UN calls for two-state solution; releases report accusing Israel of women’s rights violations

Ki-moon congratulates PM Netanyahu, calls for two-state solution; UN reports accuses Israel of women’s rights abuses; Israeli envoy to UN responds to “demonization of Israel”

Israel's delegation to the United Nations (AFP)

Israel’s delegation to the United Nations (AFP)

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Prime Minister Netanyahu to renew his commitment to a two-state solution. Ki-moon reportedly called Prime Minister Netanyahu to congratulate on his party’s victory in elections this week.

A spokesman for the Secretary-General stated, “The Secretary-General reiterated his view that the two-state solution was the only way forward and urged the prime minister to renew Israel’s commitment to that goal… The secretary-general also urged the prime minister to release the tax revenue currently held by Israel but owed to the Palestinian Authority.” in reference to Israel’s freezing of tax revenue following the Palestinian Authority’s moves to attempt to receive statehood recognition through the UN Security Council then followed by their singing of the Roman Statute to join the International Criminal Court. The Palestinians continue to accuse Israel of war crimes and human rights abuses during this past summer’s Operation Protective Edge.

And Israel took yet another hit from the United Nation’s through the Commission on the Status of Women report. The report accuses Israel of “infringement of women’s rights”. According to the “Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women” document, “Palestinian women and girls still face significant obstacles in accessing basic services, health care, psychosocial support, water and sanitation, justice institutions and economic opportunities.”

Israel’s envoy Roy Prosor addressed the report before its release giving a speech in which he addressed the allegations. He stated that “I am proud to say that when it comes to women’s rights, Israel is leading by example. We understand that empowered women are the foundation of thriving societies. Our 1948 Declaration of Independence – which incidentally, was signed by two women – promises equality to all our citizens. In recent years, Israel welcomed its first female Major General, elected a female chairman to our federal bank, and earlier this year, Miriam Naor was appointed President of Israel’s Supreme Court – the second woman to earn this distinction…”

He stated on the “demonization of Israel” in the United Nations, “”If anyone had any doubt that there was demonization of Israel at the United Nations, here is the entire truth