“Abbas has led his people down a path of self-destruction and misery,” lamented Israel’s ambassador to the UN on Thursday at the Security Council.
By World Israel News Staff
Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon mounted the plenum at the Security Council on Thursday, taking on both Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the head of far-left Israeli NGO B’Tselem.
Danon issued his comments after B’Tselem Executive Director Hagai El-Ad delivered a damning speech before the Security Council, relying heavily on the anti-Israel apartheid trope and criticizing the IDF, the current government, and the judiciary, among other Israeli institutions and figures.
In response, Danon highlighted the hypocrisy of El-Ad’s hosts at the Security Council, the Palestinian delegation and Bolivia, the latter of which invited El-Ad to speak.
Danon referred to Bolivia’s “terrible human rights record” and remarked to the council, “I challenge you all to find a Palestinian, or a Bolivian, who could dare defame his government at the Security Council. At best, he might be thrown in jail. But he would more likely end up dead.”
The Israeli ambassador spoke in Hebrew directly to El-Ad , excoriating him, “[Y]ou are an Israeli citizen who is serving our enemies. They’re using you against us. The soldiers of the IDF are protecting you and you are here to incriminate them,” reported Times of Israel.
“Shame on you. Shame on you, you lousy collaborator,” Danon added.
‘Better to kill a Jew than keep a job’
Turning his attention to Palestinian leadership, Danon lamented, “Abbas has led his people down a path of self-destruction and misery.”
Danon took aim at the PA education system, which has a well-documented history of glorifying terrorists, such as Dalal Mughrabi, who participated in the massacre of 38 people.
“This is the reason Palestinian schoolchildren learn that it is better to kill a Jew than keep a job,” Danon warned.
Danon condemned Abbas’ other “active measures to radicalize the people of Gaza and prolong their suffering. He is pushing Israel and Hamas toward a war.”
Danon also put the spotlight on the PA’s “infamous ‘pay to slay’ policy” which “remains the crown jewel of Abbas’ incitement campaign.”
“In this year’s budget, Abbas has allocated $355 million dollars toward the pay to slay policy. That’s 7% of the total PA budget,” Danon reminded his fellow diplomats.
“Nearly half of every dollar [the international community] gives to the Palestinian people to build roads and schools is put in the pocket of those who murder Jews,” Danon noted.
“In his 13 years of rule, Abbas has done nothing but inspire this rampant culture of hate. … He preaches tolerance in English and terror in Arabic. … He has led his people down a path of self-destruction and misery, stealing their chance at a good life. He is the obstacle to peace. If you hope to see a better future between Israelis and Palestinians, you will join us in indicting Abbas.”
Danon concluded, “Abbas’ priority is clear. His aim is to incite, so ours must be to indict. If you really want to change the reality for Palestinians and Israelis, you must change the equation. Remove the source of the culture of hate and textbook terrorism. Only when that source is removed will we see a brighter result.”