JERUSALEM (AFP) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday welcomed a US dedication to vote for the first time in direction of an annual UN determination condemning Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights.
“I want to thank President (Donald) Trump and Ambassador (Nikki) Haley on this important and easily vote that is absolutely in keeping with my protection,” Netanyahu acknowledged at first of a cabinet meeting.
“Israel will on a regular basis keep on the Golan Heights, and the Golan Heights will on a regular basis keep in our palms.”
The US voted in direction of the United Nations determination on Friday, dropping its practise of abstaining.
The non-binding textual content material was adopted in a Widespread Assembly committee by a vote of 151 to 2, with the US and Israel the one two worldwide areas opposing the measure. Fourteen worldwide areas abstained.
Haley known as the choice “ineffective” and “plainly biased in direction of Israel”, citing points about Iran’s navy operate in Syria to oppose the measure.
The vote continues US practise beneath Trump of adopting firmly pro-Israel positions.
In September, US ambassador to Israel David Friedman acknowledged he expects the Golan Heights to remain beneath Israeli administration “with out finish”.
Israel seized a number of the Golan Heights from Syria in a 1967 warfare and later annexed it in strikes certainly not recognised by the worldwide neighborhood.
The choice declares that the Israeli dedication to occupy and annex the Golan was “null and void”, and calls on Israel to rescind its strikes.