Kofi Annan antydet at det ikke vil være mulig å gi palestinske flyktninger enrett til å vende tilbake til dagens Israel. I sin siste tale til Sikkerhetsrådet gikk Annan langt i å kritisere FN for å være for anti-israelsk, og for forståelsesfull overfor palestinsk terror.
In his final address to the Security Council, Annan said, «The two-state solution – Israel and Palestine – must respect the rights of the Palestinian refugees, but only within the context of preserving the character of states in the region.»
Annan also chastised supporters of the Palestinians for their criticism of Security Council actions, where the United States has vetoed most measures critical of Israel.
«Some may feel satisfaction at repeatedly passing General Assembly resolutions or holding conferences that condemn Israel’s behavior,» Annan said. «But one should also ask whether such steps bring any tangible relief or benefit to the Palestinians.»
Describing decades of resolutions and a proliferation of special committees, Annan asked if this had any effect on Israel other than to strengthen the belief «that this great organization is too one-sided to be allowed a significant role in the Middle East peace process.»
«Even worse, some of the rhetoric used in connection with the issue implies a refusal to concede the very legitimacy of Israel’s existence, let alone the validity of its security concerns,» Annan said. «What was done to Jews and others by the Nazis remains an undeniable tragedy, unique in human history.»
But he said that while «Israelis may reply that they are merely protecting themselves from terrorism, which they have every right to do … Israel will receive more understanding if its actions were clearly designed to help end an occupation rather than to entrench it.»
«Israel’s democracy can thrive only if the occupation over another people ends,» he said.
Annan kritiserte den israelske hærens bruk av tunge våpen i tettbygde områder. Men så sa han:
Annan said, however, the Palestinians will not achieve their goal of a forming a sovereign state without renouncing violent acts. «No resistance to occupation can justify terrorism,» he said.