(JNS.org) Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon, addressing a U.N. Security Council meeting Tuesday, said that the Security Council’s vote in December to condemn Israeli settlements has emboldened Palestinian terrorism.
Danon’s comments come in the wake of the Jan. 8 Palestinian truck-ramming terror attack in Jerusalem, which killed four Israeli soldiers.
“Last month the Security Council voted to adopt Resolution 2334 and this chamber erupted into applause, with almost every nation represented voicing its approval of a resolution condemning Israel,” Danon said Tuesday. “Hamas and Islamic Jihad, murderous terrorist organizations who are openly committed to the destruction of the state of Israel, joined the council in welcoming this resolution.”
While making his remarks, the Israeli envoy held a picture of Shir Hajaj, Yael Yakutiel, Erez Orbach and Shira Tzur, the four soldiers killed in the truck-ramming attack. Danon said the Palestinian terrorist who carried out the attack “was led to believe that he could use terror and violence to remove the Jewish people from Jerusalem,” but that he “will not succeed.”
“The day after the Security Council vote, Fatah, the movement of [Palestinian Authority President] Mahmoud Abbas, posted a cartoon on their official Facebook page. It showed a dagger in the shape of a map of Israel, colored with Palestinian flag. Not Judea and Samaria, all of Israel. Under the dagger was a pool of blood and next to it said, ‘Thank you,’ and listed each council member who voted for the shameful resolution,” Danon said, explaining the pattern of Palestinian incitement that inspires terrorism.
Danon also called out the Obama administration, which chose not to veto the resolution against Israeli settlements, noting that the official Palestinian reaction to Secretary of State John Kerry’s defense of America’s abstention from the U.N. vote was, “No to Israel as a Jewish state.”
“The Palestinian leadership received the message,” said Danon. “They now understand that they should continue to spread lies and incitement.”