United Nations: Israeli blackmail




JERUSALEM, (Xinhua): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Sunday that the Israeli government rejects the upgrade of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) to a non- member observer state in the United Nations.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: "Today we are building and we will continue to build in Jerusalem and in all areas that are on the map of the strategic interests of the State of Israel".

On Friday, the Israeli cabinet decided to increase the construction in east Jerusalem and the West Bank settlements with 3,000 new housing units


On Sunday, prior to the cabinet meeting, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said Israel would suspend monthly tax revenues it collects for the PNA in punishment of the UN bid, a sum of about NIS 460 million (116 million U.S. dollars).

In a vote of 138 to nine and 41 abstentions, the UN General Assembly authorized the PNA's bid to upgrade its status to that of a non-member observer state.


Image: The 'promised land'


Israel, U.S. and U.N.

1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was 'deeply grateful to the United States' after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On  Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

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