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December 2, 2014 8:10 am

Ron Prosor’s Amazing, Stirring Speech at the United Nations

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Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Ron Prosor. Photo: UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

I have just read Ambassador Ron Prosor’s tour de force address to the United Nations a couple of days ago. It is one of the most exemplary speeches I have ever read. It not only eruditely reiterates the Jewish case, but forthrightly exposes the cynicism and double standards of the international community in relation to Israel. It is a speech that is unlikely to persuade our shameless adversaries to change their policies, but it should give great pride to every Jew.

I am substituting it for my regular column and would urge you to read / listen to it, distribute it and retain it for future reference.

Ambassador Prosor, to my mind, is the best Ambassador Israel has had at the United Nations. It is regrettable that his term is coming to a close.

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Mr. President,

I stand before the world as a proud representative of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. I stand tall before you knowing that truth and morality are on my side. And yet, I stand here knowing that today in this Assembly, truth will be turned on its head and morality cast aside.

The fact of the matter is that when members of the international community speak about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a fog descends to cloud all logic and moral clarity. The result isn’t realpolitik, its surrealpolitik.

The world’s unrelenting focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an injustice to tens of millions of victims of tyranny and terrorism in the Middle East. As we speak, Yazidis, Bahai, Kurds, Christians and Muslims are being executed and expelled by radical extremists at a rate of 1,000 people per month.

How many resolutions did you pass last week to address this crisis? And how many special sessions did you call for? The answer is zero. What does this say about international concern for human life? Not much, but it speaks volumes about the hypocrisy of the international community.

I stand before you to speak the truth. Of the 300 million Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, less than half a percent are truly free – and they are all citizens of Israel.

Israeli Arabs are some of the most educated Arabs in the world. They are our leading physicians and surgeons, they are elected to our parliament, and they serve as judges on our Supreme Court. Millions of men and women in the Middle East would welcome these opportunities and freedoms.

Nonetheless, nation after nation, will stand at this podium today and criticize Israel – the small island of democracy in a region plagued by tyranny and oppression.

Mr. President,

Our conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state. It has always been about the existence of the Jewish state.

Sixty seven years ago this week, on November 29, 1947, the United Nations voted to partition the land into a Jewish state and an Arab state. Simple. The Jews said yes. The Arabs said no. But they didn’t just say no. Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon launched a war of annihilation against our newborn state.

This is the historical truth that the Arabs are trying to distort. The Arabs’ historic mistake continues to be felt – in lives lost in war, lives lost to terrorism, and lives scarred by the Arab’s narrow political interests.

According to the United Nations, about 700,000 Palestinians were displaced in the war initiated by the Arabs themselves. At the same time, some 850,000 Jews were forced to flee from Arab countries.

Why is it, that 67 years later, the displacement of the Jews has been completely forgotten by this institution while the displacement of the Palestinians is the subject of an annual debate?

The difference is that Israel did its utmost to integrate the Jewish refugees into society. The Arabs did just the opposite.

The worst oppression of the Palestinian people takes place in Arab nations. In most of the Arab world, Palestinians are denied citizenship and are aggressively discriminated against. They are barred from owning land and prevented from entering certain professions.

And yet none – not one – of these crimes are mentioned in the resolutions before you.

If you were truly concerned about the plight of the Palestinian people there would be one, just one, resolution to address the thousands of Palestinians killed in Syria. And if you were so truly concerned about the Palestinians there would be at least one resolution to denounce the treatment of Palestinians in Lebanese refugee camps.

But there isn’t. The reason is that today’s debate is not about speaking for peace or speaking for the Palestinian people – it is about speaking against Israel. It is nothing but a hate and bashing festival against Israel.

Mr. President,

The European nations claim to stand for Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité – freedom, equality, and brotherhood – but nothing could be farther from the truth.

I often hear European leaders proclaim that Israel has the right to exist in secure borders. That’s very nice. But I have to say – it makes about as much sense as me standing here and proclaiming Sweden’s right to exist in secure borders.

When it comes to matters of security, Israel learned the hard way that we cannot rely on others – certainly not Europe.

