Hotovely and Kerry
Hotovely and KerryForeign Ministry Spokesperson

While attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely held a series of high-level meetings with several international counterparts. 

Hotovely met Wednesday with US Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and other senior officials, including the foreign ministers of the European Union, Jordan and Norway. 

She also spoke at the annual donor conference held at the UN, where she stressed Israel's commitment to fighting terrorism. 

"The world today is faced with the rapid spreading threat of radical Islam. In the face of [this threat], Israel is both committed to preserving the concept of international as well engaging in an uncompromising battle against terrorism," she said. 

In the context of the Israeli-Arab conflict, Hotoveli told the forum of foreign ministers that the conflict would only be resolved when "the moral infrastructure of the Palestinian Authority has changed."

"As long as Palestinian children dream of becoming an engineer to bomb the Jewish state, all the economic efforts have failed," she said.

The Deputy Foreign Minister also addressed the recent change in the international narrative regarding Israel's rights to Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria. 

"I call to restore freedom of religion to the Temple Mount, to stop the violence, to stop the 'robbed Cossack' cry of Mahmoud Abbas in regard to the Temple Mount, which he persists in inciting over," she concluded, using an old Jewish adage in which the perpetrator pretends to be the victim.