There are rare moments when political leaders break with tradition and have the courage to speak the truth, even when it flies in the face of protocol. Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis recently showed that kind of courage when speaking about the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA.)
UNWRA, he said last month, “has become part of the problem. It provides ammunition to continue the [Israeli-Palestinian] conflict. For as long as Palestinians live in refugee camps, they will want to return to their homeland.”
Palestinian refugees are the only in the world to have their own dedicated United Nations agency.