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Amb Prosor to Security Council 27 October 2011

Amb Prosor to Security Council 27 October 2011

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 27 October 2011Excellency,Yesterday – on the same day that Quartet representatives came to our region to helprestart direct negotiations – the enemies of peace again showed their determination tocarry out violence on the ground.At around 11 PM local time yesterday, terrorists in Gaza fired a modified Katyusharocket into Israel. It traveled some 35 kilometers and exploded in the vicinity of Ashdod,a major city home to more than 200,000 people. This was the third such attack in the pastmonth.At the same time that Israel takes bold steps to expand commercial activity and advanceinternational development in Gaza, terrorists use the area as a launching ground for attacks against the Israeli people. The constant rain of rockets on our cities dramaticallyalters daily life. Dozens of Israelis were treated for shock last night. This morning, morethan 3,000 Israeli children were kept out of school to ensure their safety. No peopleshould have to live under such a specter of terror.Israel holds the Hamas terrorist organization fully responsible for all attacks emanatingfrom Gaza, where it remains in de facto control. The rockets that continue to fly out of the area illustrate a basic truth: the Palestinian Authority has absolutely zero authority inthe Gaza Strip. While President Abbas continues his unilateral march for staterecognition at the United Nations, the Palestinians are far from meeting the basic criteriafor statehood, particularly the test of effective control. So-called Palestinian unity has been – and remains – a virtual reality.Israel has accepted the principles outlined by the Quartet to restart negotiationsimmediately, without preconditions. We are waiting for the Palestinians to do the sameand join us back at the negotiating table. With the roar of rockets echoing from the GazaStrip, silence from the Palestinian Authority is unacceptable. Israel is still waiting to hear President Abbas clearly condemn Hamas for the terror that continues to flow from Gaza.The details of this attack highlight a disturbing trend. The terrorist rockets in Gaza aretraveling further – and their warheads are getting larger. This is a direct result of theH.E. Ms. U. Joy OgwuPresident of the Security CouncilUnited Nations New York 

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