“Instead of addressing the plethora of critical issues on its slate, the Security Council unfortunately continues to engage in tunnel vision, focusing only on the settlement issue,” said B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs. “This is detrimental to the peace process. UNSC determinations on matters of final status—and there are several—only leapfrog over the need for direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.”
Those representing various regional groups in the Security Council, as well as its four European representatives, reproached Israel, pointing to Israel’s settlement policies as the singular reason for the breakdown of peace negotiations, ignoring, for example, such issues as continued Palestinian incitement against Israel and Jews.
The number of anti-Israel resolutions and continued criticism such as this most recent manifestation of anti-Israel bias grows while the Palestinians continually fail to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state and refuse to return to the negotiating table.
“Any agreement between Israel and the Palestinians will be realized only through direct talks, not imposed through Security Council action,” said Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin. “Only without preconditions can the parties can outline a way forward.”