Netanyahu: UNSC resolution determines Western Wall is occupied territory
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Saturday night to “overcome” the UN Security Council’s resolution against Israel saying it is “absurd to call the Western Wall occupied territory.”
“The resolution passed in the UN yesterday is distorted and disgraceful, but we will overcome it,” Netanyahu said during a lighting ceremony for the first candle of Hanukkah in front of wounded IDF soldiers, disabled veterans and terror victims.
“The resolution determines that the Jewish Quarter (in Jerusalem) is occupied territory. It determines that the Western Wall, the Kotel, is occupied territory. There is no greater absurd than that,” he said.
Israeli government officials said Washington’s decision to abstain from the vote and not veto the resolution “was President Obama’s final ploy. This is an act that exposed the administration’s true face.”
“Now it is easier to understand what we’ve been dealing with over the past eight years,” one of the officials said. “This move was expected. Prime Minister Netanyahu warned it might come. There were also discussions in the cabinet about it.”
The government officials also claimed the US had a hand in writing and promoting the resolution. “We know this from Arab and international sources,” one official said.
“President-elect Trump, the US Congress and the Jewish organizations have all worked to try and prevent this move by the Obama administration,” a government official added. “As some of the Congressmen said, they’re considering legislation against the countries that promoted the move.”
Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz told Ynet on Saturday night that “the Obama administration has decided to abandon Israel to the anti-Israeli trend in the UN. This wasn’t an anti-settlement resolution, it was an anti-Israel resolution.”
Education Minister Naftali Bennett called the resolution “the direct result of the Oslo policy of concessions and withdrawals, and is destined to be thrown into history’s trash can like resolutions that came before it. This is the time to make a U-turn, it’s time to move from withdrawals to sovereignty. We must apply Israeli law in Ma’aleh Adumim, the Jordan Valley, Ofra and all of Area C as soon as possible.”