In 1973, on Yom Kippur – the holiest day on the Jewish calendar – the surrounding Arab nations launched an attack against Israel. In the hours before the war began, Golda Meir, our Prime Minister then, made the difficult decision not to launch a preemptive strike. The Israeli Government understood that if we launched a preemptive strike, we would lose the support of the international community.

As the Arab armies advanced on every front, the situation in Israel grew dire. Our casualty count was growing and we were running dangerously low on weapons and ammunition. In this, our hour of need, President Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, agreed to send Galaxy planes loaded with tanks and ammunition to resupply our troops. The only problem was that the Galaxy planes needed to refuel on route to Israel.

The Arab States were closing in and our very existence was threatened – and yet, Europe was not even willing to let the planes refuel. The U.S. stepped in once again and negotiated that the planes be allowed to refuel in the Azores.

The government and people of Israel will never forget that when our very existence was at stake, only one country came to our aid – the United States of America.

Israel is tired of hollow promises from European leaders. The Jewish people have a long memory. We will never ever forget that you failed us in the 1940s. You failed us in 1973. And you are failing us again today.

Every European parliament that voted to prematurely and unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state is giving the Palestinians exactly what they want – statehood without peace. By handing them a state on a silver platter, you are rewarding unilateral actions and taking away any incentive for the Palestinians to negotiate or compromise or renounce violence. You are sending the message that the Palestinian Authority can sit in a government with terrorists and incite violence against Israel without paying any price.

The first E.U. member to officially recognize a Palestinian state was Sweden. One has to wonder why the Swedish Government was so anxious to take this step. When it comes to other conflicts in our region, the Swedish Government calls for direct negotiations between the parties – but for the Palestinians, surprise, surprise, they roll out the red carpet.

State Secretary Söder may think she is here to celebrate her government’s so-called historic recognition, when in reality it’s nothing more than an historic mistake.

The Swedish Government may host the Nobel Prize ceremony, but there is nothing noble about their cynical political campaign to appease the Arabs in order to get a seat on the Security Council. Nations on the Security Council should have sense, sensitivity, and sensibility. Well, the Swedish Government has shown no sense, no sensitivity and no sensibility. Just nonsense.

Israel learned the hard way that listening to the international community can bring about devastating consequences. In 2005, we unilaterally dismantled every settlement and removed every citizen from the Gaza Strip. Did this bring us any closer to peace? Not at all. It paved the way for Iran to send its terrorist proxies to establish a terror stronghold on our doorstep.

I can assure you that we won’t make the same mistake again. When it comes to our security, we cannot and will not rely on others – Israel must be able to defend itself by itself.

Mr. President,

The State of Israel is the land of our forefathers – Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is the land where Moses led the Jewish people, where David built his palace, where Solomon built the Jewish Temple, and where Isaiah saw a vision of eternal peace.

For thousands of years, Jews have lived continuously in the land of Israel. We endured through the rise and fall of the Assyrian, Babylonian, Greek and Roman Empires. And we endured through thousands of years of persecution, expulsions and crusades. The bond between the Jewish people and the Jewish land is unbreakable.

Nothing can change one simple truth – Israel is our home and Jerusalem is our eternal capital.

At the same time, we recognize that Jerusalem has special meaning for other faiths. Under Israeli sovereignty, all people – and I will repeat that, all people – regardless of religion and nationality can visit the city’s holy sites. And we intend to keep it this way. The only ones trying to change the status quo on the Temple Mount are Palestinian leaders.

President Abbas is telling his people that Jews are contaminating the Temple Mount. He has called for days of rage and urged Palestinians to prevent Jews from visiting the Temple Mount using (quote) “all means” necessary. These words are as irresponsible as they are unacceptable.

You don’t have to be Catholic to visit the Vatican, you don’t have to be Jewish to visit the Western Wall, but some Palestinians would like to see the day when only Muslims can visit the Temple Mount.

You, the international community, are lending a hand to extremists and fanatics. You, who preach tolerance and religious freedom, should be ashamed. Israel will never let this happen. We will make sure that the holy places remain open to all people of all faiths for all time.

Mr. President,

No one wants peace more than Israel. No one needs to explain the importance of peace to parents who have sent their child to defend our homeland. No one knows the stakes of success or failure better than we Israelis do. The people of Israel have shed too many tears and buried too many sons and daughters.

