Israel Criticizes U.N. Sec-Gen for Signing Condolence Book for Iranian President

By Yoni Weiss

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Israel denounced U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for signing a condolence book at Iran’s mission to the U.N. following the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi last week.

Taking to social media, Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Gilad Erdan wrote, “Antonio Guterres, while you write your condolences for a mass-murdering terror-supporting tyrant, do you bother to give any thought to the thousands he murdered? You bow your head in mourning as the Iranian people continue to be oppressed and the Ayatollah’s proxies rain death and destruction across the region.”

Erdan added, “Stop eulogizing terrorists. Start standing up to them.”

The post included a video of Guterres visiting the Iranian mission and signing the condolence book.

According to Iranian media, nearly 100 international diplomats have signed the condolence book, including U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed of Nigeria.

Raisi, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and six other passengers were killed when their helicopter crashed in a mountainous area of northern Iran in foggy conditions on May 19.

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