In 27 June 2006, Miriam Ziv, in her role as Deputy Director General for Strategic Affair, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made a presentation to the United Nations Conference to Review Progress Made in the Implementation in the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in all its Aspects.
In it, she decried the proliferation of small arms in the world and called for action to reduce small arms transfers to terrorist groups in the ME threatening Israel. She called for control of transfers of small arms to ‘non-state’ actors. She claimed that Israel had reduced the level of handgun ownership in Israel by one third.
Yet she did not mention that Israel still has a highly armed population particularly in the illegal settlements of the West Bank and that armed settlers are intimidating to the occupied Palestinian population.This undated document shows some of the people who may own handguns in Israel, including armed settlers in the occupied West Bank. Nor did she mention that Israel is one of the primary proliferators of arms in the world, especially drones, and has sold them far and wide, including to the unstable regime of Georgia, and to the autocratic state of Russia. YNET cites a report that claims that 2/3 of Israel’s arms production is exported.
In this light her comments merely seem self serving.
In fact Miriam Ziv seems unable to see Israeli weapons. After the incident with the Free Gaza boat, in which nine people were killed by the Israeli military, Ziv apparently claimed that Israeli soldiers were only armed with paintball guns.