Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, tired of the international body’s failure to condemn the constant rocket fire at southern Israel, decided on Tuesday to protest that fact in an original way.
According to a report on Israel’s Channel 10 News, Ambassador Ron Prosor sent a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and to the members of the UN Security Council. Prosor has done this before, but this time he chose to make do with a laconic two-line message to express his despair at the UN’s silence on Israel.
“How long will you continue to be silent?” wrote Prosor. “Ten days, ten rockets, and not one condemnation.”
“The Red Alert siren in Israel’s southern towns should raise red flags in the Security Council. The Council must act, and do so immediately,” he demanded.
Prosor’s letter came after Gaza terrorists continued to fire rockets at Israel’s southern communities last weekend. While, luckily this time, no one was physically hurt, the psychological damage to citizens, especially children and the elderly, is profound.
The Israel Air Force carried out an air strike overnight Saturday night in retaliation for the latest attacks. IAF fighter pilots targeted a weapons factory and a smuggler tunnel in southern Gaza, according to the IDF spokespersons' office. Direct hits were confirmed in both operations.
More than 10,000 such rockets have been fired at Israel in the past decade, but the vast majority have been launched in the past six years, many of them from the very region where Jews once lived and thrived.
Last week, the UN Security Council condemned the recent terror attack on the Israeli embassy in New Delhi, India, as well as the attempted attack on the embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia. It was the first time in seven years that the Security Council had condemned terror acts against Israelis.
Israel's delegation to the UN told Channel 10 following Prosor’s letter that “Prosor asked to send a short but clear message, in light of the continuing silence of the UN and the international community on the rocket fire from Gaza into southern communities.”