Netanyahu: 'Enough UN Israel Bashing, Oppose Terrorists'
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with US congressmen Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Gregory Meeks (D-NY) on Monday, and remarked on the threats to Israel while receiving their pledges of continued American support.
Netanyahu began by mentioning the intense fighting between the Syrian army and rebel forces on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, which has spilled over several times onto the Israeli side and seen rebels capture 43 Fijian UN peacekeepers.
"What we see is that Al-Nusra (Front), Hamas, Hezbollah – backed by Iran, Al Qaeda and these other terrorists groups, are basically defying all international norms, breaking them whether in Lebanon, in Syria or in Gaza," noted Netanyahu.
The prime minister fired "I think the UN would do itself a great favor if instead of the automatic Israel bashing, they actually turn their attention and their investigative committees against these terrorists who trample every norm on which the UN was founded."
The criticism comes after a UNHRC committee, led by Canadian law professor Robert Schabas who has made his anti-Israel bias clear, and a former member of the Goldstone committee, was launched to investigate Israel's alleged "war crimes" in Operation Protective Edge. Nobel laureate Professor Yisrael (Robert) Aumann has decried the UNHRC committee as simple anti-Semitism.
"I think this is a common effort that all of us have to make against these Islamist terrorist groups that threaten our societies and our civilization. I know that this is part of your common position and I welcome it," concluded Netanyahu.
Israel - America's "only true friend in the Middle East"
In response to Netanyahu's comments, Rohrabacher said "we recognize that Israel is the one force for stability and one force for a long term peace for this region."
"The rest of the region is awash in tyranny and injustice and gangsterism and terrorism that’s coming from the top, from these people that are running the various organizations, radical Islamic organizations," added the US representative.
Speaking about the extremist groups, Rohrabacher added "they are not just a threat to you, they are a threat to the peace of the world and the security of the United States. So we are very, very proud of this tough stand that you have taken and you can count on us."
Meeks added "there’s one thing that we concur on, whether we be Democrats or Republicans - and we are a bi-partisan delegation - we come together in support with our friends, our only true friend in the Middle East, and that’s Israel."
"We want to make sure that you know we will always stand side by side, because we understand that what affects you affects us," pledged Meeks.
The meeting comes at a time in which relations are strained between Israel and US President Barack Obama's administration, which has exerted pressure on Netanyahu that reportedly recently led him to cancel plans for 2,500 housing units in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.
Obama further canceled a weapons shipment to Israel during the recent Gaza operation and called for greater scrutiny on future routine shipments. In parallel, Israel is developing ties with countries like China, Japan and India.