Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his country will defy the U.N. resolution that condemns the building of Israeli settlements on land claimed by the Palestinians.
“Israel rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolute at the U.N. and will not abide by its terms,” Netanyahu’s office said Friday in a statement following the approval of the resolution.
The statement went on to trash the U.N Security Council for the creation of the anti-Israel resolution.
“At a time when the Security Council does nothing to stop the slaughter of half a million people in Syria, it disgracefully gangs up on the one true democracy in the Middle East, Israel, and calls the Western Wall ‘occupied territory,” Netanyahu’s statement said.
From The Washington Examiner:
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power similarly faulted the U.N. for targeting Israel with a barrage of hostile resolutions in explaining why the United States would not vote for the resolution. But the ongoing construction of settlements in disputed Palestinian territory, she said, justified allowing it to pass without a veto. “Our vote today is fully in line with the bipartisan history of how American presidents have approached both the issue and the role of this body,” Power said.
Although Obama’s advisers maintained that his team did not make a final decision on whether to veto or abstain from voting on the resolution until Friday, Netanyahu accused them of “colluding” with Israel’s enemies at the U.N.
The statement also trashed President Barack Obama, saying he “failed to protect Israel against this gang-up at the UN.”
Netanyahu’s office ended the statement by expressing Israel’s eagerness to work with President-elect Trump and Congress in order to “negate the harmful effects of this absurd resolution.”
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