Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has strongly criticised the US for abstaining from using its Veto power in the UN security council on a resolution presented against Israel and also termed the action as a ‘destructive attack’ on Israel. Prime Minister Netanyahu has also condemned the decision of the UN by terming it as shameful and has also issued orders to discontinue the funds being provided to the UN. Meanwhile, the US Secretary of State John Kerry supported the US decision by stating that the construction by Israel on the West Bank is inciting terrorism.
Two days back, a vote was held in the United Nations Security Council for a resolution against the Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel had expected the US and its European allies to vote in its favour in this crucial vote. As the US, Britain and France are traditional allies of Israel and also hold a veto power in the UN, the resolution was unlikely to go against Israel.
However, the U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power was not present at this vote. Thus, the resolution that claimed the Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank to be unlawful was passed. The resolution is claimed to be a great victory for the Palestine Government. This has further widened the rift between the US and Israel relations.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Netanyahu lashed out on the US and criticised it over this non-cooperation. He has accused the US to have launched a destructive attack on Israel by supporting the shameful UN resolution. Israeli media claims that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s response is quite fierce.
The Israeli Prime Minister has issued orders of return to the foreign ambassadors of New-Zealand and Senegal, countries that supported the resolution. Prime Minister Netanyahu has also cancelled the official visit of Foreign Minister of Senegal to Israel.
Prime Minister Netanyahu strongly criticised the UN too. He targeted the US and UN by saying that lakhs of people have been killed in Syria while thousands have been murdered in Sudan and yet amidst the unrest in the Middle East, the Obama Administration and the UN feel like taking action against the only democratic country in the Middle East.
Prime Minister Netanyahu has issued orders to its Foreign Ministry to rethink all sorts of currently established co-operations and communications with the UN. Israel provides a financial aid worth 97 million dollars to various UN organisations. This aid is to be terminated as per orders issued by Netanyahu to the Foreign ministry. The orders issued by Prime Minister Netanyahu clearly suggest that Israel has prepared to back out of its ties with the UN.
The US Secretary of State John Kerry recently disclosed that Israel’s ongoing construction on the West Bank and East Jerusalem was encouraging terrorism against Israel which has challenged the peace in the Middle East. However, Israel has rebuked the claims made by John Kerry. Netanyahu has proclaimed to re-establish relations with Israel’s friend and the US President-elect, Donald Trump. Nevertheless, Donald Trump has expressed his disagreement on the US stance adopted on the UN resolution against Israel and criticised the Obama administration. However, Donald Trump has assured that the situation would change after the 20th of January and conveyed the message that after coming to power as the US President, he would firmly stand by Israel.