Ki-moon admits to Israel bias in UN; Claims Israeli settlements an ongoing military occupation, addresses Palestinian incitement and violence; Sweden to press for Security Council resolution on settlements in January
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon admitted on Friday that there is explicit bias in the United Nations against the State of Israel.
During his final address to the United Nations Security Council as sitting Secretary-General, Ki-moon stated “Over the last decade I have argued that we cannot have a bias against Israel at the UN. Decades of political maneuvering have created a disproportionate number of resolutions, reports and committees against Israel. In many cases, instead of helping the Palestinian issue, this reality has foiled the ability of the UN to fulfill its role effectively.”
There are currently 223 resolutions against the State of Israel.
He stated that Israel is “militarily” occupying the Palestinians and preventing Palestinian statehood and that Israel must be held accountable, stating “The right of the Jewish people to have a state does not negate the right of the Palestinian people to statehood. At the same time, Israel must realize that the reality, in which a democratic state governed by the rule of law keeps the Palestinian people under military occupation, will continue to generate criticism and calls for accountability.”
The outgoing Secretary-General claimed that Israeli settlements “eat away at the land meant for a future Palestinian state,” acknowledging Palestinian incitement and violence however stating “Progress in this area, however, will be difficult unless the Palestinian authorities take brave and concrete steps to address incitement and violence.”
In further developments against the State of Israel in the United Nations, Sweden will reportedly press for a UN Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements. Sweden will hold the Council presidency come January of 2017. Reports of Sweden’s efforts in the Security Council were released on Saturday following a meeting by Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom with Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas and the PA’s Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki in Ramallah.
Following their meeting, Wallstrom stated that the meeting was centered on Sweden’s upcoming presidency and that Sweden “hope[s] that it will be possible for the Security Council to adopt a resolution on the settlements… Sweden’s policy aims to create a future in which Israel and Palestine can live side by side. It is deeply worrying that young Palestinians are beginning to lose hope for the future after 50 years of occupation.”
Wallstrom has been a vocal supporter of the Palestinians and has accused Israel of “extrajudicial executions” and numerous human rights abuses. In October of 2014, she pressed for Sweden to recognize the “State of Palestine”.