İlknur Şebnem Öztemel – TDO– On Friday, UNSC released a resolution that orders Israel to end illegal Jewish settlement to Palestinian territory, immediately and totally.Following the event Israeli Minister of Energy, Yuval Steinitz, said that the resolution was not against the settlement, it was against Israel and Jewish people. He added USA lost its only ally in the Middle East. Also Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned envoys of Britain, China, Russia, France, Egypt, Japan, Uruguay, Spain, Ukraine and New Zealand to the Foreign Affairs Ministry. USA abstained in the voting rather than veto as usual.
Actually Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of the State John Kerry had a phone conversation on Thursday, to prevent the resolution as ‘’ Friends do not take friends to UNSC’’.President-elect Donald Trump successfully pressed Egypt to drop the anti-settlement resolution it had put forward. Later, it was submitted by New Zealand, Senegal, Venezuela and Malaysia.
It has been revealed that Netanyahu ordered his ministers to refrain from traveling to or meeting with representatives of the states that was in favor of the resolution, until President-elect Donald Trump takes the office.
Israel has pursued a policy of constructing settlements on territory of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem where it has captured in 1967, from its Arab neighbors.Palestinians seek to establish a state on the same territory. Most countries view the settlement activity as illegal and an obstacle to peace. On the other hand Israelcitesto biblical and historical connections to the West Bank and Jerusalem as well as itssecurity interests.