Israel’s ambassador Danny Danon called on the envoys to join the initiative at the U.N. Security Council to declare Hamas a terrorist organization.
United Nations ambassadors from around the world visited the site of a Hamas terror tunnel from Gaza and then viewed an Iron Dome air defense battery in southern Israel on Thursday, according to a statement released by Israel’s Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon.
The delegation was said to include ambassadors from Guatemala, Paraguay, Poland, Ethiopia, Romania, Ukraine, Estonia, the Czech Republic, and other countries.
“The rocket fire from Gaza is part of the widespread terror network Iran wages against Israel in the Middle East. The regime in Tehran has many terrorist proxies, one of which is Hamas in Gaza. Hamas receives clear instructions on how and when to shoot at civilians in Israel,” Ambassador Danon said.
“Israel will defend itself against any attack on its people and against any threat. We will prevent Iran’s aggression, which not only threatens Israel, but our neighbors and the entire world,” he added.
Danon called on the ambassadors to join Israel’s initiative at the U.N. Security Council to declare Hamas a terrorist organization.
“The tunnel you see is intended for bringing terrorists into Israeli communities as part of Hamas’ terrorist campaign to murder civilians and kidnap women and children into Gaza. This image should reveal to you Hamas’ true intentions, and translate into action in New York. Declaring Hamas as a terrorist organization will add to regional stability and weaken Iran’s aggression,” said the Israeli ambassador.
Ambassador Jean-Claude Felix do Rego, of the African country Benin, was quoted in the Israeli statement as saying “it was very important for the delegation to come on-site and to see first hand the tunnel. It’s a source of reflection for all of us to see the amount of energy and finance involved in such work.”
He commended the IDF for “the work they are doing because, after all, we are working here for peace and the safety of the population.”
Ambassador Marie Chatardová from the Czech Republic said: “This material [to build the tunnels] could be used for peaceful reasons and it would be much better to have [a] hospital, schools, and something for the civilians.”