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President Rivlin's comments on the UNSC vote

24 December 2016

President Rivlin's comments on the UNSC vote

(Communicated by the President's Spokesperson)

 

Following are President Reuven Rivlin's comments on testerday's UNSC vote:

 

 

“United Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel and so it will remain. There is no international body with the power to revoke this status.

 

This disgraceful, serious, and unfortunate decision taken by the UN causes diplomatic damage to Israel. This is a decision which brings us no nearer to negotiations with the Palestinians, but rather makes such a prospect even more distant. There has never been and will never be a replacement for direct negotiations between the two sides.

 

We expected that the United States - our greatest ally and friend which has stood unwavering on the side of Israel's security needs throughout the years - would stand by us at this time and not abandon us, leaving us in the hands of a cynical body driven by alien interests.

 

The third light of Chanukah, I will light in Beit El together with the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria.”