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While UNSC Still in Haiti, Israel Complains of Quiet on Diplomat Attacks, Ban

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, February 16, updated -- On Monday in front of the General Assembly's meeting on Syria, Israel's Ambassador Ron Prosor told Inner City Press that the attacks against Israeli diplomats in New Delhi and Tbilisi would be the subject the following morning of Deputy Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom's meeting with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and then 12:30 press stakeout.

  At Tuesday's noon briefing, Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky was asked if Israel had provided any information about the attacks and who was behind them. I am not aware of any communications in that regard, Nesirky said -- at the same moment Ban was meeting with Shalom.

  When Shalom spoke to the Press, he said he had spoken with Ban about the attacks and about Iran; he quoted Ban as saying that he doesn't understand Iran, but would speak in Vienna with Russian foreign minister Lavrov about this as well as about Syria.

Inner City Press asked Shalom about a reported attack on or plot against Israeli diplomats in Bulgaria, as if his invitation to some to return to Israel from Tunisia might be repeated elsewhere in the Middle East. Shalom did not answer about Burgaria, but said that the Arab Spring could become an "Islamic Winter."

  To some, what Shalom was referring to seems possible in Syria, even as Prosor on Monday denounced Assad whom he described as "trained as an eye doctor" but now seeking to "blind the international community."

Now on Thursday, the Israeli Mission to the UN has distributed a letter Prosor has sent to Ban and to the Security Council, stating that

"The Security Council should have condemned these attacks immediately. Israel expects it to issue a clear condemnation today, without any further delay or equivocation. The Council must also address this threat by considering active steps against Iran, Hezbollah and their terrorist infrastructure worldwide. March 2012 marks the 20th commemoration of the bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, where Iran and Hezbollah killed 29 innocent people and injured 242 others. Two decades later, they continue to present a clear and imminent danger to innocent people in all corners of the globe – as we witnessed this week in New Dehli, Bangkok and Tbilisi."

Security Council members have been touring Haiti this week, but political coordinators and experts in their missions have been negotiating statements and resolutions on Time Leste, Somalia, Women, Peace and Security and a statement that got issued on Sudan. So why no statement about these attacks? We'll see - watch this site.

Footnote: A pro-Israel journalist raised an otherwise unstated question on Tuesday: why didn't Ban Ki-moon attend or speak out Monday's General Assembly session about Syria, while clearly pre-Vienna in the UN that day? While the "Secretary General" keeps Tweeting away, there's still been no answer.

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