It has been reported Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reaching out to President-elect Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress in an effort to prevent the Obama administration from what the Israeli government fears is an American attempt to have the U.N. Security Council pass more resolutions against Israel and for the Palestinian state.The Times Of Israel reported the Netanyahu government was mad that the Security Council on Friday condemned Israel’s settlement activities when the US failed to veto the resolution.
Netanyahu held a 40-minute meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro on Sunday evening after summoning him to explain why the United States abstained on the resolution allowing it to pass. He also summoned all of the envoys of the other countries with representatives to Israel who voted for the resolution, which passed 14-0.
Israel has said the measure is biased against them and is only an attempt by the Palestinians to delegitimize the Jewish state and avoid any direct negotiations. Critics of the resolution say it will only harden positions and make an attempt at a peaceful solution to the conflict much more difficult.
Netanyahu has reportedly been reaching out to Trump and the members of Congress in an attempt to have the new administration make it clear that a Trump White House will economically harm those nations which vote against Israel in future U.N. resolutions.
Another sign of Israel’s defiance of the resolution is the Jerusalem Municipality this week will approve new housing in large Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem that were built after Israel captured the areas in the 1967 war.In addition, Netanyahu went to the Western Wall on Sunday evening on the second night of Hanukkah and light the menorah there. The Western Wall is Judaism’s holiest site and it is the outer wall of the Second Temple which stood on the plateau above it until destroyed by the Romans 2,000 years ago and it was part of the territory Israel won in the 1967 war and is thus covered by the resolution. A Jewish temple first stood on the site 3,000 years ago, long before Islam or Christianity existed.
On Sunday, Netanyahu posted the following on his Facebook page:
My remarks on the second night of Chanukah, this evening, at the Western Wall: ‘I did not plan to be here this evening but in light of the UN resolution I thought that there was no better place to light the second Chanukah candle than the Western Wall. According to the UN resolution, the Maccabees did not liberate Jerusalem, they occupied Palestinian territory. According to the UN resolution, the villages that they started out from in the Modi’in area, those villages and that area were ‘occupied Palestinian territory’.
Of course the Palestinians arrived much later. We were in these places. We will return to these places and I ask those same countries that wish us a Happy Chanukah how they could vote for a UN resolution which says that this place, in which we are now celebrating Chanukah, is occupied territory.
The Western Wall is not occupied. The Jewish Quarter is not occupied. The other places are not occupied either. Therefore, we do not accept, nor can we accept, this resolution. We are certain of our future just as we are certain of our past. And here I would like to light Chanukah candles on behalf of the Glory of Israel. Happy Chanukah.’