Israel suspends ties with U.N. Human Rights Council (CNN) Cable News Network) From Kareem Khadder JERUSALEM, ISRAEL 03/26/12)
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Jerusalem (CNN) -- Israel has decided to suspend all working ties
with the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, and will
not cooperate with the council´s plans for an investigation of Jewish
settlements in Palestinian territories, Israel´s foreign ministry
spokesman told CNN Monday.
"Working relations, participating in debates and discussion and
exchanging papers, sending information and requesting information,
and organizing visits and so on and so on, this is all suspended,"
Yigal Palmor said about the decision by senior management of the
The move came in response to a resolution by the Human Rights Council
to establish a "Fact Finding Mission on the Influence of Settlements
on Palestinians," the Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a posting on
its website. It described the move as "yet another surrealistic
decision from the workshop of a council that is instrumentalized as a
tool to push for one-sided politicized moves instead of promoting
It accused the council of seeking "to satisfy the Palestinians´ whims
and to harm future chances to reach an agreement through peaceful
The statement said that turning to international bodies "is a breach
of concluded Israeli-Palestinian agreements." It said Palestinians
should resume "direct and unconditional negotiations on all core
issues within the framework of a comprehensive agreement" if they
want to solve the settlements issue."Their deliberate choice to
foster confrontation and provocation rather than compromise and
reconciliation is nothing but a destructive strategy that the
international community should firmly reject."
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Palmor said the Israelis were discussing possible punitive measures
against the Palestinians.
But Mohamad Shtayeh, senior Palestinian negotiator, dismissed the
uproar and the threat. "We know Israel is not in a position to take
any measures against the Palestinian Authority because the
Palestinian Authority is taking peaceful measures to protect its land
and its people and this is something very legitimate and legal under
international law," he said.
In a statement communicated by the media adviser to Benjamin
Netanyahu, the prime minister berated the council as "hypocritical"
and said it "ought to be ashamed of itself."
In Washington, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said
the United States had "vigorously opposed the resolution" on the
settlements as counterproductive.
"It´s just going to distract efforts to help parties resolve the
issue directly, which is what has to happen here, and it takes up
time and limited resources that the council ought to be spending on
other issues," she said. (© 2012 Cable News Network 03/26/12)
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