At UN, Israeli Envoy Walks Out Over Turkish President's 'Antisemitic Remarks'

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Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan attends a weekly cabinet meeting at the Foreign Ministry, amid the spread of the coronavirus, in Jerusalem, July 5, 2020.
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan attends a weekly cabinet meeting at the Foreign Ministry, amid the spread of the coronavirus, in Jerusalem, July 5, 2020.Credit: Gali Tibbon/ REUTERS
Jonathan Lis
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The Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan attacked Turkey for antisemitism and praised the Trump admission during his speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

Erdan walked out of the room during the speech of Turkish President Recep Tayipp Erdogan, and said, “Erdogan continues with his antisemitic remarks and lies against Israel and it’s important that the world recognize the double standard that he has been living by for many years.”

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Erdan also reacted to U.S. President Donald Trump’s speech at the general assembly, saying “the United States and Israel have forged a new path to peace in the Middle East. Thanks to President Trump who helped by leading a process based on the principle of ‘peace from strength,’ and from the understanding that relations with Israel are a strategic advantage for every nation.”

Erdan also commented on the speech of the UN General Secretary António Guterres, calling it an “emotional speech on the need for a ‘global ceasefire’ and peace during the pandemic, but didn’t once mention the peace agreements signed by Israel. Embarrassing, and says a lot about the UN.”

Turkish President Recep Erdogan's pre-recorded message is played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, September 22, 2020.Credit: Rick Bajornas,AP

Trump vs. China and Iran 

Meanwhile, Trump used the United Nations General Assembly to attack China's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying the world body "must hold China accountable" for its actions related to the outbreak.

By contrast, China's President Xi Jinping struck a conciliatory tone in his pre-recorded virtual address to the General Assembly, calling for enhanced cooperation over the pandemic and stressing that China had no intention of fighting "either a Cold War or a hot one" with any other country.

The leaders of the world's two largest economies laid out their competing visions as relations have plunged to their worst level in decades against the backdrop of the pandemic, with coronavirus tensions aggravating trade and technology disputes.

U.S. President Donald Trump (on screen), as he addresses the general debate of the seventy-fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly, on September 22, 2020.Credit: ESKINDER DEBEBE - AFP

Additionally, Iran's president told the General Assembly that the U.S. could impose "neither negotiations nor war" on the Islamic Republic amid heightened tension between the longtime foes over Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with major powers.

"Iran is not a bargaining chip in U.S. election and domestic policy...Any U.S. administration after the upcoming (U.S.) election will have no choice but to surrender to the resilience of the Iranian nation," Hassan Rouhani told the annual UN gathering in a video message.

For his part, Trump said: "We withdrew from the terrible Iran nuclear deal and imposed crippling sanctions on the world's leading state sponsor of terror". Iran denies supporting terrorism.

French President Emmanuel Macron, in his speech at the UN General Assembly, said France and its European partners will "not compromise" with the United States' view that it can trigger the reimposition of UN sanctions on Iran. The US is not in a position to invoke the so-called snapback mechanism of the Iran nuclear deal as it has left that agreement "on its own initiative," Macron said. 

Macron added that France, Britain and Germany - the three European parties to the agreement - will continue to insist on its full implementation and "will not accept the violations committed by Iran," which has gradually stepped up its nuclear activities beyond agreed limits in response to the US pullout. He repeated his call for the negotiation of a broader agreement that would also restrict Iran's intervention in other countries in the region and its ballistic missiles programmes.

Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) contributed to this report. 

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