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    The UN Security Council has passed a resolution demanding an end to the construction of Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian territories. The document was passed on Friday with all but one UNSC member voting in favor of it. The United States, which in the past has used its veto on similar resolutions, abstained from the vote.

    Radio Sputnik discussed the issue with director of development and external relations at Israeli NGO Peace Now, Anat Ben Nun. According to her, since Israel condemned the UN resolution, the country’s authorities may answer with more settlements on Palestinian territories.

    “This resolution does something for the Israeli public as the public does not want to be isolated from the international community and it doesn’t want to be isolated from countries in the Western world that it shares values with, like the European states and like the US,” Ben Nun said.

    But she further said that the Israeli public surely sees this resolution as a failure of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

    “Many among the Israeli public do not stand behind the policies of Netanyahu’s government especially lately with the recent promotions of laws legalizing construction of settlements on private Palestinian lands, trying to put in effect Israeli law which doesn’t apply beyond the green line to the West Bank. These are the steps with which majority of Israeli public would not agree with,” the director said.

    She further spoke about the long and short term effects of this resolution and its implications on the Israeli settlements on the territory of Palestine.

    Talking about Donald Trump and whether he could arrange for the resolution to be revised after coming into office on January 20, Ben Nun said, “No, there is no such possibility.”

    “The resolution is already adopted and will remain so. I think it is very difficult to predict what President-elect Trump will do in general. In regard to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict he has been making contradictory statements and so trying to predict what he will do is very difficult,” she said.

    On Friday, the UN Security Council passed a resolution in a 14-0 vote, with the only abstention from the United States, condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

    The resolution states that Israel should immediately and completely cease all settlement activities on "occupied Palestinian territory," including in East Jerusalem.

    Over 500,000 Israeli settlers live in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, which Israel captured during the 1967 war. The settlements are considered illegal by the United Nations.


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      “This resolution does something for the Israeli public as the public does not want to be isolated from the international community and it doesn’t want to be isolated from countries in the Western world that it shares values with, like the European states and like the US...”

      This division among the ranks, has been a matter of public record before, starting with The Forward and Haretz Garde along with some of the French versions of the same publications. The Zionists want him in, the Jews want him out, and there is a difference. They had a chance to do this with the last election. Netanyahu's position has always been "one people, one land". We know whose land he thinks it should belong to. Slowly, but surely, Israel is being hemmed in and not because of the fences that they are building around themselves. There are those Jews who do want to live at peace with the world. But Netanayhu knows, like Begin and Sharon before him, that you have to shed blood to stay in power and, also, to become very, very rich in the process.
    • Mikhas
      There´s no reason to trust any Zionazi squatter in occupied Palestine because he or she knew full well what kind of regime it is, knows about the apartheid knows about the killings the genocide and the wars. So they had a choice but choose to go there anyway or remain and be complicit.
    • flatzee
      "Israel doesn’t want to be isolated from countries in the Western world that it shares values with, like the European states and like the US,” Ben Nun said" well Ben...Israel doesn't have any good values to share with anybody only bad ones! Comparing European and US values to Israel is like night and day!
    • Drain the swamp
      The biggest fake news story the murdoch MSM have been peddling all these years is that "israel wants peace" !! Ever since the appointment of sharon as "Agriculture Minister" the khazar state has been stealthily grabbing land in the West Bank, anybody who desires peace would not be doing that. Next the liars will tell if only hamas would stop rocketing us we would gladly be at the peace table !! Its the height of chosen arrogance, that the rest of the world is somehow less intelligent?! But the bubble will be pricked soon.
    • swamp the drainin reply toDrain the swamp(Show commentHide comment)
      Agree fully!
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      Non-Talmudic Jews, please publicly turn on the evil Talmudists. They don't mean you well any more than the Jewish Bolsheviks (who were also Talmudists) did.
    • American Socialistin reply toMikhas(Show commentHide comment)
      Mikhas, i agree. there are Jews who do not agree with Israel but none of them reside in Israel. The Jews in Israel are there on a voluntary basis and know what type of government it is.
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      “The resolution is already adopted and will remain so. I think it is very difficult to predict what President-elect Trump will do in general. In regard to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict he has been making contradictory statements and so trying to predict what he will do is very difficult,” she said.
      It is propaganda to keep presenting Trump as some sort of unpredictable loose cannon. Mr. Trump has some views regarding Israel that I disagree with. There is a question about how much those views will affect his political decisions. I don't consider that uncertainty regarding future outcomes to be anything uniquely associated with Trump. It is part of being human.
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