UN Push to Blacklist IDF
UN’s Children and Armed Conflict group says IDF should be added to blacklist for deaths of Palestinian children during Protective Edge.
A push is currently being made in the United Nations to have the Israeli Defense Forces added to the blacklist of the council for Children and Armed Conflict.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui of Armenia, has recommended the IDF be included because of the 500 Palestinian children killed and 3,300 wounded during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon seems likely to resist the call, Yediot Ahronot reported, particularly in light of heavy opposition from Israel, and threats such a move could fully terminate relations between Israel and the UN.
However, Palestinian pressure abounds not only from the Palestinian Authority, but also its supporters and human rights groups. According to Yediot, UN Secretariat officials also back the Palestinians and have urged Ban not to give in to Israel’s threats.
One ally Israel likely can count on is the United States. Discussing the issue with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday night, US Senator Lindsey Graham warned that continued mistreatment of Israel would result in a “violent pushback” against the UN.
Graham threatened to cut all American funding to the United Nations, should it continue to function in a manner that “marginalizes” Israel.
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