We are ready for peace, but we are not naïve. Israel’s security is paramount. Only a strong and secure Israel can achieve a comprehensive peace.

The past month should make it clear to anyone that Israel has immediate and pressing security needs. In recent weeks, Palestinian terrorists have shot and stabbed our citizens and twice driven their cars into crowds of pedestrians. Just a few days ago, terrorists armed with axes and a gun savagely attacked Jewish worshipers during morning prayers. We have reached the point when Israelis can’t even find sanctuary from terrorism in the sanctuary of a synagogue.

These attacks didn’t emerge out of a vacuum. They are the results of years of indoctrination and incitement. A Jewish proverb teaches: “The instruments of both death and life are in the power of the tongue.”

As a Jew and as an Israeli, I know with utter certainly that when our enemies say they want to attack us, they mean it.

Hamas’s genocidal charter calls for the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews worldwide. For years, Hamas and other terrorist groups have sent suicide bombers into our cities, launched rockets into our towns, and sent terrorists to kidnap and murder our citizens.

And what about the Palestinian Authority? It is leading a systemic campaign of incitement. In schools, children are being taught that ‘Palestine’ will stretch from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. In mosques, religious leaders are spreading vicious libels accusing Jews of destroying Muslim holy sites. In sports stadiums, teams are named after terrorists. And in newspapers, cartoons urge Palestinians to commit terror attacks against Israelis.

Children in most of the world grow up watching cartoons of Mickey Mouse singing and dancing. Palestinian children also grow up watching Mickey Mouse, but on Palestinians national television, a twisted figure dressed as Mickey Mouse dances in an explosive belt and chants “Death to America and death to the Jews.”

I challenge you to stand up here today and do something constructive for a change. Publically denounce the violence, denounce the incitement, and denounce the culture of hate.

Most people believe that at its core, the conflict is a battle between Jews and Arabs or Israelis and Palestinians. They are wrong. The battle that we are witnessing is a battle between those who sanctify life and those who celebrate death.

Following the savage attack in a Jerusalem synagogue, celebrations erupted in Palestinian towns and villages. People were dancing in the street and distributing candy. Young men posed with axes, loudspeakers at mosques called out congratulations, and the terrorists were hailed as “martyrs” and “heroes.”

This isn’t the first time that we saw the Palestinians celebrate the murder of innocent civilians. We saw them rejoice after every terrorist attack on Israeli civilians and they even took to the streets to celebrate the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center right here in New York City.

Imagine the type of state this society would produce. Does the Middle East really need another terror-ocracy? Some members of the international community are aiding and abetting its creation.

Mr. President,

As we came into the United Nations, we passed the flags of all 193 member States. If you take the time to count, you will discover that there are 15 flags with a crescent and 25 flags with a cross. And then there is one flag with a Jewish Star of David. Amidst all the nations of the world there is one state – just one small nation state for the Jewish people.

And for some people, that is one too many.

As I stand before you today I am reminded of all the years when Jewish people paid for the world’s ignorance and indifference in blood. Those days are no more.

We will never apologize for being a free and independent people in our sovereign state. And we will never apologize for defending ourselves.

To the nations that continue to allow prejudice to prevail over truth, I say “J’accuse.”

I accuse you of hypocrisy. I accuse you of duplicity.

I accuse you of lending legitimacy to those who seek to destroy our State.

I accuse you of speaking about Israel’s right of self-defense in theory, but denying it in practice.

And I accuse you of demanding concessions from Israel, but asking nothing of the Palestinians.

In the face of these offenses, the verdict is clear. You are not for peace and you are not for the Palestinian people. You are simply against Israel.

Members of the international community have a choice to make.

You can recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, or permit the Palestinian leadership to deny our history without consequence.

You can publically proclaim that the so-called “claim of return” is a non-starter, or you can allow this claim to remain the major obstacle to any peace agreement.

You can work to end Palestinian incitement, or stand by as hatred and extremism take root for generations to come.

You can prematurely recognize a Palestinian state, or you can encourage the Palestinian Authority to break its pact with Hamas and return to direct negotiations.

The choice is yours. You can continue to steer the Palestinians off course or pave the way to real and lasting peace.

Thank you, Mr. President.

