Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, responded to Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vasyl Nebenzy, who said a few days ago that Israel has no right to self-defense because it is an “occupying state.” Erdan reacted harshly, saying that Russia is the last one to lecture them, given the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
“I cannot fail to point out the hypocrisy of the US and its allies, who in other, completely different situations, address calls for compliance with humanitarian law, impose sanctions on those who in fact use force only as a last resort to stop years of violence,” he said, according to Russian news agency TASS Don’t eat. Russia is facing Western sanctions due to the military incursion of the Russian army into Ukraine. The invasion has so far left tens of thousands of civilians injured or dead, and hundreds of thousands of soldiers killed on both sides.
“When (the United States) today observes the terrible destruction in Gaza, which many times exceeds what they angrily criticize in another regional context, (they see) strikes on civilian objects including hospitals, the death of thousands of children and the terrible suffering of the civilian population under conditions of total blockade, as would suddenly have mouths full of water. The only thing they are capable of is to claim that Israel has the right to self-defense, although the occupying state does not have such a right, which confirms the conclusion of the UN International Court of Justice in 2004,” Nebenzja said at a plenary session dedicated to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
He was referring to the decision of the UN court condemning the concrete security barrier that Israel built in the West Bank as a self-defense measure under Article 51 of the UN Charter. Nebenzja then recognized Israel’s right to “fight terrorists” but not civilians.
However, the Israeli ambassador to the UN reacted sharply to his words. “It’s funny to hear a representative of Russia lecturing Israel about human rights and international law. The representative of a country that was expelled from the Human Rights Council talks about morality. Russia is the last one to teach us. Everyone understands how Russia would react if thousands of its citizens were killed and kidnapped by a terrorist organization. “Russia is using the Hamas attack in the most twisted way possible and only to divert the world’s attention from the invasion of Ukraine,” Gilad Erdan said, according to the agency https://twitter.com/nexta_tv/status/1720473390723616924.
Erdan also previously pinned a yellow star with the words Never Again on his lapel at the United Nations meeting on Monday. He insisted he would wear it proudly until the UN Security Council condemned the attack on his country by the radical Palestinian movement Hamas.
“Some of you haven’t learned anything in the last 80 years. Some of you have forgotten why this body was established. So I will remind you. From now on, whenever you look at me, you will remember what happens when you remain silent in the face of evil. Like my grandparents and the grandparents of millions of Jews, my team and I will wear yellow stars from now on. We will wear this star until you wake up and condemn the atrocities of Hamas,” Erdan said on Monday, according to The Times of Israel.