Israel’s UN Ambassador: West Bank Settlement Criticism Shows “Complete Disconnection” to Facts


After Nicolay Mladenov, the UN’s Middle East envoy, referred to “Israeli settlement expansion” as eroding the possibility of a two-state solution, Danny Danon, Israel’s UN ambassador, called the remarks a “complete disconnection from the facts on the ground.”

“Israel will continue to build in its eternal capital of Jerusalem, just as the nations of the world will continue to build in their capitals without asking the permission of the United Nations. The UN should concentrate on the main obstacle to a solution in the region, which is the Palestinian refusal to condemn terrorism and return to the negotiating table.”

David Keyes, spokesman for Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, said, “It is not the presence of Jews, who have lived in the West Bank and Jerusalem for thousands of years, that is a barrier to peace. Rather, it is the unceasing efforts to deny that historical connection and a refusal to recognize that Jews are not foreign to Judea.┬áThe Palestinian demand to ethnically cleanse their future state of Jews is outrageous and should be condemned by the United Nations instead of being embraced by it.”

{ Israel News Bureau}