U.S. Envoy Nikki Haley: Anti-settlement UN Resolution Impedes Israeli-Palestinian Peace — “The UN is a disproportionately hostile place for the Middle East’s most enduring democracy,” Israel.

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UN Security Council meets on resolution that rejects Trump’s decision to recognize it as Israel’s capital

Noa Landau Dec 18, 2017 5:10 PM
Haaretz

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley speaks in New York, December 18, 2017

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley speaks in New York, December 18, 2017 Kena Betancur / AFP
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The UN Security Council is meeting Monday on a resolution to reaffirm Jerusalem’s status as unresolved, following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize it as Israel’s capital.

 

During the session, UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov spoke about developments in Israel, East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip in 2017, noting settlement growth, number of terrorist attacks, and statistics regarding violence. He cited settlement construction, continued violence against civilians and incitment and the Palestinian reconciliation deal as the main develpoments.

Mladenov provided statistics regarding violence between Israelis and Palestinians, showing that “in 2017, there were 109 shooting, stabbing, ramming and bombing attacks conducted, compared to 223” attacks in 2016. He said that in 2017, “72 Palestinians and 15 Israelis were killed” compared to “109 and 13, respectively, in 2016.” He condemned terror attacks, and criticized “indiscriminate rocket attacks and tunnel construction” by Gaza militants.

 

Mladenov warned of the “growing risk that the parties may revert to more unilateral actions,” and said that the lack of a peace proposal is “undermining moderates and empowering radicals.”

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley noted that a year has passed since resolution 2334 was adopted by the Council, saying that “given the chance to vote again, I can say with complete confidence that the United States would vote no,” and would exercise its veto power. The resolution, which criticized Israeli settlements, passed after the Obama administration chose to abstain.

Haley criticized resolution 2334 saying that while it “describes Israeli settlements as impedicments to peace,” in reality, “it was resolution 2334 itself that was an impediment to peace,” because the Security Council once again acting and “injecting itself” between Palestinians and Israelis. She further added that “if the United Nations’ history in the peace efforts proves anything, it is that talking in New York cannot take the place of face-to-face negotiations between the regional parties. It only sets back the cause of peace, not advance it.”

Haley referred to U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital: “Resolution 2334 demanded a halt to all Israeli settlement activity in East Jerusalem – even in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. This is something that no responsible person or country would ever expect Israel would do. And in this way, Resolution 2334 did what President Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem as the capital of Israel did not do: It prejudged issues that should be left in final status negotiations.”

Haley slammed resolution 2334 for the creation of the BDS blacklist, calling it “an ugly creation of the Human Rights Council: the database of companies operating in Jewish communities,” and calling the list “yet another obstacle to a negotiated peace.”

Haley said that the UN is “a disproportionately hostile place for the Middle East’s most enduring democracy,” Israel.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon attacked the proposed resolution saying that “members of the Security Council can vote another hundred times to criticize our presence in Jerusalem, but history won’t change. While the Jewish people celebrate the holiday of Hanukkah that symbolizes the eternal connection to Jerusalem, there are people who think that they can rewrite history. It’s time for all countries to recognize that Jerusalem always was and always will be the capital of the Jewish people and the capital of Israel.”

He further added that “each country has the right to establish its own capital, but when it comes to Israel, there are people who think that they can cast doubt on our decision. We are grateful to the U.S. for its steadfastness in standing with the State of Israel, and the truth.”

The Palestinian leadership may turn to the UN General Assembly if Washington vetoes the resolution, as expected. The Palestinian United Nations envoy raised this option in remarks published in Saudi daily Arab News on Monday, ahead of a Security Council vote on an Egyptian-drafted resolution about Jerusalem’s status which the United States is expected to veto.

The draft says any “decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded”.

Trump’s December 6 decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the U.S. Embassy to the city has provoked widespread anger and protests among Palestinians as well as broad international criticism, including from top U.S. allies.

Noa Landau
read more: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.829759

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One Response to “U.S. Envoy Nikki Haley: Anti-settlement UN Resolution Impedes Israeli-Palestinian Peace — “The UN is a disproportionately hostile place for the Middle East’s most enduring democracy,” Israel.”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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