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Netanyahu orders review of relations with UN after settlement vote

یکشنبه 05 دي 10:22
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday he had ordered Israel's Foreign Affairs Ministry to review relations with the United Nations, including the presence of UN representatives in Israel and financing for several institutions that are "particularly hostile."
Netanyahu orders review of relations with UN after settlement vote

According to Rapporteur Report From, EFE, Link, The decision comes after the UN Security Council passed a resolution Friday demanding an immediate end to Israel's policy of building settlements on occupied Palestinian territory.

The resolution, which stated that Israel's construction of housing in East Jerusalem and the West Bank was a "flagrant violation under international law" that imperiled the viability of a two-state solution, passed because the United States opted not to use its veto power to block it.

Adopting a particularly defiant tone, Netanyahu said on a live television broadcast that the resolution was "absurd" because it states that the Jewish quarter and the Western Wall - holy Jewish sites within East Jerusalem's Old City - are occupied.

He listed the measures his administration has adopted in recent hours against New Zealand and Senegal, which sponsored the resolution along with Malaysia and Venezuela.

The Israeli prime minister noted that he had recalled Israel's ambassadors to those two countries for consultations and canceled aid programs to Senegal, a nation in West Africa.

Netanyahu also announced that Israel would immediately halt around 30 million shekels (roughly $7.8 million) in funding for UN institutions, all of which, according to the Foreign Ministry, are dedicated to resolving the Palestinian problem.

The Israeli prime minister, who on Friday termed the US decision not to exercise its veto power "shameful," leveled more criticism at President Barack Obama on Saturday.

"All the American presidents after Carter have stood by the US promise not to allow the UN to force Israel to do anything. Yesterday, US President Barack Obama violated this promise," Netanyahu said.

He said, however, that he looked forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, who criticized the US decision to abstain from the vote, to "negate the harmful effects of this absurd resolution."

Washington used its veto to block a similar resolution in 2011, but Obama, who has taken a harder line on the settlements in recent months, ignored a public appeal from Trump to do likewise this time.

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, said Washington declined to veto the resolution because the Israeli government has ramped up construction of settlements to the point that it threatens the two-state solution.

"Today the Security Council reaffirmed its established consensus that settlements have no legal validity," the ambassador said. "The United States has been sending a message that settlements must stop privately and publicly for nearly five decades."

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