Isi Leibler’s website can be viewed at www.wordfromjerusalem.com. He may be contacted at ileibler@leibler.com.

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  • Ido Sonwit

    I felt proud listening to him talk. He is very brave to say these things. Unfortunately, Israel is constantly being thrown under the bus for political considerations. The time has come to take serious action, otherwise Jewish blood will be spilled again.

  • Lee Buenahora

    Very well done.It couldn’t have been done any better.

    • Leslie

      To: Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Ron Prosor, what can I say but WOW, you have spoken the truth and may the G-d of Abraham, Issac and Jacob bless you and the Jewish People now and forever!!! AMEN

      May the blinders of the evil one be removed from there eyes!

      If they don’t understand now they never will.

  • Robeert plous

    magnicent . From a Jew growing up in a small, town, who suffered “being Jewish” to facing it throughout the years, i still ask “why”. Do people need someone to hate? Proser lays it out as clearly as one possibly could. Do you think anybody was enliightened? I say the Anti-Israel/ Anti Jewish countries all know the truth, but for some reason that continues to be a mystery to me, continue with their disgusting positions. People know right from wrong, truth from fiction, but ignore it. WHY, WHY, WHY? Nothing will change, because we are requesting moral behavior from immoral people and nations they represent.
    Robert Plous

  • RICHARD KLEIN

    Bravo indeed.

    The inmates at the UN have indeed taken over the asylum.

  • Sophie

    Ron Prosor simply stated the truth! It would appear that the Truth is something many Nations simply can’t deal with!
    All is said simply, yet elegantly, and with Passion.
    This is something that should be read in Synagogues, group meetings of all kinds, in Schools etc.
    I lead a Study Group with whom this Speech will be shared. We must share these facts in addition with friends, relatives, and all we know and meet. Too often too many, even the Jewish Public, and in particular Jewish College Students, don’t know these facts. Knowledge is the best ammunition we can have. It is said “the truth shall set you free;” Let us pray that is so.

  • Lutz Barz

    60 million dead because of the Nazis and this outrage this pretentious deceit in that Europe had somehow failed the Jews is too much.

  • victoria brandeis

    THANK YOU MR. PROSOR

  • I could not agree with you more. The UN is a disgrace. Unfortunately, this fantastic speech is falling on deaf ears.
    Throw out the diplomats and house the homeless

  • Sharon Hampel

    Mr. Prosor has so clearly pointed out all of the obfuscations and equivocations that come from the U.N., the world, and, sadly, from our American administration. During the Gaza uprising, I felt that the world was awaiting kill statistics that would provide it with a satisfactory amount of Jewish blood. It was keeping score-2,000 Gazans to 65 Israelis. What an evil football game. We have a world of info-maniacal statisticians, of moral relativists. Thank you, Mr. Prosor, for speaking out as so many others (fellow Jews and the American President included) fear to do.

  • I survived the nazi regime during WWII. After the onslought of the Holocaust, I can’t believe that the world doesn’t have the compassion to leave a tiny part of the world to a people that want to just be left alone and live in peace. In return, Israel is the leader in inventing new medication to cure what ails people all over the world!! Israel is also saving lives by accepting sick and wounded people in their hospitals, sending food and clothing…etc.
    I defy any other country in the world except for United States to do that!

  • A beautiful speech. Unfortunately, we have in the US leadership that is pro Palestian and pro Muslim. Never has my country been lead by apologist for Muslims and their hatred of Jews. I am ashamed of this administration. As far as Europe is concerned, they are responsible for the killing of most Jews in the 30’s and 40’s and they did not learn. I have written to the French Consul regarding the anti semitism in France. Did anyone answer me? The answer is NO. Soon all of Europe will be Muslim. One out of ten children born in England is Muslim. Israel has to do what it has to do to survive and if that means all out war, so be it. Your citizens are the most important treasure you have. What would this world be like without the knowledge of Jews. Jews in medicine and science. The haters are just jealous because instead of trying to emulate Jews, they waste their time hating them.

  • JUDY METZ

    BRAVO!!! BUT WHO WILL LISTEN?

    • Adela Pisarevsky

      True, the UN’s ears and all its other sensory functions are shut closed when it comes to Israel, and this magnificent speech won’t even be read by them….

