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Resolutions, inquiries against Israel won’t bring peace, Rivlin tells UN’s Guterres

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

President Reuven Rivlin (L) meets UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the United Nations in New York, on June 29, 2021. (Haim Zach/GPO)
President Reuven Rivlin (L) meets UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the United Nations in New York, on June 29, 2021. (Haim Zach/GPO)

President Reuven Rivlin speaks out against resolutions and commissions of inquiry against Israel at the UN, during his meeting with Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the tail end of his farewell visit to the US.

“Our region in the Middle East needs to build trust between peoples. Peace between Israel and the Palestinians will never be achieved through anti-Israel decisions or commissions of inquiry,” Rivlin says according to a statement from his office. “The bias against Israel at UN institutions must stop.”

“We are interested in continuing to work with the UN in order to meet the humanitarian needs of the people of Gaza, with whom we have no conflict,” Rivlin says.

“However, any arrangement must include the return of our captive soldiers and civilians who are held by the Hamas terrorist organization,” the president adds, referring to fallen troops Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul and civilians Abera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed.

Rivlin was joined in the meeting at the UN by Hadar Goldin’s mother Leah, who urged Guterres to use his position to ensure the return of her son’s body.

The president will later meet with nearly two dozen ambassadors representing the countries of the US, Russia, China, the UK, Canada, the Netherlands, Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana, Austria, Albania, Hungary, Malta, Greece, Cyprus, Morocco, Bahrain, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Bhutan, Australia and Bulgaria. He’s expected to reiterate Israel’s interest in expanding the Abraham Accords.

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