The United Nations condemned the attacks on civilians in Gaza and in response Israel is calling for the resignation of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
This is what Guterres said to the Security Council that upset Israeli diplomats: “I am deeply concerned about the clear violations of international humanitarian law that we are witnessing in Gaza. Let me be clear: No party to an armed conflict is above international humanitarian law.” He said that the October 7 attacks on civilians was “appalling” but noted that Gaza had been “subjected to 56 years of suffocating occupation.” He urged a ceasefire and advocated for aid to civilians in the Palestinian territory in order to “ease epic suffering.”
In response, Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen pointed his finger and yelled at Guterres and then said he would never meet with him again. Israeli UN ambassador Gilad Erdan said this on X: “The @UN Secretary-General, who shows understanding for the campaign of mass murder of children, women, and the elderly, is not fit to lead the UN. I call on him to resign immediately. There is no justification or point in talking to those who show compassion for the most terrible atrocities committed against the citizens of Israel and the Jewish people. There are simply no words.”
UNICEF said that the 2,360 children in Gaza that have been killed in just three weeks are a “stain on our collective conscience.” U.S. officials seemed to have reconciled that on their conscience already. National Security spokesperson John Kirby told reporters this: “This is war, it is combat, it is bloody, it is ugly, and it’s going to be messy. And innocent civilians are going to be hurt going forward.”