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Netanyahu to UN Chief: Hamas is Committing a Double War Crime

Netanyahu and UN Chief Ban Ki-moon archiveNetanyahu and UN Chief Ban Ki-moon archivePrime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday told United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that Hamas commits a double war crime by using civilians as human shields and firing rockets at Israel.
 
Netanyahu’s comments were made in a meeting with Ban at the UN headquarters in New York. Also attending the meeting was Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman.
 
Netanyahu told the UN chief that the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) should focus its investigation of war crimes in Gaza on Hamas, which also used UN buildings to fire rockets towards Israel. He added that the UNHRC is biased against Israel while protective towards Hamas.
 
The Prime Minister further told Ban that there is no justice in the fact that the standards used by the UN when it comes to Israel are different than any other country. Netanyahu said that while that 200,000 civilians have been massacred in Syria, there is no proportionality in the way the UN acts towards Israel.
 
Netanyahu also stressed that Israel never directed its attacks in Gaza against civilians, and regrets any harm caused to innocent people.
 
The comments are in line with the contents of Netanyahu’s speech at the UN on Monday, in which he said the UNHRC “has become a Terrorists' Human Rights Council”.
 
Netanyahu told Ban in the meeting that Hamas had taken the residents of Gaza hostage, and compared Hamas to the “Islamic State” (IS) group. He did this in his UN speech as well.
 
Finally, Netanyahu told the UN chief that there was no change in Israel’s position with regards to a demilitarized Palestinian state that will recognize Israel as the Jewish state, subject to security arrangements that would allow Israel to defend itself against any threat.
 
He reiterated that the conflict with the Arabs is not about “settlements”, but rather about the very existence of Israel as a Jewish state.

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