Bennett Attacks Netanyahu Over UNSC Vote: Retract Support for Two-state Solution

'The season of mimicry is over: You're either [part of the] national camp and against a Palestinian state, or we're getting UN resolutions against us," hardliner says.

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Education Minister Naftali Bennett at a meeting of his party in the Knesset, December 12, 2016.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett at a meeting of his party in the Knesset, December 12, 2016.Credit: Emil Salman
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Barak Ravid

Habayit Hayehudi leader Naftali Bennett slammed Prime Minister Benjamin Netnayahu on Sunday over the UN Security Council resolution criticizing the Israeli settlements, and called on him to roll back his support for the two-state solution.

"Israel must do some soul-searching over its conduct in the last 25 years, from adopting the Oslo Accords to the Bar-Ilan speech," Bennett said.

"The season of mimicry is over: You're either [part of the] national camp and against a Palestinian state, or we're getting UN resolutions against us. There is no middle ground," Bennett said.

Reiterated his remarks from Saturday evening, Bennett said that he will push for annexation of Ma'aleh Adumim and Area C. Area C is the portion of the West Bank that is under full Israeli control. It includes all of the Israeli settlements.

Friday's vote was able to pass the 15-member council on Friday because the United States broke with a long-standing approach of diplomatically shielding Israel and did not wield its veto power as it had on many times before.

The resolution's two main clauses state that the settlements have "no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law," and call on the nations of the world "to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967."

On Sunday, Netanyahu ordered the Foreign Ministry to summon the ambassadors of the UN Security Council member states on Sunday to reprimand them over the resolution taking Israel to task that passed on Friday.

At the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said that he shares the ministers' anger and frustration over the vote, which he called "hostile and unbalanced."

Netanyahu said that according to information that reached Israel, there was no doubt that the Obama administration was behind the resolution, coordinated its wording and made sure it passes. Netanyahu said this completely contradicted traditional U.S. policy against forcing conditions on Israel via the Security Council and explicit commitment from Obama in 2011 to that effect.

Netanyahu then addressed the minister in English, telling them: "As I told John Kerry on Thursday - friends do not take friends to the Security Council."

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