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Statement from ZFA President, Dr. Danny Lamm

Statement on UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements

Dr. Danny Lamm, President of the Zionist Federation of Australia said:

The United States under the outgoing administration in its “lame duck” period has failed to veto a United Nations Security Council Resolution which effectively declares the 1967 lines to be sacrosanct and any building beyond those lines including in the Old City of Jerusalem illegal.

The resolution cuts across the 1967 UNSC Resolution 242 and its call for a negotiated settlement of the conflict between Israel and its neighbours “within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force” and will inevitably make diplomatic efforts to bring about peace more difficult to achieve in the future.

The current Palestinian leadership which has consistently refused to sit down at the negotiation table with Israel in recent years now has absolutely no incentive to do so as a result of the passing of this resolution and will continue to incite its people to violence in spite of it.

In the past two decades, Israel alone has tried to advance the two state solution and resolve final status issues such as the settlements in 2000-2001 and again in 2008 only to be rebuffed by the Palestinian leadership. Yet Israel alone is condemned by the Security Council for a situation which cannot be ended without direct and meaningful negotiations.

In the words of American jurist Alan Dershowitz the failure by President Obama to veto the resolution at this time is “counterproductive to peace and undemocratic in nature,” and should rightly be repudiated.