UN chief tours Gaza fron­tier, vis­its Ha­mas ter­ror tun­nel

The Jewish Voice - - NEWS IN REVIEW -

(JNS.org) United Na­tions Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res, dur­ing a three-day trip to Is­rael, trav­eled to the Gaza bor­der Wed­nes­day to see first­hand the se­cu­rity chal­lenges the Jewish state faces, in­clud­ing vis­it­ing a Ha­mas ter­ror tun­nel.

Is­raeli Am­bas­sador to the U.N. Danny Danon, who ac­com­pa­nied Guter­res on his visit, and IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi ex­plained Is­rael's se­cu­rity chal­lenges as well as the sit­u­a­tion in Gaza un­der Ha­mas rule.

Danon told Guter­res, “Ha­mas con­tin­ues to arm it­self to harm Is­raeli civil­ians and takes ad­van­tage of aid from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity for ter­ror­ism—at the ex­pense of the Strip's res­i­dents. In­stead of se­cur­ing a bet­ter fu­ture for the chil­dren of Gaza, Ha­mas turned them into hostages and in­vests its re­sources in dig­ging mur­der­ous ter­ror tun­nels.”

Fol­low­ing his visit with Is­raeli res­i­dents near Gaza, Guter­res said, “I had the enor­mous plea­sure when talk­ing to the fam­i­lies of the kib­butzim to note that in­stead of what would be nat­u­ral—a feel­ing of anger in re­la­tion to what is an at­tack on civil­ians and a vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian law—I’ve seen from them an ex­tra­or­di­nary mes­sage of peace and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.”

The Is­raelis kept “ask­ing us to help the Pales­tini­ans in Gaza to over­come their tragic hu­man­i­tar­ian prob­lems and be­ing them­selves ready to help and to pro­vide sup­port to the Pales­tinian com­mu­nity in Gaza,” he said.

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