The Prime Minister’s Office released the following message in response to the anti-Israel statements released by the United Nations Envoy to the Mideast.
“The UN envoy to the Middle East’s remarks to the Security Council distort history and international law and push peace farther away. Jews have been in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria for thousands of years and their presence there is not an obstacle to peace. The obstacle to peace is the unending attempt to deny the Jewish People’s connection to parts of their historic land and the obdurate refusal to recognize that they are not foreigners there. The claim that Jewish construction in Jerusalem is illegal is as absurd as the claim that American construction in Washington or French construction in Paris is illegal. The Palestinian demand that a future Palestinian state be ethnically cleansed of Jews is outrageous and the UN must condemn it instead of adopting it.”
Similar remarks were heard from Israeli UN Ambassador Danny.
Danon, who stated the remarks made are a “complete disconnect from reality”, adding as all nations continue building in their capitals, Israel will do the same.
UN Mideast Envoy Nickolay Mladenov told the Security Council of the “settlement surge” and the need to halt it. The Quartet, which is comprised of the UN, US, EU and Russia in recent weeks addressed ongoing Israeli “settlement construction” and the need to halt it. Mladenov told the Security Council that the Quartet’s message is being ignored by Israel.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)