Bennett to UN chief: international community must not serve terrorists’ agenda
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday and expressed his disappointment at the international body’s lack of condemnation of the recent rocket attacks from Gaza.
“The international community should not serve the agenda of terrorist organizations. Israel is the stabilizing force,” Bennett told Guterres, according to a statement from his office.
“If we had not established the order [at the Temple Mount]tens of thousands of Muslims could not have prayed.
This week’s rocket attacks ended a nearly four-month period of calm on the Gaza border.
The past few days have seen violent clashes between Palestinian rioters and police on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, leaving dozens of Palestinians injured and several police officers.
Hamas and other Gaza-based terror groups have repeatedly invoked the holy site as a red line. Police actions to quell riots there last year were among the triggers of an 11-day war in Gaza last May.
Bennett also told António Guterres that the unrest on the Temple Mount was caused by “people who had prepared rocks and Molotov cocktails beforehand.”
The pair also discussed the Secretary General’s planned trip to Russia and Ukraine next week, and ongoing diplomatic efforts to end the war between Moscow and Kyiv.
Guterres’ office said he and Bennett discussed tensions around holy sites in Jerusalem and efforts to “end provocations and unilateral measures, and restore calm.”
António Guterres “reiterated that the status quo at holy sites must be maintained and respected,” his office said, referring to the Temple Mount.