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Israel Denounces U.N. Chief for Saying Hamas Attack 'Didn't Happen in a Vacuum'

Israel’s U.N. envoy called for Guterres' resignation

On Wednesday, Israeli officials were outraged over U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' comment that the deadly Hamas attack on southern Israel "did not happen in a vacuum;" they're calling his remarks justification for terrorism. Foreign Minister Eli Cohen canceled a scheduled meeting with Guterres while Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial, said the U.N. chief "failed the test."

"I will not meet with the UN secretary-general. After the October 7 massacre, there is no place for a balanced approach. Hamas must be erased off the face of the planet!," Cohen posted Tuesday on social platform X.

Israel's envoy to the U.N. Gilad Erdan called for his resignation, saying Israel must rethink its relations with the world body.

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