UN Special Coordinator Expresses ‘Deep Concern’ Over Killing of Senior Islamic Jihad Official » J-Wire

August 7, 2022 by Aryeh Savir – TPS

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The United Nations (UN) Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, angered Israeli diplomats when he expressed “deep concern” over Israel’s counter-terror strikes in the Gaza Strip against Islamic Jihad, including the elimination of a high-ranking terrorist.

United Nations Special Coordinator for Peace in the Middle East Tor Wennesland

The Israeli army and Israeli security forces launched Operation Breaking Dawn on Friday afternoon after days of tension in the south and an imminent threat of attacks by the terrorist organization Islamic Jihad against Israeli targets.

During the first 180 seconds of the operation, fighter jets and drones targeted and killed 15 Islamic Jihad operatives, including Taysir al-Jabari, commander of Islamic Jihad’s Northern Division.

In response, Wennesland said he was “deeply concerned about the ongoing escalation between Palestinian militants and Israel, including the targeted assassination of a Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader inside Gaza.”

Taysir al-Jabari was responsible for multiple terrorist attacks against Israelis.

“Continuous escalation is very dangerous. The launching of rockets must cease immediately and I call on all parties to avoid further escalation,” he said.

In response, Israel’s UN Ambassador Gilad Erdan said that “as Palestinian Islamic Jihad launches missiles at Israeli civilians, the UN envoy expresses ‘deep concern’ for the neutralization of a high-ranking terrorist behind an imminent attack on Israelis”.

“Will he also express his deep concern over the neutralization of [Ayman] al-Zawahiri? the al-Qaeda commander who was eliminated by the United States a week ago, Erdan asked.

“Due to an attempted terrorist attack against Israeli civilians by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Israel was forced to begin a military operation with surgical strikes in order to thwart their rocket attacks from Gaza. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad is a radical terrorist proxy of the Ayatollah regime in Iran and its clearly stated objective is the destruction of the State of Israel. Its terrorists deliberately fire rockets at Israeli civilians, committing war crimes,” Erdan explained.

“Israel expects the international community and the United Nations to stop making false and immoral comparisons between a law-abiding democracy and radical terrorist organizations and to support Israel’s right to defend its citizens,” he said. he demanded.