The Israeli Foreign Ministry has issued a scathing denunciation of the United Nations High Commisisoner of Refugees.
The condemnation attacks what the ministry refers to as the “high commissioner’s utterly shortsighted press release regarding the situation in Gaza,” in which the high commissioner held Israel responsible for the “humanitarian crisis” affecting the Palestinians in Gaza.
In the words of the statement of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, “Most disturbing is the way she casually refers to Palestinian aggression in the very last sentence of her statement, as almost an afterthought.”
Israel claims that “overall responsibility for the situation in the Gaza Strip lies with Hamas.”
The terror group, the Jewish state says, “invests all of its resources in arms and terrorism instead of providing for the civilians that it brutally controls.”
Hamas and affiliated Palestinian terrorist groups have “fired more 170 rockets and mortars at Israel during the past 10 days, with 25 slamming into Israel over the weekend alone.”
The Israel Foreign Ministry went to accuse UNHCR as colluding with the Hamas press strategy, adding, “it is disappointing to see the high commissioner fall victim to Hamas’ cynical manipulation of the media, and reprint blatant misinformation in her press release.”
The Israelis complained the U.N. agency has allowed itself to become part of the Palestinians’ political game, and consequently, it has dealt with the situation in a less than even-handed manner.
“Israel expects the High Commissioner to investigate the facts before issuing one-sided statements about the humanitarian situation in Gaza, and to begin by forcefully condemning the perpetrators of terror,” the foreign ministry said.
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