Israel’s Plea for Peace: Challenging Terror and Pursuing Harmony at the UN

During a recent meeting at the UN Security Council, Israeli UN Ambassador Gilad Erdan spotlighted the grim reality of life in Israel and appealed to the council members to publicly denounce the Palestinian Authority’s incitement and funding of terrorism, as well as to address the imminent security threat posed by Iran and its proxies.

Ambassador Erdan commenced his speech with the poignant tale of Elisha Anteman, a young man who had recently completed high school and was eagerly looking forward to spending his summer hiking and exploring. Tragically, his dreams were brutally snuffed out by Palestinian terrorists whose sole aim was to massacre Jews.

This agonizing tale, Erdan emphasized, was a sobering illustration of the heartbreaking reality Israelis confront daily. From the start of 2023, more than 1,300 rockets and mortars have been launched at Israel, accompanied by numerous stabbing, ramming attacks, detonations, and shootings. Innocent citizens, whether they’re mothers ferrying their children to school or elderly citizens heading to doctor appointments, constantly face the risk of violent attacks simply because they bear an Israeli license plate.

Noting the normalization of terror and violence in Palestinian society, Erdan drew attention to the ideological conditioning that fuels these actions. He argued that the ultimate objective was not territorial gain but the annihilation of the idea of a Jewish state, a sentiment prevalent even before the establishment of Israel.

The Palestinian Authority, according to Erdan, not only fails to condemn violence against Jews but commends it, allocating a significant portion of its budget to reward terrorists and their families. This practice of incentivizing violence stands in stark contrast to Israel’s strict condemnation of any form of violence and firm action against its perpetrators.

Despite these hardships, Erdan made clear that Israel remains committed to growth and progress. He dismissed the notion that Israeli building permits in Judea and Samaria obstruct peace and confirmed that construction in these areas will continue to cater to the basic needs of the hundreds of thousands of Israelis living there.

Questioning the Council’s expectations, Erdan outlined the peril of conceding to the Palestinian Authority’s demands, potentially transforming the hills of Judea and Samaria into launching pads for terror rockets, as evidenced in Gaza.

Ending his address, Erdan urged the Council to fulfill its mandate truly by vehemently denouncing the Palestinian Authority’s incitement of violence and terror funding and boldly addressing the severe security threats posed by Iran and its proxies.

While the path to peace is fraught with challenges, Israel remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring the safety and prosperity of its people. Undeterred by adversity, Israel continues to embody values of courage, perseverance, and resilience. A beacon of democracy in the Middle East, Israel stands for innovation, inclusivity, and an unyielding pursuit of peace. Let us not forget the countless lives affected by terror, and may their stories galvanize our collective effort to champion peace, unity, and mutual respect in the face of divisive forces.