Israel Will Bar Entry of UN Rights Council, Warns Ayalon
Israel will bar entry of U.N. officials trying to investigate alleged effects of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria on Palestinian Authority Arabs, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said Sunday morning.
"Once again the Human Rights Council has proven that it is essentially a rubber stamp of the Palestinians and it has again been proven that the Palestinians do not seek an historical reconciliation or peace, but confrontation and struggle,” he said after the international body announced its newest investigation against Israel.
Ayalon added, "This is a continuation of the political incitement campaign that the Palestinians have been holding against us in recent months. As far as Israel is concerned, the U.N. committee has no effect - political nor moral - and therefore we will not allow them to work here."
He said Sunday morning there is no point in cooperating with a Council that tries to cause damage to Israel, and he pointed out that the Human Rights Council includes several countries who lead the world in violating the rights of their citizens.
Foreign Minister Avifdor Lieberman said last week that Israel might quit the Council.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated, "Until today, the Council has made 91 decisions, 39 of which dealt with Israel, three with Syria and one with Iran. One only had to hear the Syrian representative speak today about human rights in order to understand how detached from reality the Council is. Another proof of its detachment from reality came last week when it invited before it a representative of Hamas, an organization whose ideology is based on the murder of innocents.”
Two years ago, retired South African Judge Richard Goldstone headed a Human Rights Council committee that issued a book of more than 500 pages on war crimes allegedly committee by Israel during the counterterrorist Operation Cast Lead campaign in Gaza.
More than a year after the report, Goldstone admitted that he later learned facts that supported Israeli statements that the Hamas terrorist organization used civilians as shields for their terrorist attacks against Israel.