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Netanyahu: We Reject ‘Shameful Anti-Israel Resolution’

By Staff

The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a harsh statement on Friday criticizing the United Nations Security Council’s vote in favor of a resolution condemning Israeli activity in the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights, and eastern Jerusalem.

Israel rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolution at the UN and will not abide by its terms. 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.” The Obama administration not only failed to protect Israel against this gang-up at the UN, it colluded with it behind the scenes. Israel looks forward to working with President-elect Trump and with all our friends in Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike, to negate the harmful effects of this absurd resolution.

The resolution passed 14-0 with the United States abstaining. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power chose not to use her veto privilege, which would have blocked the resolution.

Netanyahu’s comments were echoed by Yair Lapid, the former Finance Minister who now leads one of Israel’s biggest opposition parties. Speaking to reporters before the Security Council vote on Friday, Lapid warned that the resolution will create “a tailwind for violence and terror.”

He added that there was “no coalition or opposition” in the Israeli government when it came to this issue, as the entire political establishment holds similar views. Because the resolution also condemns activity in eastern Jerusalem, “there is no Israeli government, ever, that can accept that,” he said.

The Obama administration’s decision not to use its veto power was also heavily criticized by leaders of President Barack Obama’s own party, including incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

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