I would like to congratulate Uruguay for becoming a member of the Security
Council, and for a successful month as Security Council president. This is no
easy task, and you have performed it well.
we begin this new year with a new Security Council, please allow me to take
this opportunity to congratulate the new members. On behalf of the state of
Israel, I wish you much success.
challenges facing this new Council are vast and complex. The international
community looks to this room, to this Council to confront the new and
unprecedented threats to global order and stability. The lives and future of
millions of people are at stake in this confrontation with the forces of anarchy
is this more true than in the region I come from.
it is the crisis of failed states, the
rise of radical terror groups, the Middle East is ground zero in the battle for
the triumph of the civilized world.
a small nation located in the heart of the Middle East, Israel is on the front
Israelis, when my people, look around them, they see the brutal civil war in
Syria, and ISIS in the Golan Heights and on the border with Egypt. They see
Hezbollah strengthening its position to the north, and Hamas turning Gaza into a
staging grounds of terror.
does not hide its intention to prepare for the next round of conflict, and
continues to build up its terror infrastructure- above ground and below.
officials boast of rocket factories operating day and night. They are upgrading
their arsenal with longer range missiles.
is also rebuilding its network of terror tunnels. These tunnels are an
underground expressway of terror, leading straight into the heart of Israeli
towns and cities.
security forces only recently uncovered Hamas terror cells, which were planning
to commit a wave of shootings, kidnappings, and suicide bombings.
as Hamas plans attacks against Israeli citizens, and despite the constant
threat of rocket attacks, Israel is taking steps to improve the well-being of
the people in Gaza.
the past year alone, we have invested millions of dollars to triple the
capacity of the Gaza crossing, allowing a thousand trucks filled with building
material and goods to enter the Gaza strip every day.
as we all know, Hamas shamefully seizes supplies intended to help the people of
Gaza, in order to rebuild its terror infrastructure.
all of us face reality. The greatest opponent of the well-being of the people
of Gaza is Hamas.
Israelis live under the shadow of threat from Hamas in the south, they also see
the dark cloud of Hezbollah in the North.
terror group is committed to the destruction of Israel, and grows stronger and
more sophisticated every day.
we speak, Hezbollah has over one hundred thousand rockets ready to be fired at
Israeli cities. Hezbollah also has long-range missiles that can target any place
in Israel, and has obtained advanced strategic weapons systems.
actions demonstrate their disregard for human life.
has embedded most of its military infrastructure in the villages of south
Lebanon, storing weapons in private homes and stationing missiles next to kindergartens.
for example, the village of Muhaybib in South Lebanon. It is a small town in
South Lebanon. In this small town, Hezbollah has nine arms storage sites, five rocket-launching
sites, four infantry positions, three underground tunnels three antitank
positions, and a command post in the center of the village.
five military sites in a town with only ninety houses.
the larger village of Shaqra with a population of about four thousand people the
IDF has identified four hundred military sites.
has transformed these villages into terror outposts.
is the true face of Hezbollah – a brutal organization which deliberately
targets Israeli civilians, and uses Lebanese civilians as human shields.
is the definition of a double war crime.
has repeatedly warned this Council about the threat of Hezbollah, and called
for action. Let me say it clearly, once again: Hezbollah is preparing for another
round of fighting.
must be disarmed, and the government of Lebanon must fully abide by its
international commitments, and fully implement Security Council Resolution
Make no mistake. Israel has the means to defend
itself. We will take all necessary measures to protect our people.
The link between the threat of Hamas and
the danger of Hezbollah is the
Islamic Republic of Iran.
there is terror, there is Iran.
is the primary destabilizing factor in the Middle East, funding instability and
chaos throughout the region.
also has a proven track record of defying this Council’s resolutions.
it comes to Iran, the challenge for the Council at this critical time is to be vigilant
and to be brave.
- to monitor all of Iran’s actions, and brave - to respond forcefully to each
and every violation.
Israel, there is no greater challenge than the challenge of peace.
road to peace is long and difficult but Israel is committed to make every
difficult journey begins with a single step.
down and talking is the first step to peace, but the Palestinians refuse to
come to the table.
does Israel want? Simple. We want peace
with security. That is the only peace that will last.
demand concessions without negotiations.
want to be rewarded for their unilateral actions.
Rewarding the Palestinian Authority will only push
the Palestinians further from the negotiating table.
