Israel to ‘reassess’ ties with UN, says Benjamin Netanyahu

27-12-2016 15:50

Source: The Guardian


Israel will reassess its ties with the UN following the adoption by the security council of a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building, the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has announced.


The vote was able to pass the 15-member council on Friday after the US broke with a longstanding approach of diplomatically shielding Israel and did not wield its veto power as it had many times before – a decision that Netanyahu called “shameful”.


“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 UN institutions and the presence of UN representatives in Israel,” Netanyahu said on Saturday.


“I have already instructed to stop about 30m shekels (£6.3m) in funding to five UN institutions, five bodies, that are especially hostile to Israel … and there is more to come,” he said.


The Israeli leader did not name the institutions or offer any further details.


Defying heavy pressure from longstanding ally Israel and the president-elect, Donald Trump, for Washington to use its veto, the US abstained in the security council decision, which passed with 14 votes in favour.


Israel has for decades pursued a policy of constructing Jewish settlements on territory captured by Israel in a 1967 war with its Arab neighbours, including the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.


Most countries view Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as illegal and an obstacle to peace. Israel disagrees, citing a biblical connection to the land.

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