‘The settlement of Judea and Samaria [West Bank] is a just and moral act and it is legal according to international law,’ Deputy FM Tzipi Hotovely claims.
B’Tselem responded: “This will not deter [us]. We will continue to tell the truth in Israel and abroad: The occupation has to end”
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu severely criticised on Sunday Israeli NGOs for speaking out against illegal Israeli settlements at UN Security Council.
Netanyahu accused the Israeli human rights groups B’Tselem and American Friends of Peace Now of joining the “chorus of slander” against Israel.
The two NGOs participated in a session of the UN Security Council on Friday in which their representatives criticised illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, calling them obstacles to peace.
On his Facebook page, Netanyahu wrote: “What these organisations cannot achieve through democratic elections in Israel, they try to achieve by international coercion,” claiming that the NGOs were “recycling the false claim that ‘the occupation and settlements’” were the reason for the conflict.
Netanyahu pledged to punish B’Tselem as a statement said that he would amend the Israeli National Service Law at the start of the Knesset session so as it will not be possible to do national service with the organisation.
The executive director of B’Tselem Hagai el-Ad said at the UN Security Council session that the occupation controls all aspects of Palestinians’ daily life, and that the Israeli legal system condones the injustice.
Lara Friedman, director of policy at Americans for Peace Now, the sister organisation of the Israeli-based Peace Now, said she agreed to participate in the UNSC session because the climate in Israel for rights groups had become so harsh.
However what the NGOs presented has been a bare fact before the eyes of the whole world, but Netanyahu pledged: “We will continue to defend justice and our state in the face of all international pressure.”
He claimed that “the Palestinians attacked Israel for some 50 years, before there was one settlement. They continue to attack Israel from the Gaza Strip even after we left it completely.”
The arrogant idiot continued: “This proves that the occupation is not the root cause of the problem but rather the ongoing Palestinian refusal to recognise a Jewish state in any borders.”
B’Tselem responded: “This will not deter [us]. We will continue to tell the truth in Israel and abroad: The occupation has to end.”
‘Settlements just, moral act’
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, from Netanyahu’s Likud, also said: “The settlement of Judea and Samaria [West Bank] is a just and moral act and it is legal according to international law. The root of the conflict is the terror, violence and the Palestinian’s refusal to accept Israel’s existence as a Jewish state.”
Extremist MK Yehuda Glick, also from the Likud, accused B’Tselem of “giving up on democracy” since they and other leftist groups and parties have been unsuccessful at winning elections. This, said Glick, explains why “they are acting in coordination with Israel’s worst enemies against her.
The New Israel Fund criticised Netanyahu for purposefully misrepresenting Americans for Peace Now and B’Tselem’s remarks at the Security Council.
“B’Tselem and APN expressed the urgent need to end the occupation. The prime minister is attempting to spin that message as if it were a call for action against Israel,” the Fund said in a statement on Sunday.
(Source / 17.10.2016)