Prosor urges UN to drop the Is­rael myths

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News - BY JEN­NIFER LIP­MAN

IS­RAEL’S AM­BAS­SADOR to the United Na­tions has called for the in­ter­na­tional body to move on from “myths” about the Mid­dle East in or­der to take an hon­est look at Is­rael and its neigh­bours.

Ron Prosor, who took on the role af­ter step­ping down as en­voy to the UK, high­lighted the many other prob­lems and con­flicts in the Arab world in a speech to the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

As Is­rael pre­pared for Yom Hazikaron, the day on which the state hon­ours its fallen sol­diers, he said: “It is im­por­tant for Is­rael and the Pales­tini­ans to re­solve our long­stand­ing con­flict for its own mer­its.

“Yet the truth is that con­flicts in Syria, Ye­men, Egypt, Bahrain and many other parts of the Mid­dle East have noth­ing to do with Is­rael.”

He went on: “Re­solv­ing the Is­raeliPales­tinian con­flict won’t stop the per­se­cu­tion of mi­nori­ties across the re­gion, end the sub­ju­ga­tion of women, or heal sec­tar­ian di­vides.”

He also em­pha­sised the “850,000 un­told sto­ries” in the many doc­u­ments the UN has writ­ten about Is­rael and the Pales­tini­ans, of Jews who were “up­rooted from their homes in Arab coun­tries dur­ing the past 64 years”.

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