      ….BUT, it is up to us to disseminate this great speech to all corners of the world!!! AND NOT ONLY ONCE, BUT LET’S FORWARD IT TWICE A YEAR OR SO. Let’s make it a priority and do it already!!!

      :o) Adela

  • susan stoneman

    Hooray, hooray, hooray, why isn’t this speech spread on every TV channel. This is what Isreal is about…Peace, education and most of all freedom!

  • Lila Schein

    Everything he said is so true and still the United States pays for most money provided for the UN

  • sheila kirche

    What a brilliant speech. One that should go down in the annals of history. J’accuse, J’accuse, J’accuse, famous words from the Dreyfus case. How history repeats itself.
    But we will not let things happen again. We now have a voice. Sheila Kirche, Sydney, Australia

  • Lorraine Henselin

    I do not understand that even though Israel Europe America and some others share common values we do not unite together to protect or conserve these values but act as though they do not matter. These values have made the above countries places where others want to come to. Why so much hatred for values that seem beautiful and beneficial or at least harmless?

  • Dr. Susana A. Galle

    A true and deeply inspiring speech, Mr. Prosor. Congratulations. Your text belongs in every college campus across the US and the rest of the world, finally to provide
    the young people — tomorrow’s leaders — with a clear picture of the current reality of Israel.

    • sherrie moore

      I whole heartily agree. EVERY CAMPUS EVERYWHERE

  • Ron

    Too bad the Times won’t print this. Every paper in the world should print this.

  • EXCELLENT…. Should be printed in Canadian newspapers…..will do my best !!

  • Thank you MR Prosor!! this Speech was amassing!i wish i could have been at the UN to support you!you have demonstrated the True and Honesty about Israel. you so right about the hypocrite, naivety of the UN!and we should Never truce them! instead of taking care Israel Palestine the should take care of the mass Killing all over the Middle East!witch does hurt me a lot see it! Has an Israeli i really Wish Israel could come to they rescue of all the Innocents that are been Kill by the Thousands!the should take care of what is going on in the Middle East First! it is a Sham has a Jewish to see no one and i mean NO one in the Free World come to rescue all this innocent Human Life!that are been Kill by the Thousands per Weeks for no reason and no one at the UN seems to care!only when the Word Israel is mention the World is Awake unfortunately! Sham on you the UN

  • Ambassador Ron Prosor stated


    “The European nations claim to stand for Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité –
    freedom, equality, and brotherhood – but nothing could be farther from
    the truth.

    I often hear European leaders proclaim that Israel has the right to
    exist in secure borders. That’s very nice. But I have to say – it
    makes about as much sense as me standing here and proclaiming Sweden’s
    right to exist in secure borders.

    When it comes to matters of security, Israel learned the hard way that
    we cannot rely on others – certainly not Europe.

    In 1973, on Yom Kippur – the holiest day on the Jewish calendar – the
    surrounding Arab nations launched an attack against Israel. In the
    hours before the war began, Golda Meir, our Prime Minister then, made
    the difficult decision not to launch a preemptive strike. The Israeli
    Government understood that if we launched a preemptive strike, we
    would lose the support of the international community.

    As the Arab armies advanced on every front, the situation in Israel
    grew dire. Our casualty count was growing and we were running
    dangerously low on weapons and ammunition. In this, our hour of need,
    President Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, agreed to send
    Galaxy planes loaded with tanks and ammunition to resupply our troops.
    The only problem was that the Galaxy planes needed to refuel on route
    to Israel. ”

    Rabbi DR. Bernhard Rosenberg asks that you share this. Almost 9000 hits.

    Video is on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig8c795KymA

    • miriam gest

      Did Ambassador Ron Prosor get a standing ovation????
      Unfortunately nothing is going to change!
      He deserves the NOBEL price!
      But who wants to go to Sweden?

      Only G’d can help us, and help is coming!!!!!!IYH

      Thanks Mr. Ambassador, nobody could have say it better!
      with great appreciation
      Miriam

    • Bouwman John

      Secretly those planes refueled in the Netherlands, a
      pity Mr. Prosor has forgotten.
      This was allowed by Mr.Vredeling, minister of Defense
      even without informing his government.
      Anyhow a great speech.

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