The UN Security Council will meet for an emergency meeting today after Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad fired barrages of rockets from Gaza at population centers in Israel.
United Nations Security Council. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons
The UN Security Council will convene for an emergency meeting today following the multiple mortars fired yesterday at Israel from Gaza by Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon is expected to address the council and demand it recognizes Hamas as a terrorist organization.
“The fact that the Security Council is holding a discussion on Hamas attacks against Israeli citizens is a positive step, but the Council members must take difficult actions and not settle for words,” Danon said ahead of today’s meeting. “I call on the Council to officially recognize Hamas as a terrorist organization. It is time to fight the Palestinian terror leadership just as they did with the leadership of Al Qaeda and ISIS.”
The Palestinian factions were condemned for firing barrages of rockets at population centers in Israel. The EU’s ambassador to Israel Emanuele Giaufret said yesterday that “as the children prepared for school this morning, a barrage of rockets landed on southern Israel and one landed outside a kindergarten. I am aware of the resilience of the communities in the south of the country but indiscriminate attacks are totally unacceptable.”
The French embassy in Tel Aviv also joined the condemnation and announced that “France absolutely condemns shooting at a civilian population that, luckily, has not claimed victims.”
“France reiterates its commitment to the security of Israel,” the announcement stated. “France condemns the resumption of violence that is incompatible with a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Renewing a credible political process requires all sides to give up the use of violence.”