After drawing criticism for his justification of Palestinian terror last week, the UN secretary-general defended himself in an op-ed in the New York Times entitled “Don’t Shoot the Messenger.” In it he stated that “nothing excuses terrorism”—and then went on to blame Israel for the series of murderous attacks on its citizens and for the failure to reach a two-state solution. Ruthie Blum writes:
Given the total falsehood of [Ban’s] depiction of the situation—for example, by omitting Israel’s withdrawal from more than 90 percent of the territory it obtained after the attempt of surrounding Arab armies to obliterate it in the Six-Day War—it is no wonder that his proposed solutions to the problem are so preposterous. . . .
”Of course,” Ban [wrote], “a lasting agreement between Israel and Palestine will require difficult compromises by leaders and peoples on both sides.”
Indeed, Israel has made endless “difficult compromises,” for decades. This has led to repeated uprisings against the Israeli populace, such as the current spate of terrorism that surged in September, thanks in large measure to incitement emanating from official PA institutions and media outlets. . . .
More ridiculous than his [arguments], though, is the title of the piece, taken from his claim that Israel’s ire [over his previous remarks] is a form of “shooting the messenger.” It is a metaphor he clearly does not know how to use properly, since he is a key source of the anti-Israel message—embraced by anti-Semites the world over—not some serf paid to deliver it.