In a passionate address to the United Nations General Assembly, Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, revealed the orchestrator behind the devastating October 7 attack on the Jewish State. Erdan unequivocally pointed fingers at Iran, attributing a grim toll: more than 1,400 lives lost, and 224 individuals held captive.
In his fervent plea, Erdan implored the UNGA not to advocate for a ceasefire, arguing that such a move would inadvertently bolster Hamas, an Iranian proxy group. According to Erdan, this would merely equip Hamas to regroup and unleash further assaults on innocent Israeli civilians. He adamantly stated, “Any call for a ceasefire is not an attempt at peace. It is an attempt to tie Israel’s hands, preventing us from eliminating a huge threat to our citizens.”
Erdan clarified that the conflict in Gaza was not a mere territorial dispute with the Palestinians, but a full-fledged battle against Hamas, an extremist group with genocidal intentions. He emphasized that Israel’s fight was not confined to its borders but extended globally, as they confronted the broader threat of radical Jihadist terror.
Amidst this dire situation, Erdan questioned the international community’s stance, challenging why the focus was not on holding Hamas accountable for their brutal actions. He urged for a resolution rooted in justice and demanded, “If the drafters of this Resolution truly want peace, if they truly want an immediate solution, then why do they not demand this of Hamas?”
Responding to Erdan’s plea, Palestinian Authority Ambassador Riyad Mansour echoed the urgency for a Gaza war ceasefire, emphasizing the need to halt the relentless killing of innocent Palestinians. He questioned the world’s indifference to the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza, urging for justice rather than vengeance.
Mansour passionately recounted the devastating toll of the conflict: 3,000 children and 1,700 women killed, and 70% of the 7,000 casualties being civilians. He decried the destruction, emphasizing that millions of Palestinians were rendered homeless not by fate but by the actions of those represented in the UNGA chamber.
In a searing critique, Mansour challenged the international community’s empathy, questioning the apparent disparity in concern between Israelis and Palestinians. He emphasized, “Nothing can justify the killing of a single Palestinian child,” urging the UNGA to take decisive action to “stop the killing” and pave the way for a just resolution to the conflict.