Security Council.

Apr 21, 2015

Earlier this month, Jews throughout the world celebrated Passover which commemorates the liberation of the ancient Jews from enslavement and the birth of the Jewish nation.  The seder begins with the youngest child in the family asking four questions known as the “Ma Nish’tana.” 

Apr 15, 2015

Sexual violence in conflict has become a weapon of choice because it is cheap, silent and effective.  Instead of bullets or bombs, the perpetrators employ barbarism and brutality. 

Mar 27, 2015

Next week, Jewish people around the world will celebrate Passover which commemorates the exodus story.  In recent years, another exodus story has unfolded, but this one is driven by a plague of persecution aimed at  Christians, Kurds, Yazidi, Bahai, and of course, the Jews.

Mar 25, 2015

Around the world today children are exploited in conflict, targeted with violence, and used as instruments of war.  The crimes are horrendous. In January, Boko Haram wrapped a young girl in explosives and sent her into a busy Nigerian market.  The explosion killed 16 people and injured another 20.  This is not a world we should accept – a world where 10 years-olds are used as weapons of war.

Feb 23, 2015

Seventy years ago, representatives of 50 nations met in San Francisco to draw up the Charter of the newly formed United Nations. President Truman addressed the conference saying, “With this Charter the world can begin to look forward to the time when all worthy human beings may be permitted to live decently as free people.”

Jan 30, 2015

One of the founding fathers of this institution, President Franklin Roosevelt, envisioned a world committed to four freedoms - freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.  As the UN prepares to celebrate its 70th anniversary, this vision should guide our efforts – particularly when it comes to women. 

Jan 15, 2015

I cannot begin without addressing the tragic events that took place in France last week in which radical Islamists launched an attack against our way of life.  The slogan of the French Republic is Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité - liberty, equality, and brotherhood.  These are the very values that are being attacked. 

Oct 29, 2014

It is barely a week since this Council met to discuss the situation in the Middle East.  One would think that we have reconvened today to address the rampant violence and bloodshed that plagues the region between the Mediterranean Sea and the Arabian Sea.  After all, the past few days have seen untold suffering. 

Oct 28, 2014

Last week I read a story about Amsha, a Yazidi woman from northern Iraq who was captured by Daesh in August.  Amsha watched in horror as jihadi fighters separated the men.  Her husband was ordered to lie face down on the ground. One by one the jihadists passed over the men and shot them in the head.

Oct 21, 2014

Albert Einstein once said that “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” There is no question that the world is a dangerous place to live. What many fail to realize is thatit will remain dangerous – and become even more dangerous – unless we address the real rootcauses of the violence and instability. Namely, the poisonous ideology of extremism.

Sep 18, 2014

The Jewish philosopher and physician Maimonides said: “The physician should not only treat

the disease, he must also treat the patient who is suffering.” The suffering in West Africa is immense.  The Ebola epidemic has killed thousands of people and new cases are being reported daily.  We must never lose sight of the fact that behind the startling figures and statistics, there are people who are suffering with families that are suffering.

Sep 08, 2014

One of the world’s most-beloved children’s authors, Dr. Seuss once wrote: “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” All children around the world deserve to grow up in an environment where their dignity and human rights are respected and their aspirations are valued.  Yet in too many parts of the world children are targets of violence and casualties of conflict. 

Aug 21, 2014

I speak to you today as a man who has seen and experienced war – both on the battlefield and on the diplomatic field.  My experiences have taught me that war does not begin when the first shot is fired.  War begins when hatred and intolerance go unopposed. 

May 07, 2014

Yesterday, Israel celebrated its 66 anniversary. Across the country, there were parties and picnics, fireworks and festivities. Amidst the joy and celebration, the day was touched by sadness – because right before celebrating Independence Day, Israel observers Memorial Day.

Apr 29, 2014

Next week, Israel will celebrate Yom Haatzmaut, its Independence Day which commemorates the Jewish people’s return to the land of Israel after thousands of years in exile. In the land of Israel, every hill and valley, every stream and ravine is steeped in history.

Apr 25, 2014

In a few months, we will mark 14 years since the Security Council adopted resolution 1325 and four years since it adopted resolution 1960. While these resolutions are the subject of frequent discussions and debates within these halls, sexual violence continues to be used as a tool of subjugation and war.

Feb 19, 2014

In December 2010, a Tunisian police officer confiscated the cart of a young street vendor. This same young man had been harassed by local officials for years. Instead of upholding the law, the police demanded a bribe to return the cart. Humiliated, distraught and denied legal recourse, the young man went to the headquarters of the provincial government and lit himself on fire.

Feb 12, 2014

Jewish tradition places great importance on upholding the sanctity of life. The Talmud famously teaches:

כל המקיים נפש אחת כאילו קיים עולם מלא 

“Whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.” The Talmud goes on to teach that “Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world.”  In Syria, almost 130,000 worlds have been destroyed.

Jan 29, 2014

I stand before you as a man who has seen and experienced war - as a soldier, as a diplomat, and as the father of children who themselves have been sent to war. I speak to you today, drawing from these experiences and as the son of a man who fled Nazi Germany to escape the annihilation of his people.

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