Israel 'satisfied' as Palestinian resolution fails

2014-12-31 11:37

Jerusalem - Israel expressed satisfaction on Wednesday after the UN Security Council failed to adopt a controversial resolution on Palestinian statehood setting a 12-month deadline for reaching a final peace deal.

"Every Israeli who wants peace with our neighbours can only be satisfied with the results of this vote," deputy foreign minister Tzahi HaNegbi told public radio several hours after the resolution failed to pass within the 15-member council.

"This deals a blow to efforts by (Palestinian president) Mahmoud Abbas to embarrass and isolate us," said HaNegbi, a close associate of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Eight countries voted in favour, among them three of the council's five permanent members - China, France and Russia - but the resolution fell short of winning the nine "yes" votes necessary for adoption in the 15-member council.

Australia and the United States voted against, and five other countries abstained, including Britain.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Palestinian attempts to secure their long-awaited state through "unilateral" moves at the United Nations would never achieve anything.

"The failure of the Palestinian vote at the Security Council should teach the Palestinians that provocations and attempts to force Israel into unilateral processes will not achieve them anything - quite the opposite," he said in a statement.

He denounced the countries which backed the resolution, particularly "some European states". Tiny Luxembourg joined France in voting for the text.

Lieberman said any state which wanted to see an end to the decades-old Middle East conflict "must act with responsibility and make clear to the Palestinians that decisions can only be taken around the negotiating table".

Public radio said although Israel had narrowly avoided a fiasco, it was only "a short-term victory" which would not halt international pressure for a peace deal with the Palestinians.

The Palestinians have warned that if the resolution failed, they would seek to join a number of international organisations including the International Criminal Court, where they could sue Israeli officials for war crimes.

  • Martin Goodman - 2014-12-31 11:43

    "The Palestinians have warned that if the resolution failed, they would seek to join a number of international organisations including the International Criminal Court, where they could sue Israeli officials for war crimes.” ... This will put the Hamas terrorists and PA in the courts for war crimes that were actually war crimes...This will be good for Israel and not so good for terrorists.

      Goldie Saturnz - 2014-12-31 12:04

      when you say not so good for terrorists, do you mean there will be less or more of them?

      Martin Goodman - 2014-12-31 14:07

      I mean that when hamas terrorists fire more then 3000 missiles into a sovereign states civilian population there must be responsibility . When hamas terrorists use people as human shields there must be justice . When hamas terrorists executed people standing up for their human rights in the street the world must know that Israel is dealing with terrorists that claim to want to destroy the sovereign state as well as murder Jews the world over.

  • Shake Ahead - 2014-12-31 11:48

    Good news

  • maverick.shaddy - 2014-12-31 12:06

    I s r a e l is a stolen state.

      Shake Ahead - 2014-12-31 14:57

      your brain is in stalemate

      John Smith - 2014-12-31 15:17

      Nevermind, Israel got their stolen state back. It has always belonged to them. They are God's chosen people .....always....

      John Smith - 2014-12-31 15:37

      Nevermind the Israeli's got their country back. They are God's chosen race. Love 'em.

  • Reza Ryklief - 2014-12-31 12:19

    Give back their land!

      Helen Slater - 2014-12-31 12:50

      It still belongs to Israel

      Shake Ahead - 2014-12-31 15:06

      yes Helen always will belong to Israel

  • Mark Smith - 2014-12-31 12:22


  • Adam Jackson - 2014-12-31 13:03

    Israel has already given up 3 x its land mass for peace. No more. Jordan occupies the majority of the land that was once Israel. ' Jordan is Palestine and Palestine is Jordan.' King Abdulla of Jordan. Abbas go home. You already hold a Jordanian passport.

  • Shein Ariely - 2014-12-31 13:55

    "Recognize the Israeli Jewish state and declare end of conflict."" 2 simple sentences the Arabs refuse in 1947 and refused today. ***** The main change is that in 2014 the Arabs under Abass leadership require international recognition of the Palestinian state and on the same time to get legitimacy to endless conflict and terror continuation. ****** Between 1948 to 1967 the West bank was occupied by Jordan and Gaza was occupied by Egypt. They didn't form a Palestinian state. The Palestinians didn't demand the Palestinian state. They committed terror attacks against Israeli population by the Fedaiun terrorists and from 1965 by the PLO terrorists. ------- As long as the Palestinian leaders being from PLO or Hamas share the same goal- Israel destruction- there is no chance of peace. Only different types of violence: ***** " we are in line with Hamas opposing Israel's right to exist"" ""Our public statements recognizing Israel’s right to exist to the West are designed “to trick the Americans"" Declared by Mahmud Abass in a meeting with Hamas. ****"If we say that we want to wipe Israel out its too difficult. It’s not acceptable policy to say so. Don’t say these things to the world. Keep it to yourself. Everybody knows that the greater goal cannot be accomplished in one day"" Al Jazeera interview on September 23 2013: **:"The peace talks with Israel are part o ARAB STRATEGY TO ISOLATE ISRAEL and threaten its legitimacy." Palestine Ambassador Abdullah Abdullah in Lebanon.

  • Meyer Groenewald - 2014-12-31 16:11

    God bless Isreal and all its people. What God said He will do, will happen. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He made an eternal covenant with His people and no plan against His people will be successful.

  • Kholekile Nyati - 2014-12-31 19:25

    Goliath has won the battle against David, once again...

  • Mo Mwan - 2015-01-01 02:53

    This world will never be free with the dictator countries like USA France in the UN security council, unless all countries are involved in democratic decision making it will never be free.

  • Louis Oxford - 2015-04-19 22:18

    I think the UN should concentrate on the elimination of the ISIS threat who are also in cahoots with HAMMAS

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