“I am shocked by how my statements yesterday were interpreted by some, as if I were justifying the terror of Hamas. This is false. It was the opposite.” This was reiterated by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, whose speech to the United Nations was the subject of a heated clash with Israel. “The pain of the Palestinian people cannot justify the appalling attacks by Hamas”, Guterres further explained, underlining that “it is necessary to set the record straight, above all out of respect for the victims and their families” (ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR, UPDATES LIVE).
Guterres’ reflection: “Attacks did not come from nowhere”
What triggered the Israeli reaction yesterday were the words spoken at the UN Secretary at the UN Secretary General, according to which “it is important to recognize that Hamas’ attacks did not come out of nowhere. The Palestinian people have been subjected to 56 years of suffocating occupation”. “The suffering of the Palestinian people cannot justify the appalling attacks by Hamas,” he added, however, “and those appalling attacks cannot justify the collective punishment of the Palestinian people.”
The Israeli ambassador: “Guterres distorts reality”
“The UN secretary general once again distorts and distorts reality” replied in a note the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan who has once again called for Guterres’ resignation. “Yesterday,” he added, “he made it clear that Hamas’ massacre and killing spree ‘did not happen in a vacuum’.” So for him “Israel is guilty of the actions of Hamas” and Guterres showed “understanding and justification for the massacre. A secretary who does not understand that the murder of innocents can have no justification, and no ‘context’, cannot be – he concluded – general secretary”.