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An Open Letter to Ban Ki-moon

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As United Nations secretary-general, you said more than once you were a friend of Israel.

I believed you because I considered you a fair-minded person. Also, having visited many times the Republic of Korea, where you had previously served as foreign minister, I thought an ex-South Korean official, more than most, could understand Israel’s unenviable security situation and difficult policy options.

After all, South Korea and Israel are both countries that began with very little, unleashed remarkable growth and development in a relatively short period, preserved their democratic way of life, and became economic and technological powerhouses.

Yet, at the same time, they faced primordial threats from despotic neighbors developing potent military capabilities and keeping everyone on high alert.

Moreover, those neighbors collaborated with one another. While North Korea was fine-tuning its own nuclear and ballistic missile programs, it was also sharing its lethal technology with Iran and Syria, among other destabilizing actors in the Middle East.

In other words, who more than a South Korean leader should grasp Israel’s position and narrow margin for error?........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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