Ambassador Prosor focused his remarks on Syria and called on the international community to take decisive action: "We cannot sit comfortably in this Chamber discussing the protection of civilians in armed conflict when, before our eyes, the crisis in Syria has reached catastrophic proportions."

 Amb Prosor addresses UN Security Council on Syria

 

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On February 12, 2014 Israel Ambassador Ron Prosor addressed the UN Security Council on the "Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict." In his speech, he focused on Syria and called on the international community to take decisive action.

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

Israel’s ambassador also said: "We cannot sit comfortably in this Chamber discussing the protection of civilians in armed conflict when, before our eyes, the crisis in Syria has reached catastrophic proportions. The Syrian people cannot wait as the wheels of diplomacy spin in the mud of debates and dialogues."

He then called on the Security Council to act now: "We share the fundamental responsibility to protect civilians from the three ‘T’s – terror, torment and tyranny. We must set aside our differences and make a lasting change for generations to come. The clock is ticking and time is running out. It is time to stop talking and take decisive action. Every life we save is a world unto itself. No nation is free from responsibility. I call on each and every one to act now."​