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Israel Tells UN Security Council Hamas Attacks Part of Ploy to Gain Political Power in West Bank

The Israeli ambassador to the United Nations claimed during an emergency Security Council meeting on Sunday that the recent attacks by Hamas had been premeditated in order to improve its political standing, as he called on the U.N. body to “unequivocally” condemn the terrorist group for firing rockets at Israeli civilians. The latest wave of violence was “premeditated by Hamas in order to gain political power” at the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) expense, Israel’s Ambassador to the U.N. Gilad Erdan told the 15-member council in a virtual session to discuss the worst outbreak of Israeli-Palestinian violence in years. Erdan claimed that Hamas—which was designated a terrorist group by the U.S. State Department in the 1990s—is attempting to spike tensions in the West Bank after PA President Mahmoud Abbas delayed the first parliamentary elections in over a decade. The terrorist group “looked for another way to seize power. It escalated tensions in …

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