On Sunday, interim Prime Minister Yair Lapid sent a letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres demanding “the immediate removal of all three members of the Commission of Inquiry tasked with investigating Israel, and the disbanding of the Commission.”
"Excellency, I call on you today to honor your word in this egregious case, to set the record straight," Lapid wrote. "This cannot stand. Slurs about a “Jewish lobby” that acts to “control” the media, are reminiscent of the darkest days of modern history. The fight against anti-Semitism cannot be waged with words alone; it requires action. This is the time for action; it is time to disband the Commission.
"From Mr. Kothari’s outrageous slurs to Ms. Pillay’s defense of the indefensible, this Commission does not just endorse anti-Semitism — it fuels it," Lapid added.
The Prime Minister’s demand comes in the wake of several anti-Semitic statements made by Commission member Mr. Miloon Kothari, which followed a series of anti-Semitic incidents as well as the unmistakable anti-Israel sentiment expressed within the UN’s Commission of Inquiry. This letter is part of a comprehensive and intensive effort led by Israel in recent days. Thanks to significant efforts, representatives of a number of countries have already condemned Mr. Kothari’s anti-Semitic remarks, including: the United States, France, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Austria, and the European Union.