After UN Calls Foul Play On Israel, Natanyahu Threatens To Take His Ball And Stomp Back Home
Israel is ready to back out from UN in revenge for resolution
After the United Nations adopted the latest resolution against settlements on Palestinian occupied territory, Israel has reacted with the biggest tantrum ever. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday that Israel will re consider its ties with the United Nations and all of its agencies as a result of the “anti-Israeli” action.
The resolution adopted by the Security Council was passed on Friday after 14 out of 15 countries voted in favour and the United States abstained, breaking entirely with the long tradition of using its veto power in favour of Israel. The decision was referred to by Israel as “shameful”. According to Reuters Netanyahu stated
“I instructed the Foreign Ministry to complete within a month a re-evaluation of all our contacts with the United Nations, including the Israeli funding of U.N. institutions and the presence of U.N. representatives in Israel. I have already instructed to stop about 30 million shekels ($7.8 million) in funding to five U.N. institutions, five bodies, that are especially hostile to Israel … and there is more to come.”
In addition to his threats, Netanyahu has now summoned the ambassadors of all the countries that are currently members of the UN Security Council as a result of backing the resolution adopted. The ambassadors summoned include those to Russia, China, Japan, Ukraine, France, Britain, Angola, Egypt, New Zealand, Uruguay and Spain, but not the one to the U.S. And as explained by The Guardian, the threat has also included economic sanction such as cutting all aid to Senegal; as Netanyahu said
“Those who work with us will benefit because Israel has much to give to the countries of the world. But those who work against us will lose – because there will be a diplomatic and economic price for their actions against Israel.”
“As to the UN, things will be different after Jan 20th. The big loss yesterday for Israel in the United Nations will make it much harder to negotiate peace. Too bad, but we will get it done anyway!”
Other Israeli voices against the resolution have even gone to extreme theories such as Education and Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett who blamed the resolution as an appeal to all terrorist, by saying that
“Thousands of terrorists in the world are looking at the UN resolution and seeing it as a recruitment call. Terrorists will say: ‘people who run over children and those who look to stab Israelis are those who will be profiting.'”
Like that of a spoiled child, Israel’s reaction says a lot about its position and willingness to truly collaborate in the solution of the long conflict it has sustained with Palestine. Which is to say, they’re not willing to do much to ease tensions with their neighbors, preferring instead to play the victim card.
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