Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made no mention of Hamas during a Security Council debate Thursday on protecting children in war zones. But he said he is “deeply alarmed at the suffering of so many children as a result of Israeli military operations in Gaza last year.”
He called on Israel to review “existing policies and practices” and respect the “special protections” given to schools and hospitals.
Netanyahu called it a “black day for the U.N.” and says there is no limit to the organization’s hypocrisy.
He said that Ban is granting Hamas immunity and stressed that the Hamas fighters use human shields by firing rockets at Israel from such civilian areas as schools, hospitals, and mosques.
Netanyahu said, “Instead of mentioning the fact that Hamas turned Gaza’s children into hostages when it fired from kindergartens on the children of Israel, the UN chooses again to preach to Israel, which makes sure to act according to international standards, as determined by just this week by senior generals from the United States and Europe.”
“At the same time,” Netanyahu continued, “the Hamas terrorist organization receives immunity from the UN despite the fact that it has been proven beyond doubt that it committed war crimes when it fired from hospitals, mosques, and UN facilities. It turns out that there is no limit to the hypocrisy.”
Ban had earlier said that last year “was one of the worst in recent memory for children in countries affected by conflict” and added he is “deeply alarmed at the suffering of so many children as a result of Israeli military operations in Gaza last year.”
Netanyahu’s comments followed earlier criticism from Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), who said the UN was showing “outrageous bias” against Israel.
“At a time when ceaseless war rages in the Middle East and children are slaughtered on a daily basis, the UN decides to mention Israel in the same breath with states that since long ago have not had any basic human rights,” she said.