|Israel’s Reaction to UN General Assembly Resolution|
(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
Israel adamantly rejects the decision taken by the Special Emergency Session of the United Nations on October 20. This resolution is totally one-sided and completely ignores numerous incidents such as the lynch in Ramallah and the desecration of Joseph’s Tomb and the ancient synagogue in Jericho, as well as the ongoing acts of violence on the part of the Palestinians. This decision also ignores the fact that the Palestinian Authority planned and initiated these acts and is responsible for not implementing the commitments it took on at the Sharm el-Sheikh Summit. The Palestinians, including the police and Tanzim organization working directly with the PA, are using live ammunition on all fronts against Israeli citizens. Furthermore, they send women and children to confront Israelis.
The decision also chose to ignore the Israeli government’s willingness, as displayed during the Camp David Summit, to take dramatic and painful decisions in order to advance the peace process, as opposed to the unwillingness of Arafat and the Palestinian leadership to make the necessary decisions.
The decision taken today by less than half of the U.N. membership does not contribute to the efforts to calm the situation and to cease the violence by the Palestinians, in accordance with the Sharm el-Sheikh Summit summary statement.
The government of Israel will do all it can to stabilize the situation, and expects the Palestinian leadership to do likewise.