Israel’s UN Envoy Says Hamas Would ‘Gladly Create’ Terror State in Judea and Samaria
Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor said on Thursday that, given the opportunity, Gaza-based terror group Hamas would eagerly create a terrorist entity in Judea and Samaria, the West Bank, like they did in the Gaza Strip.
“Iran’s proxy, Hamas, took over the Gaza Strip and created a terror stronghold. It has used this stronghold to fire tens of thousands of rockets into Israel. Given the chance, Hamas would gladly create a second terror state in Judea and Samaria,” Prosor said at a press conference at the UN. “You don’t have to be a political scientist to look at the Middle East and see a region in chaos…The region is in turmoil – and the very last thing Israel can afford is another terror state in its backyard.”
The envoy’s comments came as the White House escalated criticism of Israel’s newly reelected Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu over comments he made questioning if the security climate was right for the establishment of a Palestinian state. Prosor appeared to be reinforcing Netanyahu’s position.
Prosor said the new “terror state” could be called ISIL – standing for Iran, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon – because, he said, the entity would be sponsored by the Islamic Republic and be “as volatile” as the other Middle East countries.
Prosor told reporters that Israel has tried its hardest to reach “meaningful solutions” with the Palestinians while the latter pursued “empty resolutions.” He noted that Israel offered the Palestinian Authority a state three times and on all occasions, the Palestinians refused the deal.
The Israeli ambassador said the Palestinian Authority committed “every form of diplomatic treason” last year, including the abandonment of peace talks, which he said proves the Palestinians are not interested in peace. He continued to list offenses committed by PA President Abbas, such as accusing Jews of “contaminating” Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and calling for violent Days of Rage that resulted in dozens of terror attacks against Israelis.
He also quoted a report released Thursday by Amnesty International stating that Hamas committed war crimes against civilians during the Israel-Gaza war last year.
Prosor said the Palestinians want their own state without making compromises or peace with their neighbors. He accused the United Nations of turning a blind eye and giving Palestinians a “free pass in their quest to destroy any chance for peace” despite evidence of their “treachery and transgressions.”
He concluded by calling on the UN to demand Palestinians stop incitement, abandon terrorism efforts, and “most importantly, break their pact with Hamas and return to direct negotiations.”