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After UN secretary general appears to justify Hamas invasion, FM Cohen cancels meeting

Following a statement by UN Secretary General António Guterres at UN Security Council’s gathering regarding the Gaza War, Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen canceled his meeting with the UN head, who appeared to justify the Hamas invasion of Israel on Oct. 7.

In his opening remarks at the UN Security Council (UNSC) session, Guterres stated: “We must recognize that Hamas attacks did not happen in a vacuum. The Palestinians are under a stifling occupation, their lands are being taken, the economy is paralyzed, and their homes have been destroyed. The chances of a political solution are fading.”

Cohen blasted Guterres for his statement to the security council members on Tuesday and announced he had canceled his planned meeting with the secretary general, scheduled for later in the day.

“I call on you to stand with Israel in its mission to wipe the monsters off the face of the earth. If not all nations stand up for the basic values of humanity as they appear in the UN Charter, it will be the darkest hour for the United Nations to lose the moral foundation of its existence,” Cohen said.

“After October 7, there is no room for a balanced approach. Hamas must be erased from the world!” the foreign minister added.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned Guterres and other UNSC members for failing to call out the atrocities of Hamas’ brutal attacks.

“Where is the rage? Where is the explicit condemnation of these atrocities? We must affirm the right of every nation to defend itself and prevent such acts from happening again,” Blinken said addressing UNSC members.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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