Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations called on the Security Council Wednesday to issue a statement condemning fire from Gaza, after more than 80 rockets slammed into southern Israel over a single day.
Ron Prosor warned Security Council members that if they don’t condemn the rocket attacks, “there could be tragic consequences” because Hamas and other terrorists will interpret the silence “as a green light for terror and provocation.”
On Wednesday, terrorists fired a barrage of rockets into the towns surrounding the Gaza Strip, injuring five civilians — three of them foreign workers — and damaging eight houses. Israeli retaliatory strikes on the Gaza Strip killed three Palestinians.
“The purpose for the rocket fire is to kill Israeli civilians in order to escalate the situation in the region and bring a confrontation,” Prosor wrote.
A Cairo-brokered ceasefire between the sides was reportedly to take effect at midnight.
Prosor often asks the Security Council to condemn rocket fire during escalations in the south, though with little success.
Earlier this month, he sent a letter to the body slamming them for remaining silent on attacks emanating from Gaza while being quick to address Syrian violations.
“The Council has slept through more than 12,000 rocket attacks against Israelis over the past decade. We applaud the Security Council’s condemnation last week – and expect the Council to act with the same speed and conviction to condemn the rocket fire targeting one million Israeli civilians,” he wrote.
Sudan to UN: Condemn Israel for bombing
Meanwhile, Sudan’s UN envoy asked the Security Council to condemn Israel for what it said was a bombing of a weapons factory in Khartoum Wednesday.
“Four Israeli aircraft invaded our airspace and perpetrated this heinous attack,” Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman told a UN Security Council meeting on the Darfur conflict, AFP reported. ”We reject such aggression and expect your esteemed council to condemn this attack because it is a blatant violation of the concept of peace and security.”
Israel did not respond to the reports of involvement in the bombing.
Osman also accused Jerusalem of aiding Darfurian rebels and said Israel was ”jeopardizing peace and security in the entire region.”