The United Nations has once again spouted anti-Israel nonsense. This time, its envoy to the Middle East criticized Israel for its "illegal" settlements. Israel Hayom reports on the Jewish state's swift and harsh rebuke of the U.N., saying the international body is not only "distorting history," but making peace harder to attain:
Briefing the U.N. Security Council via video conference, Nikolay Mladenov urged Israel to end settlement construction and called for joint efforts to restore hope for the two-state solution.
He accused Israel of "ignoring" the recommendations by the Middle East Quartet, comprising the U.S., Russia, the EU and the U.N., seeking to ensure a return to meaningful negotiations.
"Let me be clear: No legal acrobatics can change the fact that all outposts -- whether 'legalized' under Israeli law or not, whether located on state land, or absentee land, or private Palestinian land -- just like all settlements in Area C and east Jerusalem, remain illegal under international law," Mladenov told the Security Council.
A statement by the Prime Minister's Office said Mladenov's remarks "are distorting history and international law and are only pushing peace further away. ... Jews have been living in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria for thousands of years and they are not the obstacle for peace. The obstacle for peace is the Palestinians' incessant attempts to deny the Jews' link to their historical homeland, and their refusal to accept that [Jews] belong here.
"Claiming that Jewish construction in Jerusalem is illegal is as absurd as claiming American construction in Washington or French construction in Paris is illegal," the statement rebuked. "The Palestinian demand for the ethnic cleansing of Jews from a future Palestinian state is appalling and the U.N. should condemn it -- not embrace it."
Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon also condemned Mladenov's remarks, calling them "a reward to the Palestinians..."