Bolton is Israel's secret
weapon, says Gillerman
By Calcutta News.Net
News" -- -- After a staunch defence of
Israel on Friday night in the UN General Assembly, John
Bolton, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, has been described by
his Israeli counterpart as, "Israel's secret weapon."
Israeli Ambassador Dan Gillerman praised Bolton at a New
York Jewish assembly, according to a report carried by Arutz
Sheva, an online news network operating in Israel.
U.S. Ambassador John Bolton is Israel's secret weapon in the
international body, Gillerman is quoted as saying.
According to Arutz Sheva, Gillerman told the Jewish assembly
the Israeli delegation to the United Nations is not five
people as most believe, but six, including Bolton, who is
the Israeli government's secret weapon.
Bolton launched a scathing attack on the United Nations on
Friday night following the passing of a resolution which
expressed regret at the killing of 19 Palestinian civilians
by the Israeli military last week at Beit Hanoun, and called
for a fact-finding mission to investigate the incident.
"Many of the sponsors of that resolution are notorious
abusers of human rights themselves, and were seeking to
deflect criticism of their own policies," he told the UN
"This type of resolution serves only to exacerbate tensions
by serving the interests of elements hostile to Israel's
inalienable and recognized right to exist," he added.
"This deepens suspicions about the United Nations that will
lead many to conclude that the organization is incapable of
playing a helpful role in the region," Bolton continued.
"In a larger sense, the United Nations must confront a more
significant question, that of its relevance and utility in
confronting the challenges of the 21st century. We believe
that the United Nations is ill served when its members seek
to transform the organization into a forum that is a little
more than a self-serving and a polemical attack against
Israel or the United States," he said.
"The Human Rights Council has quickly fallen into the same
trap and de-legitimized itself by focusing attention
exclusively on Israel. Meanwhile, it has failed to address
real human rights abuses in Burma, Darfur, the DPRK, and
other countries," Bolton added.
"The problem of anti-Israel bias is not unique to the Human
Rights Council. It is endemic to the culture of the United
Nations. It is a decades-old, systematic problem that
transcends the whole panoply of the UN organizations and
agencies," he continued.
Gillerman was just as furious as Bolton. He stormed out of
the meeting after telling members if they voted for the
resolution, "you will be an accomplice to terror. The blood
of more innocents will be on your hands."
156 countries voted for the resolution, while seven
countries opposed it (Australia, United States, Israel, the
Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru and Palau. 6 nations
All of Europe, including Britain voted for the resolution.
Any probe by the UN into the events of Beit Hanoun will
require the co-operation of Israel, which may not be
forthcoming, according to a statement by Gillerman Saturday
night. "I don't think we should cooperate with the committee
and my recommendation to the prime minister and the foreign
minister is to ignore it," he said.