Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, offered a strong reply to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ remarks concerning the crimes perpetrated by Hamas.
Erdan emphasized, “The Secretary-General’s statement underscores the unfortunate reality that, in the case of Israeli women, instances of sexual violence validated by state authorities are still subject to ‘investigation.’ He seems to cast doubt on established facts, opting to wait 55 days before summoning an unidentified party for an ‘investigation.’ There’s a glaring refusal to acknowledge that Hamas is responsible for these crimes,” Erdan asserted.
He continued, noting that the Secretary-General’s comments were an attempt to pacify the justified global discontent over his and the UN’s silence. Erdan accused the Secretary-General of overlooking Hamas’s egregious crimes while swiftly accepting the claims of Hamas and the ‘Gaza Ministry of Health’ against Israel regarding the humanitarian situation in Gaza, without deeming them in need of ‘investigation.’
Looking ahead, Erdan announced an upcoming significant event at the UN where they will present evidence confirming Hamas’s involvement in sexual crimes. He extended an invitation for the Secretary-General to attend, urging him to unambiguously condemn Hamas for these shocking crimes and take steps to initiate an investigation against the group.
After nearly two months following the October 7 Hamas massacre, Guterres finally acknowledged the group’s commission of sexual violence during the attack.
Guterres stated on X, “There are numerous accounts of sexual violence during the abhorrent acts of terror by Hamas on 7 October that must be vigorously investigated and prosecuted.” He added, “Gender-based violence must be condemned. Anytime. Anywhere.”
Israel has voiced dissatisfaction with UN Women for its failure to condemn the rape and murder of Israeli women by Hamas terrorists during the October 7 attack. The Israel Police, through survivor testimony and the interrogation of captured terrorists, discovered that those responsible for the October 7 attack committed mass rape against their victims.
Israel’s First Lady, Michal Herzog, expressed outrage and a sense of betrayal in a recent opinion piece in Newsweek. The piece highlighted the international community’s failure to condemn the use of gender-based violence by Hamas.
Guterres sparked controversy when he suggested that Hamas’ attack on Israel “did not happen in a vacuum” and seemed to place blame on Israel for the assault.