Danon to UN: I hope the change in leadership will lead to a cessation of the hostile attitude towards Israel.

Danon congratulates Guterress, calls on Sec. Gen. elect to end UN hostility towards Israel; Calls for UN representative to work to combat anti-Semitism and for return of IDF soldier Golin Shaul


Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, welcomed the United Nations recently appointed Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, calling on the recently elected head of the United Nations to “end its obsession with Israel”.

Guterres, who currently serves as High Commissioner for Refugees is set to replace Ban Ki-moon, the 193 members of the General Assembly to officially approve his appointment sometime next week.

Danon congratulated Guterres, mirroring Prime Minister Netanyahu’s recent United Nations General Assembly address in which he called on the United Nations to change its anti-Israel stance. He also called on the United Nations to tackle the issue of global anti-Semitism, as well as place diplomatic pressure on Hamas to return the bodies of IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul. Hamas has held their remains since Operation Protective Edge from the summer of 2014.

Danon stated that “The State of Israel hopes and expects that the UN under your leadership will act in the spirit of its founding principles as a fair body able to differentiate between good and evil, and will end its obsession with Israel. I hope the change in leadership will lead to a cessation of the hostile attitude towards Israel.” He added that “We hope to promote the initiative to appoint a special UN representative to deal with the issue of the struggle against worldwide anti-Semitism and we expect the UN to take responsibility for the return of the bodies of IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul from Hamas captivity.”

During Prime Minister Netanyahu’s General Assembly address, he called for the United Nations to end its hostility towards the State of Israel. He called for the UN to “Lay down your arms. The war against Israel at the UN is over. Perhaps some of you don’t know it yet, but I am confident that one day in the not too distant future you will also get the message from your president or from your prime minister informing you that the war against Israel at the United Nations has ended…We will not accept any attempt by the UN to dictate terms to Israel. The road to peace runs through Jerusalem and Ramallah, not through New York.”