UN Ambassador: We expect UN Chief to be objective

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danon says Israel's mission during visit is to show UN Secretary General Guterres what Israeli reality is like.

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Science, Technology and Space Minister Danny Danon
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Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon spoke to Arutz Sheva about Israel's main goal for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres' visit to Israel.

In the interview, Danon said the aim is to replace other countries' interpretations with an objective view of Israel's reality.

"This is a very important visit," Danon said. "We are showing him the real Israel. I believe that this visit will help us in the future.

"The UN is a tough place. The Secretary-General is not the one who should fight for Israel. We expect him to be objective in what he says and does, and we will deal with our own reality."

Regarding the message sent to Guterres regarding Israelis and to the families of IDF KIA still held by Hamas, Danon said, "The Secretary General met with the families of the kidnapped soldiers, and all of Israel insists these boys be brought home.

"We support any process which will require the UN to busy itself with its original mission of advancing peace and negotiations between nations, and not encourage terror organizations."

The bodies of slain IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, have been held by the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza since Operation Protective Edge in 2014.

On Wednesday, Guterres toured a Hamas terror tunnel and received a briefing on the security situation in southern Israel.

On Tuesday, Guterres laid flowers on arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat's grave, and visited the families of imprisoned terrorists.