New York, NY, January 9, 2009 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called the U.N. Security Council Resolution on a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas "deeply flawed" and "the wrong resolution at the wrong time."
ADL also expressed disappointment that the United States voted to abstain rather than veto.
Glen S. Lewy, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
U.N. Security Council Resolution 1860 is deeply flawed and falls far short of offering a realistic approach to ending Hamas' reign of terror against Israel. It lacks the kind of clarity needed to actually accomplish a "durable" ceasefire and fails to address the fundamental need to stop once and for all Hamas' ability to launch rockets on Israel and smuggle weapons and munitions into Gaza.
Before the ink was dry, Hamas let the world know what it thinks of the resolution by continuing to launch more than 30 rockets and mortars aimed at densely populated communities in southern Israel.
We were surprised that the United States allowed this flawed resolution to be adopted by voting to abstain rather than veto. At a time when Israel is engaged in defending its citizens against the brutality of Hamas terrorism, which has unleashed an outpouring of anti-Semitic rhetoric, threats and intimidation and violence in the U.S. and around the world, we expected the Administration to abide by its longstanding commitment to fighting global terrorism and the scourge of anti-Semitism and Israel's role on the front lines of that fight. This is the wrong resolution at the wrong time.