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June 24, 2014 12:08 pm

The Scorpions at the UN

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United Nations in Geneva. Photo: WikiCommons.

United Nations in Geneva. Photo: WikiCommons.

The mother of 16-year-old Naftali Frenkel — one of three “ŽIsraeli teens abducted nearly two weeks ago by Hamas terrorists — addressed the U.N. “ŽHuman Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday.

Rachel Frenkel, who holds dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship, was invited to make an appeal on “Žbehalf of her son (as well as 16-year-old Gil-ad Shaer and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach) by “ŽU.N. Watch executive director Hillel Neuer. Neuer gave Frenkel his slot in Tuesday’s “Ž”Ž”debate” on Israeli aggression against Palestinians.”Ž

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“Ž”We think the world needs to hear her voice,” Neuer told The Jerusalem Post on Monday. “Ž”Ž”It is a chance for [a] mother of [one of] the kidnapped boys to speak to the world and to “Žask them to do whatever they can. … This heinous act violates international “Žhumanitarian law, which prohibits targeting civilians and the taking of hostages.” “Ž

As much as Neuer is to be lauded for his amazing and thankless job in general and for his “Žsummoning of Frenkel in particular, we frogs should not get our hopes up about receiving any “Žassistance from the scorpions at the U.N. They don’t even bother pretending that they will “Žgive the Jewish state a fair shake before dealing it a lethal sting. “Ž

Indeed, since the June 12 abduction of the Israeli teenagers, the U.N. has been focusing “Žsolely on the response of the Israeli government to the kidnapping.”Ž

Considering that time is of the essence when searching for captives — who might be “Žwounded or undergoing torture — the behavior of the Israel Defense Forces and the public “Žat large has been exemplary, if not mild. This is particularly the case since Operation “ŽBrother’s Keeper has uncovered an extensive network of tunnels and explosives labs “Žthroughout the West Bank.”Ž

Yet in a phone call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday evening, U.N. “ŽSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed “concern” about the restrictions on movement “Žand mass arrests of Palestinians.”Ž

It is safe to assume that Netanyahu did not slam down the receiver or tell Ban “Žwhere to stick his “concern,” and instead explained that the only way to locate the boys is “Žthrough house searches and interrogations. But to no avail. “Ž

U.N. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry also put his “Žtwo cents in about what he and others are now calling “collective punishment” against “Žinnocent Palestinians. Israel, he said, should “seek to minimize the impact of security “Žoperations on individuals who have committed no offense and investigate allegations of “Žexcessive use of force, including the killing of civilians.” “Ž

Of the continued killings of Israeli civilians he had nothing to say. You know, such as the “Žcold-blooded murder on April 14 of Israel Police Commander Baruch Mizrahi, “Žwho was on his way to a Passover seder, by Hamas operative Ziad Awad and his son. “ŽAwad was one of the terrorists released from prison in October 2011 as part of the “Žswap to secure the return of Israeli soldier and Hamas captive Gilad Schalit. Awad had “Žbeen serving a life sentence for the slaughter of fellow Palestinians suspected of “Žcollaborating with Israel.”Ž

And while on the subject of Serry’s “two cents,” the U.N. envoy is being accused by “ŽForeign Minister Avigdor Lieberman of trying to funnel a much larger sum, $20 million, “Žto Hamas in Gaza via Qatar. Serry is outraged at the mere suggestion that he was using “Žback channels to help Hamas pay the salaries of its government employees. He claims that “Žhe asked Israel’s permission to do this and was refused. Even if his version is true, it “Žmeans that he was willing and anxious to aid a terrorist organization. “Ž

But it is U.N. Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman who really “Žgave chutzpah a bad name this week. Yes, leave it to a Jew — one who was catapulted “Žinto this position in the middle of his job as U.S. assistant secretary of state for Near “ŽEastern affairs — to play the “balance” card where the abduction of three young boys and “Žthe reaction to it are concerned.”Ž

On Monday, Feltman briefed the U.N. Security Council on the “highly volatile situation on “Žthe ground” in Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Gaza. Pointing to the search operation “Žunderway in the PA, involving an estimated 928 arrests, he went on to list other issues, “Žsuch as Israeli settlement construction, the hunger strike staged by Palestinian detainees “Žsince April 24 and Israel’s military response to missile fire from Gaza.”Ž

“All these issues … can only be addressed if the parties act responsibly and with “Žrestraint,” he told the council — which, by the way, had failed on Friday to agree on the “Žwording of a statement deploring Palestinian casualties incurred after the Israeli boys “Žwent missing. “Only then can any renewed attempt by the parties to find their way back “Žto meaningful negotiations and to address the much-lacking political horizon in order to “Žavert further escalation.””Ž

His convoluted conclusion was that “this is a time for renewed impetus and political will “Žto end the conflict and the occupation that has already scarred the lives of far too many “ŽIsraelis and Palestinians for far too long.””Ž

Rachel Frenkel is not in Geneva to persuade the international community that it is “ŽPalestinian terrorism, not the “occupation,” that is responsible for the loss of so many “Žlives. Her goal is to do anything she can to free Naftali, Gil-ad and Eyal from their “Žcaptors.”Ž

The U.N. scorpions are too busy condemning Israel and legitimizing terrorists to be of any “Žuse, however. For salvation, she and the rest of us who care about the kidnapped boys “Žcan only rely on the IDF.”Ž

Ruthie Blum is the author of “To Hell in a Handbasket: Carter, Obama, and the ‘Arab “ŽSpring.'””Ž This article was originally published by Israel Hayom.

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