United Nations chief: Calls for Israel's destruction are 'modern anti-Semitism'

United Nations chief: Calls for Israel's destruction are 'modern anti-Semitism'

"I do believe that in particular when you mention those that call for the destruction of the State of Israel that that is a form of modern anti-Semitism".

"It is precisely because of the attempts to undermine Israel in the United Nations arena that we look forward to introducing the secretary general to Israel's true colors, its impressive achievements and its contributions to the world", Danon stated prior to the visit.

"We will always be very frank in the dialogue with the State of Israel in trying to find ways for peace to be possible in this region, but we will always be very committed to make sure anti-Semitism doesn't prevail and that equality in the treatment of all states is fully respected".

"Because the idea of the nation state is so deeply rooted in the values and the principles of the UN", Rivlin told Guterres.

Guterres was due to arrive for meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders and officials, with the visit scheduled to continue through Wednesday.

At the start of a meeting in Jerusalem with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Netanyahu accused Iran of turning Syria into a "base of military entrenchment as part of its declared goal to eradicate Israel". Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is apparently anxious for his Monday meeting in order to stress concerns with Iran's creation of a power base in Syria and the United Nations agencies' continuing refusal to acknowledge the blatant flouting of Security Council Resolution 1701 which has allowed the Hizbullah terrorist organization to build formidable arsenals of sophisticated missiles, some 100,000 of which are estimated to be pointed at the Jewish state, and formidable fighting force. "These actions weaken cooperation between states and are against the rule of law", he said. "No one understands this better than us, Israelis".

Guterres will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas over the next two days.

"It's clear that the mandate has to change", Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, Tzipi Hotovely said before Guterres' arrival. "It's time to place the issue squarely on the table and address it head-on", Hotovely said, as quoted by The Times of Israel news outlet, adding that Israel will "no longer tolerate anti-Israel bias".

The visit comes amidst tension between Israel and the UN.

UN envoy Nikki Haley and Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon on the Lebanese border, June 8, 2017.

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