Israel’s UN Envoy Tells Security Council Anti-Settlement Resolution Emboldens Terrorists
JNS.org — Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations told the UN Security Council Tuesday that the body’s condemnation of Israeli settlements last month has emboldened Palestinian terrorism.
Danny Danon — who made his comments in the wake of the Jan. 8 Palestinian truck-ramming terror attack in Jerusalem, which killed four Israeli soldiers — said, “Hamas and Islamic Jihad, murderous terrorist organizations who are openly committed to the destruction of the state of Israel, joined the [Security Council] in welcoming” the resolution that labeled eastern Jerusalem — including the Old City’s Jewish Quarter, Western Wall, and Temple Mount — “occupied Palestinian territory.”
“The day after the Security Council vote, Fatah, the movement of [Palestinian Authority Chairman] Mahmoud Abbas, posted a cartoon on their official Facebook page. It showed a dagger in the shape of a map of Israel, colored with [a] Palestinian flag. Not Judea and Samaria — all of Israel. Under the dagger was a pool of blood and next to it said, ‘Thank you,’ and listed each council member who voted for the shameful resolution,” Danon said.
While making his remarks, Danon held a picture of Shir Hajaj, Yael Yakutiel, Erez Orbach and Shira Tzur, the four IDF troops killed in the truck-ramming attack. He said the Palestinian terrorist who carried out the murders “was led to believe that he could use terror and violence to remove the Jewish people from Jerusalem,” but warned that terrorists “will not succeed.”
Danon also called out the Obama administration, which chose not to veto the resolution and has been charged by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with being the architects of the motion. He noted that the official Palestinian reaction to US Secretary of State John Kerry’s defense of America’s abstention from the UN vote was, “No to Israel as a Jewish state.”
“The Palestinian leadership received the message,” said Danon. “They now understand that they should continue to spread lies and incitement.”