Israel UN envoy: Security Council must condemn Gaza rocket fire
In missive to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Ron Prosor says UNSC has 'uttered zero words' on mortar, rocket attacks; Netanyahu: Israel will respond fiercely to any attempt to undo the calm.
The Security Council must condemn recent rocket attacks launched by Gaza militants against Israeli communities, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor wrote in a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday.
Prosor's missive came after Egypt mediated a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza militants, which came into effect earlier Tuesday after hundreds of rockets exploded in Israeli territory since the latest round of violence between Israel and Gaza broke out on Friday.
Earlier Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referred to the ceasefire deal, saying in Jerusalem function on Tuesday that Israel would respond fiercely to an attempt by Gaza militants to break the agreement.
"Our message is clear, quiet will bring quiet," Netanyahu said, adding that "anyone who breaks it or even tries to break it – our sights will find him."
In the letter, the Israeli envoy bemoaned what he called the UN's lack of response to the recent round of violence, saying that the "Security Council has uttered zero words of condemnation of these attacks."
"There is something wrong with this equation," he added, saying it was "time for the Security Council to speak with one voice against the terrorism that continues to flow from Gaza."
Prosor said in his letter to Ban that more "than 250 rockets have been fired since last Friday. That’s one rocket every twenty minutes. Israeli civilians have less than 15 seconds to find shelter from these attacks."
"The lives of 1,000,000 Israeli civilians are paralyzed. 200,000 Israeli children are out of school," he said, adding that the "situation is grave. If one rocket lands in the wrong place at the wrong time, Israel will be forced to respond in a completely different manner."
Prosor's letter came as, also on Tuesday, IDF officials announced that studies in Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip will resume on Wednesday, following a ceasefire agreement mediated by Egypt and which came into effect earlier Tuesday.
In a session by top Home Front Command officers, it was decided that the 207,000 students in towns and cities 7-40 kilometers from the coastal enclave would return to school, along with a resumption of classes in Be'er Sheva's Ben-Gurion University.