New York, New York—This week, the Palestinians have come to the United Nations, where they hope to gather enough support from the Security Council—or at least the General Assembly—to be recognized as Palestine, a true and independent nation, by the world community. The Palestinians will make the case that they are seeking to determine their future through democratic means. They will use democratic rhetoric, though they are not a democracy. And they will cast their opponents as booster of the supposed Israel occupation, though they have been responsible for years of terror upon the Israeli citizens.
Don’t buy the rhetoric, says Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations. “First of all, they should run and do some elections with the Palestinian Authority, because they haven’t done that for quite a while,” Prosor says. “And every time elections are supposed to take place, they are postponed.”
Prosor believes that the Palestinian statehood bid is a form of warfare. “We’re in a new kind of warfare,” Prosor tells me. First, “They tried to fight and win against us through military means.” When that failed, thanks to the strength of Israel’s army, Israel’s enemies decided to take a different approach.
“The next stage was an economic boycott—the Arab boycott—of Israel,” Prosor says. That, too, was unsuccessful, ultimately, with the resilient strength of the Israeli government prevailing over the methods meant to destroy their economy—and ultimately their nation.
Now, Prosor explains, the third—and present—stage. “Today, they are trying to hit us, I think, in the soft belly, in trying to demonize us and delegitimize the state of Israel, the Jewish people. They are basically trying to push us out of what was called the family of nations, by pointing triggers at us. This is a new kind of warfare. It’s done through lawfare—international law. You saw that with the Goldstone Report, which takes away Israel’s right—or any nation’s right—to defend itself.”
The attempt to delegitimize the state of Israel cannot be pinpointed to a single action. It is, rather, a series of deliberate acts that are meant to undermine the Jewish state, overtime.
“This like Chinese torture—drop, drop, drop—which at the end of the day has a serious impact. The only way is to fight it tooth and nail. Call the lies. Call the half-truths.”
Last week, a Palestinian representative in the U.S., called for two states where the Jews would be on one side (Israel), and the Arab Palestinians on another (Palestine). “After the experience of the last 44 years of military occupation and all the conflict and friction, I think it would be in the best interest of the two people to be separated,” Areikat told reporters in Washington.
“It was a racist statement and that’s how it should be looked on,” Prosor says. “It’s quite obvious that we should try and focus more on peace making than on speech making. The Palestinians won’t be doing anything good by doing this unilaterally...It’s only going to lead to violence.”
The solution for the Israelis is not easy, but must be done regardless.
“We want to go back to direct negotiations…and that’s the only way forward,” Prosor says.
But it takes two to negotiate. “I would put it this way: The distance between Ramallah and Jerusalem is much shorter than from Ramallah over to the United Nations. All they have to do is drive 15 minutes from Ramallah to Jerusalem to talk directly to us, and not run around the world to the United Nations to talk over our heads.”
Prosor likens his position to fighting on the frontlines—and indicates that he won’t be abandoning his position.
“We are now under attack, and we have to stand up to the challenge. And I feel very privileged to be here at the United Nations standing on the front lines of defending what Israel, and what the Jewish people, stand for.”