The international body has restated what most Israelis wantby Jay Elwes / December 24, 2016 / Leave a comment
Benjamin Netanyahu has dominated Israeli politics since the 1990s. Speak to people on the left in Israel and even those who detest their Prime Minister admit to grudging admiration for the man who has made “left wing” into a political insult. You will hear him called a “genius,” even by those that hate him.
The political equilibrium he has achieved has been an uneasy one. There has been no third intifada, but there has also been no peace process. To bring about a pause in the chaos of Israeli Arab politics is itself an achievement, but it is not enough. Throughout the Obama presidency, Netanyahu has operated a policy of status quo. The UN vote in favour of Resolution 2334 is a direct challenge to his hold on events.
The Resolution, allowed to pass after the US abstained from the vote, has brought Netanyahu to a state of fury. He has recalled his ambassadors from New Zealand and Senegal. Aid programmes have been cancelled. The PM himself has taken to Twitter, and noted that Obama will soon be replaced by—in his view—a more favourable president. The outer reaches of the US right have also weighed in with their objections to the vote.
The Resolution that triggered this anger is by contrast a very meek series of statements. First, it: “reaffirms that the establishment of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-state solution and a just,…