Netanyahu: I’m not interested in what UN says about settlement construction


As criticism of Israel’s intention to move ahead with construction plans in the West Bank and East Jerusalem mounts, the PM says in a TV interview that it is Israel’s right to build in Jerusalem.


Amid increasing international criticism of Israel’s recent approval of construction plans in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a television interview Friday that he is not interested in what the UN has to say about the subject.

Following the UN vote granting the Palestinians non-member status, Israel announced plans to advance a long-frozen project for the E-1 corridor, which links the city of Jerusalem with the settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim. The Netanyahu government also announced plans to build 3,000 new residential units beyond the green line.

Criticism of these reached as far as the UN this week, when on Wednesday fourteen members of the UN Security Council condemned Israel for its intention to move ahead with construction in E-1, as well as with building new settler homes. On Tuesday the U.S. State Department accused Israel of engaging in a “pattern of provocative action” that runs counter to statements from Israeli leaders that they are committed to peace.

In Friday’s Channel 2 interview, Netanyahu said construction is a matter of principle. “We live in a Jewish state, and Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. The Western Wall is not occupied territory. We will build in Jerusalem because this is our right. What the UN says doesn’t interest me.”

Asked whether the recent announcements were a political maneuver ahead of the January elections, and whether they were made on the advice of the Likud party’s political strategist, Arthur Finkelstein, Netanyahu countered that this is a matter of government policy. Such assertions are “urban legends,” he added.

Netanyahu also responded to comments by leader of right-wing party, Habayit Hayehudi, Naftali Bennett, on Thursday, that he would refuse IDF orders if he were told to evacuate a settlement.

Bennett told Channel 2 on Thursday: “If I receive an order to evict a Jew from his house and expel him, personally, my conscience wouldn’t allow it. I’d ask my commander to exempt me. But I wouldn’t publicly call for disobeying orders.”

Netanyahu told his interviewers, “Anyone who insists on refusing IDF orders will not be a minister in my government.”

  1. #1 by Blake on 12/22/2012 - 9:34

    The chutzpah of the squatter fuhrer

  2. #2 by Naeem on 12/22/2012 - 9:34

    The psychopath has spoken and he knows full well that the US will veto any resolution that is hazardous to the satanic state and basically it gives the israelis impunity to commit heinous crimes.

  3. #3 by harry shade on 12/22/2012 - 9:34

    The silence of the “international community” in the face of such arrogant disregard of international laws leaves me speechless. The English language lacks a word to properly describe Nut-in-Yahoo.

  4. #4 by Matthew/Boston on 12/22/2012 - 9:34

    C’mon Washington! Grow a set! Link aid to Israel with illegal settlements.

  5. #5 by ruby22-kate on 12/23/2012 - 9:34

    I think he could be described succinctly: the literal anti-Christ, from Tel Aviv via USA.

  6. #6 by Bob on 12/23/2012 - 9:34

    “C’mon Washington! Grow a set! Link aid to Israel with illegal settlements.”

    In the past Washington’s stern response was to deduct from US aid to Israel an amount equal to Israeli government spending on illegal settlements….of course this was a joke because AIPAC merely had additional funding added to aid to Israel to offset the “deductions” for settlement activity, hence no real penalty at all. I’m sure the Israelis all had a good laugh about that one.

  7. #7 by Al on 12/23/2012 - 9:34

    Only ‘Adolf Hitler’ knew how to talk with these people…

  8. #8 by ruby22-kate on 12/23/2012 - 9:34

    Why would Netanyahu & the squatter squadron care about UN response? They haven’t the inclination to change and nothing but the proverbial shoe up their a** and other physically violent actions will bring about a new focus.

    Israelis haven’t had so much as a very mild tap on their knuckles, change will happen when they realize that the US does not back their criminal behavior and will(hopefully) punish further Israeli transgressions.

  9. #9 by lolathecur on 12/24/2012 - 9:34

    From the Nile to the Euphrates. BAAL said so. That settles it….if you are a BAAL worshipper.

  10. #10 by Isaac on 12/24/2012 - 9:34

    “The UN granting the Palestinians a NON-MEMBER status. Correction: “The UN granted the Palestinians A NON-MEMBER STATE” status as an observer.
    The US State Department “ACCUSED ” Israel in engaging in a patern of provocations. Can you believe that?. I think all this is a CIRCUS. The State Department and the whole government are controlled by the Zionists. We are all controlled by the diabolical forces of the Zionists.

  11. #11 by Paulo Henrique on 12/24/2012 - 9:34

    Welcome what comes in name of unknow god.

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