coming from the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem.
Prosor blamed Palestinian Authority incitement for the attacks.
“A person doesn’t just wake up one day and decide to stab someone or ram his car into a crowd of people. These attacks are the results of years of anti-Israel indoctrination and the glorification of so-called martyrs,” he said.
Prosor was referring to recent attacks in which terrorists plowed their cars into crowds of people waiting for trains or rides, stabbings, and even an attempted assassination of a Jewish activist.
“The incitement is everywhere. In schools, mosques and media, the Palestinian Authority is glorifying terrorists and celebrating attacks on Jews and Israelis.”
Prosor caustically assailed the EU nations who are threatening Israel with recognition of a Palestinian state even in the absence of peace negotiations, as Sweden did last month.
“Unsurprisingly, we have also not heard anything constructive from some of my European colleagues. To them, I say: Yes, continue to cosponsor one-sided resolutions. Yes, continue to encourage unilateral actions. And yes, by all means, prematurely recognize a Palestinian State,” he said.
“This has clearly been a resounding success that has brought us that much closer to peace,” the Israeli ambassador added.
Prosor expressed similar sentiments in a strong letter to the Security Council last Wednesday following the third terror attack in Jerusalem in recent weeks.
“If recent events offer any indication, the Security Council will once again remain silent as Israel buries yet another victim of Palestinian terrorism,” he wrote.
“Shortly after the attack Hamas claimed responsibility, calling the perpetrator a ‘martyr’ and describing the attack as ‘a heroic operation,’” he added.
The ambassador accused the Security Council of silence even as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas incited violence by calling for Palestinians to prevent Jews from ascending to the Temple Mount using “all means necessary.”