Israel on Sunday roundly rejected the United Nations’ endorsement of an independent state of Palestine, announcing it would withhold more than $100 million collected for the Palestinian government to pay debts to Israeli companies.
It was the second act of reprisal since the U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to support the Palestinians’ statehood initiative. The following day, Israel announced it would start drawing up plans to build thousands of settlement homes, including the first-ever residential developments on a sensitive piece of land near Jerusalem. Actual construction would be years away.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the statehood campaign, led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, as “a gross violation of the agreements signed with the state of Israel.” “Accordingly, the government of Israel rejects the U.N General Assembly decision,” he said. Israel, backed by the U.S., campaigned against the statehood measure, arguing that only negotiations can deliver a Palestinian state.
The money will be used to help pay off the authority’s debts to Israel, including $200 million owed to the state-run Israel Electric Corp....Hitting the Palestinians right in the pocketbook....BRILLIANT! Maybe Israel can give President Obama a few lessons in pocketbook diplomacy. I can think of a few countries we should stop sending money to. I'll bet you can also?
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Here Former UN Amb John Bolton gives his reaction: