Israel responds to accusations made by UN envoy on Monday; Netanyahu: The UN envoy to the Middle East’s remarks to the Security Council distort history and international law and push peace farther away
Israel responded harshly to remarks made by the United Nation’s Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenoy, to the Security Council on Monday. Mladenov claimed before the Security Council that there has been a “surge” in Israeli settlement growth in violation of international law and that Israel continues to disregard “recommendations” by the Quartet Report to end construction in the West Bank.
Mladenov stated on Monday that “It is difficult to read in these actions a genuine intention to work toward a viable two-state solution. This appears to reinforce a policy, carried out over decades, that has enabled over half a million Israelis to settle in territory that was occupied militarily in 1967,” adding that the Quartet’s “recommendations continue to be ignored, including by a surge in Israeli settlement-related announcements and continuing demolitions.”
The Office of Prime Minister Netanyahu responded to his remarks on Tuesday, releasing the statement: 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.”
A spokesman for the Prime Minister stated following Mladenov’s remarks “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.”
Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nation’s, Danny Dannon, responded harshly to the accusations, stating “Israel will continue to build in its eternal capital of Jerusalem, like all other countries continue to build in their capitals without waiting for authorization from the UN. The UN should focus on the main obstacle to a regional solution – the Palestinian refusal to condemn terror and return to the negotiating table.”