“This is a wise, deliberate and vigorous reaction, a natural response of a healthy nation, which makes it clear to the nations of the world that what took place at the United Nations is not acceptable to us … Israel is the country with national pride, and we will not turn the other cheek,” Netanyahu said on Monday.
According to the prime minister, a tough response will change the way Israel is treated by other countries.
“There is no political wisdom to curry favor. Our relations with other countries will not only be unaffected but shall improve over time since other countries respect strong states that are ready to stand up for themselves, and they do not respect weak nations that curry favor and bow their heads,” the prime minister stressed.
On December 23, 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 are estimated to be living in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, which Israel captured during the 1967 war. The settlements are considered illegal by the United Nations.