Israeli Ex-Defense Minister Slams Netanyahu Over Reaction on UN Resolution

Israeli Ex-Defense Minister Slams Netanyahu Over Reaction on UN Resolution

MIDDLE EAST 23:53 28.12.2016

Ex-Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon criticized on Wednesday the reaction of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the recent UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement policy.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — “Following the shameful decision of the Security Council, and America’s deviation from its strong bond with Israel, both of which are worrisome, diplomatic maneuvering is required and not losing one’s head and harming our own international relations with empty words of national pride… We must speak to our friends around the world even when we disagree with them, and even when we’re angry, and not boycott or punish them… I have no doubt that more responsible leadership could have prevented [the resolution],” Yaalon said as quoted by The Jerusalem Post newspaper.

On December 23, the UN Security Council passed a resolution in a 14-0 vote, with the only abstention from the United States, condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The resolution states that Israel should immediately and completely cease all settlement activities on “occupied Palestinian territory,” including in East Jerusalem.

On December 24, Netanyahu canceled invitation of Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman after Kiev voted in favor of the resolution.

On Tuesday, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said that Israel was temporarily restricting contacts with countries that voted last week in the UN Security Council to support a resolution against Israeli settlements in the West Bank.