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Netanyahu: Outspoken UN interpreter can work here anytime

Hot mic recorded worker saying international body’s constant criticism of Jewish state is ‘a bit much’; gaffe was a ‘small victory’ for Israel, says PM

Adiv Sterman is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

The comment of a UN interpreter on the allegedly biased treatment Israel receives from the international body’s member states was a “small victory” for Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, adding that the incident exposed the “hypocrisy” of countries that verbally attack the Jewish state.

“There aren’t many moments of satisfaction for the state of Israel in the international arena,” the prime minister said during a cabinet meeting. “But we had such a moment recently when an interpreter at the United Nations made a comment — though she thought she could not be heard — and said ‘What is this assault on the state of Israel?’

“I hope nothing happens to the interpreter, but at any rate, a place of employment is guaranteed for her in Israel if there is a development in that direction,” he added.

Netanyahu went on to play a video of Thursday’s incident, first relayed on The Times of Israel last week, in front of the cabinet members. “I think when you have… like a total of 10 resolutions on Israel and Palestine, there’s gotta be something, c’est un peu trop, non? [It’s a bit much, no?]. I mean, I know… There’s other really bad shit happening, but no one says anything about the other stuff,” the UN interpreter can be heard saying in the video.

During the session on Thursday, nine of 10 resolutions adopted by the General Assembly’s Fourth Committee condemned Israel for violating the human rights of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, of Palestinian refugees, and of Syrians in the Golan Heights. The committee comprises representatives of all 193 UN member states.

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