Defense Minister Jana Cernochova of the Czech Republic has criticized the United Nations, claiming that it has lost all credibility and is siding with “Hamas terrorists” in the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. Cernochova’s statement came after a vote on Friday, where most member states supported a call for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. According to the minister, this vote proves that the UN favors Hamas.
In a post on social media platform X, Cernochova expressed her disappointment with the UN’s stance. She wrote, “Only 14 countries, including ours, stood up against the unprecedented terrorist attack committed by Hamas terrorists. I am ashamed of the UN.” She further stated that in her opinion, the Czech Republic should leave an organization that supports terrorists and does not respect the basic right to self-defense.
Cernochova’s criticism comes after the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on Friday, calling for an immediate humanitarian truce and cessation of hostilities in Gaza. The resolution received support from 121 member states, while 44 abstained, and 14, including the US and Israel, voted against it. The Security Council had previously failed to reach a consensus on four draft resolutions.
The resolution emphasizes the need to protect the civilian population and infrastructure, as well as humanitarian personnel and facilities. It also highlights the importance of delivering essential supplies and services to the residents of Gaza. Additionally, the signatories demanded the immediate and unconditional release of all civilians held captive, while recognizing the creation of an independent Palestinian state as the path towards peace in the region.
While the resolution is not legally binding, it carries symbolic significance. Palestine’s representative at the UN, Riyad Mansour, praised the document, stating that the “carnage against our people has to stop, and humanitarian assistance should begin to enter the Gaza Strip.” On the other hand, Israel’s representative, Gilad Erdan, criticized the resolution, calling it “ridiculous” and claiming that the UN has lost its legitimacy and relevance.
The conflict between Israel and Hamas erupted on October 7 after Hamas militants launched a surprise incursion and attacked Israel with heavy missile fire. In response, Israel carried out extensive airstrikes and recently sent ground forces into Gaza for targeted operations. The ongoing violence has resulted in over 1,400 Israeli and 7,000 Palestinian fatalities, with thousands more injured.
The Czech Republic’s Defense Minister’s remark reflects a growing frustration with the UN’s handling of the situation in the Middle East. It raises concerns about the impartiality and effectiveness of the international organization in addressing the conflict and ensuring the protection of civilians. As the situation intensifies, it remains to be seen how the international community will respond and work towards a lasting ceasefire and peace in the region.
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