October 21, 2009
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz on Sunday accused the United Nations Human Rights Council of anti-Semitism, after the UN body endorsed a damning report on Israel’s winter Gaza offensive.
The Council endorsed the report on Friday, which was authored by the South African Judge Richard Goldstone. While accusing both Israel and Hamas of war crimes, the bulk of the findings in the report focused on Israeli actions during the three-week campaign.
Steinitz further condemned the accusations against Israel. “We won’t let Jews go again like lambs to the slaughter. The Jewish state has a right and a duty to defend its citizens no less that the United States, Russia, or Turkey.”
The Finance Minister also accused the Palestinian Authority for taking the opportunity to harass Israel in every international forum. “We will need to think hard if we want to continue giving them donations and developing the Palestinian Authority. We can’t continue turning the other cheek.”