Le chef de la mission israëlienne auprès de l’ONU à New York, Dan Gillerman, est venu au terme de son mandat et est parti sous les vivats de la foule des journalistes étatsuniens et diplomates arabo-musulmans réunis pour célèbrer son départ. L’ambassadeur pakistanais a sans doute épuisé quelques paquets de kleenex, de même que l’ambassadeur palestinien:
Gillerman is considered « a man of people », of small gestures and laughs. He turned on his personal charm on quite a few ambassadors, including those representing countries which have no diplomatic relations with Israel – and even envoys of hostile countries. His first target was Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Munir Akram – a relationship which eventually led to a public foreign ministers’ meeting.
« The Pakistani ambassador was very close to (Pakistani President Pervez) Musharraf, » he recalls in a farewell Ynet interview. « Our first meetings were at shady bars and hidden hotel rooms. He was really afraid that we would be discovered. Overtime, the friendship burst out. He was at our house and we visited their house, we went out together. It turned into a real friendship.
Le Maroc – qu’il a officiellement visité en 1994 – est considéré par lui comme un pays ami (1):
He still refuses to talk about various meetings and discussions he held in the corridors of global diplomacy. He agrees to speak about the relationships he developed with his colleagues from Oman, Morocco and Qatar.
L’idée qu’il se fait de son pays est en tous points conforme à celle de l’idéologie officielle de son pays, et ira droit au coeur des autres pays concernés:
« I know I’m representing a country which is much better than most of the UN members. A country which contributed to the world, not only to itself, more than most of the others. This is why it was important for us to bring to the UN Israeli knowledge in areas like desertification and agriculture, rather than just being a delegation dealing only with the conflict issue. »
Vous savez quoi? Il a raison. Peu d’autres Etats membres de l’ONU font mieux qu’Israël, notamment dans ce secteur-là:
IN ANY CONFLICT, the death of innocent noncombatants is deplorable, and lamented by all. It is the death of children, however, that troubles us the most, for children are seen to be innocent in a way adults are not…
« Egypt is a victim of this attack and we have great sympathy, » he said. « Egypt is just another moderate Arab government just like Morocco, just like Tunisia, who is suffering because of its moderation at the hands of these extremists and fundamentalists who must be eradicated. »