Netanyahu asks UN chief: How would S. Korea respond to rocket attack from North Korea?


Israeli sources say UN head Ban Ki-moon, & Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a “heated” argument during their meeting on Tuesday
• Netanyahu: Jerusalem will highlight the fact that Hamas is not being adequately investigated by the UN.

By Shlomo Cesana


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a tense meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday, protesting that the U.N. Human Rights Council is biased against Israel and defends Hamas, making the inquiry into Operation Protective Edge unfair to Israel.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet on Tuesday – Photo: AFP

Israeli sources said Ban and Netanyahu had a “heated” argument during the meeting.

Netanyahu asked that Ban not to let the United Nations support terrorist organizations, like Hamas.

Ban and his staff told the Israeli team that retaliation in war must be proportionate, while Netanyahu reminded Ban of Hamas’ war crimes.

One diplomatic official present at the meeting said Netanyahu asked Ban, formerly Korea’s foreign minister, how he would have reacted if North Korea had fired rockets at South Korea.

Netanyahu said Israel would fight the fact that Hamas is not being adequately investigated for using U.N. schools to launch explosives.

He further pointed out that with “200,000 civilians slaughtered in Syria, the U.N. focuses disproportionately on Israel,” holding it to a different standard.

Also at the meeting were Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Ron Prosor, and Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mandelblit, who was until 2011 was the chief military advocate-general of the Israel Defense Forces and is an expert in the laws of war.

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