'If we believe in ourselves we can make a change'

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN praises the Trump administration's support for Israel, says he's seeing changes in the UN.

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Ambassador Danny Danon
Ambassador Danny Danon
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Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, spoke to Arutz Sheva on Tuesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, where both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump had given speeches.

Danon hailed the Trump administration for its new approach which shows public support for Israel.

“We have seen the results. Ambassador Haley does not only speak. She’s been very effective and we’ve been able to change the mind of the UNIFIL forces in southern Lebanon. We were able to deliver here in the UN. We heard President Trump speaking about the support for Israel. It’s something of which we’re very proud, and we will continue to work with our friends in the U.S. to make a change in the UN,” the ambassador said.

Danon stressed that “we are not against the UN but we want to bring the UN to where it should be, and I think the leadership of the U.S. is starting to bring results to this building.”

He acknowledged that “there is a lot of hate and a lot of ignorance” in the UN “but I believe we can lead a change. Hearing President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu speaking today gives us a lot of courage to continue with our fight. Even a symbolic thing, where I’m presiding over the meeting of the General Assembly, shows that we can do things in the UN. We have a lot of friends, but we can do more.”

Danon said Trump’s speech was “a unique speech in which no one blamed Israel. No one came with complaints about Israel, and it shows there is a strong relationship between the new administration and the government of Israel. We’ll continue to work with the American mission to deliver results for the benefit of the world.”

“Israel is not the problem. Israel is the solution,” he stressed.

While the UN “is still hostile territory”, Danon continued, “I’m starting to feel the change and I’m optimistic. We have to be optimistic. We have to pray for change. We have to pray for peace and I believe things will continue to work out and believe we will prevail.”

“We need to believe. If we believe in ourselves we can make a change, we can deliver results. I want to wish everybody a Happy New Year. Shana Tova. A year in which we will continue to do great things for the people of Israel and we will continue to show the real face of Israel to the entire world,” the ambassador concluded.