I like rarities like a politician with a spine who really cares for his embattled people; so I am an unashamed fan of Israel's Prime Minister and my attention span (usually that of a humming bird on speed) did not lapse during his whole speech. For those of you who are time poor, I transcribed a little extract of this speech below.
(Approximately from Minute 35 to 37 in the video:)
"...The UN should finally rid itself of the obsessive bashing of Israel.
Here's just one absurd example of this obsession: In 4 years of horrific violence in Syria more than a quarter of a million people have lost their lives; that is more than ten times (more than ten times) the number of Israelis and Palestinians combined who've lost their lives in a century of conflict between us, yet last year this Assembly adopted twenty resolutions against Israel and just one resolution about the savage slaughter in Syria. Talk about justice, talk about "D i s p r o p o r t i o n a l i t y" Twenty ! Count them ! One against Twenty!
Well frankly I'm not surprised. To borrow a line from Yogi Berra, the late great baseball player and part-time philosopher: when it comes to the annual bashing of Israel at the UN "it's deja-vu all over again".
Enough ! 31 years after I stood here for the first time I'm still asking: when will the UN finally check its anti-Israel fanaticism the door? When will the UN finally stop slandering Israel as a threat to peace and actually start helping Israel advance peace? And the same question should be posed to Palestinian leaders: when will you start working with Israel to advance peace and reconciliation and stop libelling Israel, stop inciting hatred and violence?!...."
I don't think there is much chance of this UN leopard changing its spots anytime soon, when they have just chosen Saudi Arabia!, the most blatant human rights violator, to fatten their rotten ranks by choosing them to head the key UN "human rights" panel. I will spare you the cliché of 'pyromaniacs in charge of the fire brigade' etc...
In his "satirical take on the week in politics", one of Australia's most witty and spot-on columnists, Rowan Dean, offers us this take on the UN:
"...In other news this week, the United Nations released its updated list of new committee members:
UN Committee for the Protection of Schoolgirls and Teenage Hitchhikers:
J. Saville (UK), I. Milat (Aust) T. Bundy (USA) Dr B'oko Har'em (East Congo)
UN Committee for the Abolition of Illicit Narcotics:
Prof P. Escobar (Columb), Abu Poppy (Afghanistan), Ms Krystal Me'th (USA)
UN Committee for Peace with Israel:
Mustafa Nuke (Iran) A. Eichmann (Ger) Yasir Bloodba'ath (Pal)"