Outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the Security Council for the last time this week, and he made a surprising admission that confirms what has been common knowledge for years: the United Nations is laughably biased against Israel.

Highlights from Ban Ki-moon's final address to the Security Council. Image via UN Watch.
Highlights from Ban Ki-moon’s final address to the Security Council. Image via UN Watch.

Ban placed much of the blame on “decades of political maneuverings [that] have created a disproportionate volume of resolutions, reports and conferences criticizing Israel.” He added that “in many cases, rather than helping the Palestinian cause, this reality has hampered the ability of the UN to fulfill its role effectively.”

Israel’s UN ambassador Danny Danon made this point by simply pointing out that over the past decade “the UN passed 223 resolutions condemning Israel while only eight resolutions condemning the Syrian regime as it has massacred its citizens over the past six years. This is absurd.”

Ban’s remarks were part of a his talk that addressed problems in the region, where he also said that “the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not the cause of the wars in the Middle East, [but] its resolution can create momentum for peace throughout the region.” Ban also lambasted Hamas for its “antisemitic charter that aspires to the obliteration of Israel. Hamas must, once and for all, renounce the use of violence and recognize the right of Israel to exist alongside a Palestinian state, in accordance with all relevant Security Council resolutions and previous agreements between the parties.”

This was not the first time that Ban admitted the UN’s bias against Israel. In 2015, UN Watch unearthed a video from a Model UN convention that Ban addressed in 2013 where he said that “there are some bias[es]” against Israel in the UN.

Despite Ban’s comments, the UN has a long history of bias against Israel, and it remains to be seen if the incoming secretary-general Antonio Guterres will be any different.