Minister Netanyahu had called on President Abbas and the Palestinian Authority
to resume negotiations, but they continue to refuse.
when the PA leadership is not negotiating, it is inciting.
after another brutal attack against Israelis, Jibril Rajoub, Deputy Secretary
of the Fatah Central Committee, declared:
I quote, “Whoever carried out individual acts of heroism, we in the Fatah
movement bless and encourage them. We consider them heroes and a crown on the
head of every Palestinian.” Unquote.
are these “heroes”? They are the Palestinian who stabs a young woman walking
down the street, and who runs over an old man with a car. These are their
of working to improve the lives of the Palestinians, the PA encourages terror
by providing stipends for terrorists and their families. The more horrific the
attack, the higher the reward.
payments can be up to three thousand five hundred dollars per month.
in a place where the average salary is just over six hundred dollars.
terrorists have admitted to committing heinous acts of terror in order to
qualify for a lifetime stipend “awarded” only to those who spent at least five
years in Israeli Prison.
the Palestinians terror pays and it is their leadership that rewards
the taking of innocent life with dollars and cents.
toys are used as tools to poison children’s minds and inflame their hearts.
Israel recently stopped a shipment of thousands of dolls dressed as terrorists,
with stones in hand, destined for children in the West Bank. The ‘educational purpose’ of these terror dolls
is clear- to serve as role models for young Palestinians.
incitement is at the root of the wave of terror Israel is facing.
challenge for this Council is to ask the difficult questions-
does the Palestinian Authority refuse to condemn acts of terror against
do they refuse to sit down to negotiate?
importantly, what do the Palestinians really want?
you believe that the answer is peace.
on them to condemn terror attacks
that they stop incitement
giving them incentives to avoid a real dialogue
insist that they return to the negotiating table.
greatest challenge facing the world today is the plague of international
terrorism and violent extremism.
Paris to Jakarta, and from the Sinai to San Bernardino, the peace and security
of the civilized world is under threat.
Every day, the cruel hand of terrorism strikes somewhere in the world, killing more
innocents, destroying more families, and undermining more communities.
this new Council assumes the grave responsibility for maintaining global peace
and security, it must present a united front against terror.
this spirit, the Council adopted Resolution 2249 in the aftermath of the terror
attacks in Paris.
resolution declares, and I quote:
acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their
motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed”
repeat, “whenever and by whomsoever committed”
the international community has made one, only one exception.
There is one
place in the world that this absolute ban on terrorism can be ignored.
again, the state of Israel is singled out, and treated differently from all
other nations in the world.
the past four months, Israelis have been stabbed in their homes, shot at in the
streets, and run over by terrorists using cars as weapons. Over the course of this wave of violence, thirty
people have been killed, and hundreds have been injured.
this period of time, the Council has adopted twelve resolutions, twelve,
against terrorism, and condemned terrorist attacks in France, Sinai, Lebanon,
Mali, Tunisia, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Somalia, and Sudan.
Not once were the lives of Israelis murdered by terrorists recognized by this
condemnation, no expression of solidarity, not even a statement of concern.
facts don’t lie.
Security Council has been hypocritical when it comes to Israel.
would like to take a moment to tell you about one of the many Israeli victims
whom this Council has not seen fit to even mention.
Daphna Meir was a thirty-eight year old Israeli
woman murdered by a Palestinian terrorist.
Let me tell you a little about the kind of person
She was a dedicated mother of six children;
including two brothers aged four and six that she and her husband adopted.
na was a nurse in Soroka hospital in Beer Sheva
where she treated Jewish and Arab patients.
A few days before the horrific attack, Dafna
composed a prayer asking god to give her strength to help people. Let me read a
few words to you:
"May it be Your Will to grant me the ability to
give medications to Your people and to the members of other nations who are in
the devoted care of your faithful messengers who continue their holy work day
Last week, a terrorist attacked Dafna with a knife
at the entrance to her home. In order to protect her children inside, Dafna
heroically fought the terrorist until he fled.
Tragically, Dafna Meir died of the knife wounds, in
front of the children she fought to protect.
The Council’s decision to ignore the murder of Dafna
Meir, and the other Israeli victims of terror is no simple oversight.
It is the direct result of allowing cynical
political considerations by some to take priority over the lives of
challenge for this Council is to chart a new course.
more business as usual when it comes to terror against Israelis.
fear is the same fear; the pain is the same pain. The response must be the same
is terror is terror.
If we wish to succeed in these immense challenges,
we must stop the hypocrisy, and stop the double standards.
This Council must condemn Palestinian incitement
against Israelis. These words of incitement lead directly to bloodshed, and the
death of innocent people.
must take a firm stand against all acts of cruelty and terror, without asking
where they took place, or who the victims are.
is a challenging and critical year for the Council, for the region, and for
terrorists seek to undermine our values, and to dictate how we live our lives.
These extremists stand
against everything we believe in, but if we stand together, they will fail.
For the future of the region, and the future of the
free world, we must join together to defeat the forces of evil and intolerance.
Thank you Mr. President