The United Nations has recently caused a lot of controversy and upheaval after a member of their organization voiced his opinion on Israeli self-defense against Hamas terrorists. In an interview given to the New York Times, Adel Abu-Ali, a Palestinian representative, suggested that it was wrong for Israel to defend itself against Hamas. The Israeli response to this was angry and swift, demanding that the UN address and retract the statement that Abu-Ali made. This is a major problem for the UN. On the one hand, their official stance is one of neutrality when it comes to the Middle-East conflict. On the other hand, one of their members is expressing an opinion which is seen as anti-Semitic and disrespectful to Israel as a country. This has caused a lot of uproar from citizens all over the world who feel that the UN should take a stronger stance against those who express opinions which only serve to weaken the security of Israel. Most people agree that every country has the right to defend itself, regardless of its political beliefs. It is hard to understand why the UN would allow one of its member states to express such a controversial opinion without doing anything about it. It has lead many to question the organization’s commitment to a peaceful resolution of the conflict. At the same time, it is important to note that Abu-Ali is merely expressing his opinion and does not represent the official view of the United Nations. It is also possible that his comments are being taken out of context and that he was simply trying to suggest a different way of looking at the situation. However, the issue is very sensitive and any statement made has the potential to be misinterpreted and lead to further instability in the region. The UN must now find a way to address the controversy caused by Abu-Ali’s comments in order to repair the damage done to their reputation. They must also make it clear that such opinions are not accepted in the UN and that they remain committed to finding a peaceful solution to the Middle-East conflict. It is important to note that the UN’s success at this will depend heavily on the actions of its members, and any statements that undermine the spirit of peace and compromise will not be tolerated.