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Erdan tears into UN envoy for expressing concern over IDF killing of PIJ terror commander

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Then-Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office in Bnei Brak on Thursday, October 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Then-Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office in Bnei Brak on Thursday, October 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan tears into UN Mideast envoy Tor Wennesland after the latter issued a statement that included an expression of concern over the IDF’s killing of a senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander in what launched Operation Breaking Dawn.

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland briefs, over video conference, the Security Council on the Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question on January 26, 2021. (Daniela Penkova/UNSCO/File)

“While the Palestinian Islamic Jihad is launching missiles at Israeli civilians, the UN envoy expresses ‘deep concern’ for the neutralization of a senior terrorist behind an imminent attack on Israelis,” Erdan tweets.

Tayseer Jabari, the commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in northern Gaza, in an undated photo. Jabari was targeted and killed in an Israeli airstrike on August 5, 2022. (Social media)

“Will he also express deep concern over the neutralization of al-Zawahiri?” Erdan adds, referring to the US killing of the leader of Al Qaeda earlier this week.

Wennesland said earlier that he was “deeply concerned by the ongoing escalation between Palestinian militants and Israel, including the targeted killing today of a Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader inside Gaza.”

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