Aharon Leshno Yaar, Permanent Representative of the Mission of Israel to the United Nations in Geneva, called the decision of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to “investigate the implications” of Israeli actions in Judea, Samaria and east Jerusalem “unjustified” and “counterproductive.”
He said the decision only “add[s] tension and bitterness to an already explosive situation” and that [t]his Council, by its own doing, is adding fuel to a fire which is our duty to try and extinguish.”
Yaar continued to note that he is “perplexed if not shocked with the level of hypocrisy and double standards that have taken root in this room and refuses to go away.”
The Israel Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying, “The resolution by the Human Rights Council to establish a ‘Fact Finding Mission on the Influence of Settlements on Palestinians’ is 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 human rights.
“While all over the Middle East human rights are violated in an unprecedented scale, the HRC ridicules itself by dedicating its time and resources to establish a superfluous and extravagant body whose sole purpose is to satisfy the Palestinians' whims and to harm future chances to reach an agreement through peaceful means."
"Turning to international bodies is a breach of concluded Israeli Palestinian agreements. Had the Palestinians wanted to solve the settlements issue, they would resume without delay direct and unconditional negotiations on all core issues within the framework of a comprehensive agreement. 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," the statement concluded.