Like much of the world, the United Nations talks a good talk - claiming that it wants peace. At the same time, however, the international body continues its bias against Israel while also ignoring the true obstacles to peace. Writing at The Times of Israel, Israeli Ambassador David Roet says that in order to achieve real peace, the U.N. must get serious about combating bias, hatred, and terror:
The recent visit to the Middle East by US President Donald Trump has renewed hopes for peace and cooperation in our region. Perhaps more immediately, this visit has augured an opportunity for real international collaboration in fighting terrorism, the great evil of our time. If, however, the Arab world is serious about these efforts, a significant first step needs to be for them to cease all support for terrorists and to unequivocally condemn the hate that fuels violence.
The United Nations, where the peoples of the world convene, must set an example for the Arab world in eliminating such hatred. It is the UN, after all, which was founded upon the principles that promised “to maintain international peace and security, to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace.”
Every day our diplomats in New York and at UN agencies around the world, together with our allies and partners, work hard in order to implement real reforms aimed at meeting these goals. These are the changes that will allow the UN to deliver its promise of global peace and security.
Yet to truly move forward on such an agenda, the UN must aggressively confront rampant politicization and bias throughout its own agencies. As we have pointed out on numerous occasions, when it comes to prejudice, no UN member state has been confronted with more unfair treatment and double standards than has Israel.
A glaring example of this issue is the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), a body founded to provide humanitarian assistance for Palestinians. Today, UNRWA has turned into an internationally funded UN agency that shamelessly engages in propaganda promoting the Palestinian narrative while unfairly criticizing Israel...