The Prime Minister of Israel rejected the decision of the Fourth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, requesting a legal advisory opinion from the Court of Justice on the Palestinian territories.
And 98 countries voted in favor of the resolution, and 17 opposed it, including Israel and the United States, while 52 countries abstained from voting.
The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement on Saturday evening, saying: “Israel strongly rejects the Palestinian draft resolution. This is another unilateral Palestinian step that works against the basic principles that would resolve the conflict, and it may harm every possibility of a peace process in the future.”
And he considered that “the Palestinians want to replace the negotiations with unilateral steps, and they are using the United Nations once again to attack Israel.”
He added, “This step will not change the reality on the ground, nor will it provide anything for the Palestinian people, and it may cause an escalation. Support for the Palestinian step is nothing but a prize for the terrorist organizations and the anti-Israel campaign.”
He continued, “We call on all countries that supported the draft resolution to reconsider their position and reject it within the framework of the vote that will take place in the General Assembly. The way to resolve the conflict does not pass through the corridors of the United Nations or through other international institutions.”
Well-informed Palestinian sources told Al-Ain news that the United States exerted pressure on the Palestinian Authority to withdraw the resolution from the vote, but to no avail.
She indicated that US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke by phone last week with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to withdraw the resolution from the vote, but he did not accept his request.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid had asked the United States to intervene to prevent a vote on the resolution.
Riyad Al-Maliki, the Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs, confirmed, on Friday evening, “The adoption of the Fourth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, which is the committee on political issues and decolonization, Palestine’s decision to request a legal advisory opinion, and an advisory opinion from the highest international judicial body, from the International Court of Justice on the existence of The Israeli occupation of the land of the State of Palestine, including Jerusalem.
In a statement received by Al-Ain news, Al-Maliki welcomed the unanimous vote of the member states of the United Nations in favor of the “resolution of Israeli practices and settlement activities that affect the rights of the Palestinian people.”