Expressing anguish at the recently passed UN resolution demanding the halt of settlement activity by Israel on occupied Palestinian territory, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called the resolution shameful and anti-Israel. He also said that Israel will not abide by the resolution.
The UN resolution was adopted Friday with 14 votes after the United States abstained from voting. After the vote, a senior Israeli official had accused the United States of abandoning the Jewish state with its refusal to block the resolution with a veto, reports the CNN.
Israel’s UN ambassador, Danny Danon, reacted angrily to the vote and issued a sharp parting shot at the Obama administration’s role. “It was to be expected that Israel’s greatest ally would act in accordance with the values that we share and that they would have vetoed this disgraceful resolution. I have no doubt that the new US administration and the incoming UN Secretary General will usher in a new era in terms of the UN’s relationship with Israel,” he said.
In a statement, Netanyahu’s office accused the Obama administration of “colluding” with the UN and said it looked forward to working with Trump, as well as Israel-friendly members of Congress, “to negate the harmful effects of this absurd resolution.”
The United States and most other nations consider Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as an obstacle to the hopes of a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians.