19 May 2021
I want to thank those countries
that have supported us since the start of the
rocket fire by Hamas and backed our right to defend
I want to thank the
US on their uncompromising support and their
support in the UN, including in conversations with
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
want to thank our friends in Europe for
their support and show of
And a thank you to all
the ambassadors who are joining by Zoom, for all
your work with the governments of the countries that you are
This time it is different!
Hamas instigated the current escalation in
an attempt to seize control of the Palestinian
agenda, and to weaken and replace the Palestinian
A strong Hamas poses a threat to
regional stability. Hamas chose to carry out
terrorist attacks and fired at Israeli citizens in
Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the south of the
You and your family members
experienced the violent reality of Hamas for
Israeli citizens when you also had to go into
I send my
condolences to the people of India and
Thailand for your citizens killed by Hamas
No country would allow the
firing of thousands of rockets on its population and they
would act in a similar way to protect its
The actions of Hamas at
this time should cause the entire international
community to change its behavior in relation to
Strengthening Hamas as opposed
to the PA goes against Palestinian
interests and those of the international
It also destroys any future
solution to the conflict and harms the PA.
are monitoring the humanitarian situation
and are in constant contact with aid
organizations. We are aware of the
difficulties and are attempting to bring in
Yesterday, as we were
transferring trucks of fuel and aid, Hamas fired
on the trucks as they were crossing into
In the past week, I have spoken with
dozens of foreign ministers, and I am convinced
that there is strong international support
and understanding for Israel’s need to fight Hamas
We expect that countries who value
stability and peace in the Middle East
- Explicitly condemn Hamas
for firing rockets.
- Express support for
Israel‘s right to protect its
- Make clear that the responsibility
for the escalation is on
- Designate Hamas as a terror
It is in all of
our interests to condemn Hamas’ terrorism and
express support for Israel’s measures to protect its
This prevents the strengthening of a
radical terrorist organization at the expense of
pragmatic and moderate actors.
Strengthening Hamas as
opposed to the PA goes against Palestinian interests and
those of the international community.
Palestinians are trying to move the conflict to the
international arena and to UN bodies. We oppose
these initiatives, which will only contribute to
inflame the situation and boost Hamas.
need to end this outrageous comparison of the
terrorists of Hamas and the democracy of
Israel opposes holding the
expected discussion at the General Assembly.
However, since it will happen anyway, I ask that the
statements of your countries in the
A. A clear
condemnation of the rocket fire by Hamas on
the Israeli civilian population
Recognition of Israel’s right to protect its
that Hamas is responsible for the
In the event that a resolution is formed
at the Assembly, I ask that your countries vote
against such a resolution.
I understand that
the Palestinians are working to convene a special session of
the UN Human Rights Council.
a body with a clear anti-Israel agenda.
This will not contribute to calming the
situation, but will reward Hamas.
I ask that the member states of the Council strongly