"Israeli officials railed at UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Tuesday after he appeared to suggest the impetus for the Hamas terror group’s devastating October 7 attack on Israel was the Jewish state’s continued control of Palestinian territories, with the Israeli Ambassador to the UN demanding that he resign.
‘It is important to also recognize the attacks by Hamas did not happen in a vacuum,’ Guterres said at a UN Security Council meeting on the Israel-Hamas war, which erupted when the terror group ravaged Israeli border communities, killing some 1,400 people, the vast majority of them civilians...
Israel was outraged by Guterres’s comments. UN envoy Gilad Erdan called them ‘shocking,’ and demanded that the secretary general resign. Foreign Minister Eli Cohen canceled a meeting with Guterres, and Minister Benny Gantz labeled the UN chief a ‘terror apologist.’
‘The UN Secretary-General, who shows understanding for the campaign of mass murder of children, women, and the elderly, is not fit to lead the UN. I call on him to resign immediately,’ Erdan posted on X. ‘There is no justification or point in talking to those who show compassion for the most terrible atrocities committed against the citizens of Israel and the Jewish people. There are simply no words.’
Erdan said the remarks were ‘horrible,’ and ‘completely disconnected from the reality in our region.’
‘It’s sad that a person with such views is the head of an organization that arose after the Holocaust,’ he said. ’It’s really unfathomable.’
Foreign Minister Cohen, who had traveled to New York to take part in the meetings on the war, posted to X (formerly Twitter) that he was canceling a planned meeting with Guterres. After what happened on October 7, he wrote, ‘there is no place for an even-handed approach. Hamas needs to be wiped off the face of the earth.’
Gantz, who recently joined the government as a member of the narrow war cabinet overseeing the war effort, also had harsh words, posting to X: ‘Dark are the days when the United Nations Secretary-General condones terror.’
‘Absolutely nothing can justify the slaughter of innocent civilians,’ he wrote. ‘Now is the time to stand on the right side of history, or be judged by it. Terror apologists cannot speak on behalf of the world.’..."