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Israel UN Envoy Condemns 'Dehumanizing' World Response

Ron Prosor says world nations' weak condemnations of kidnapping stem from delegitimization of Israel.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 6/18/2014, 10:42 AM

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Ron Prosor
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Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Ron Prosor on Wednesday criticized the world reaction to the kidnapping of Eyal Yifrah, 19, Naftali Frenkel, 16, and Gilad Sha'ar, 16, by Hamas terrorists last Thursday.

Speaking to Galei Tzahal (IDF Radio), Prosor appraised that "despite the condemnations in Europe and the United States, the world response to the kidnapping is weak."

"The family of nations needs to say 'guys - enough is enough, we can't be silent because it will reach our doorstep,'" remarked Prosor.

The Israeli UN envoy added that the motives behind the lack of harsh condemnation lay much deeper.

"There are a lot of things here connected to the delegitimization and dehumanization of the state of Israel, and you need to change the right of opposition. Legitimate criticism is fine and dandy, but we aren't prepared to accept the delegitimization and dehumanization of the state of Israel," declared Prosor.

Prosor's warnings come right after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's spokesperson Farhan Haq said Tuesday that the UN has no "concrete evidence" that the kidnapping really happened.

The statement raised question marks, particularly given Ban's condemnation of the kidnapping on Saturday, in which he equated it with an IAF airstrike on Gaza in response to four rocket attacks.

Egypt for its part condemned not the kidnapping, but rather the Israeli crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood offshoot Hamas, urging "maximum self-restraint." Over 1,400 Muslim Brotherhood supporters have been killed since last July in the harsh Egyptian crackdown on the group.

Back in April following the unity agreement between Fatah and Hamas, Prosor criticized world nations for supporting the pact, saying that now international donations to the Palestinian Authority (PA) would be funneled to Hamas.

Presciently, Prosor said "I wonder how taxpayers in London, Luxembourg and Paris would feel knowing that they will enable Hamas to...kidnap more Israelis."