'UN declarations encourage terrorism'

Naftali Bennett says UN decision rejecting Trump's Jerusalem recognition 'shows terrorists that they can succeed'.

Tzvi Lev ,

Education Minister Naftali Bennett at the Western Wall
Education Minister Naftali Bennett at the Western Wall

Education Minister Naftali Bennett contended that the United Nations vote Thursday rejecting President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital was "meaningless" and "showed terrorists that they can win".

Speaking to diplomats of more than 30 countries on Wednesday, Bennett stressed that "Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people and nothing can change that reality." Bennett said that the UN vote is "meaningless. Another empty UN vote".

Bennett also told the assembled diplomats that rejecting Jerusalem as Israel's capital gave a tailwind to terrorism. "Your decision not to vote for Jerusalem as being the capital of Israel shows that all those who use violence against Israel are succeeding," said Bennett. "It gives them the feeling like their actions are justified."

During the meeting, which included representatives of the United States, Russia, Japan, France, Holland, Canada, Australia, Czech Republic and Britain, Bennett called on the world powers to curb Iranian expansion in the Middle East, which he said was an interest not only to Israel but to them as well.

"The Iranian Revolutionary Guard's Quds Force are experts in setting up terrorist organizations that carry out Iran's mission throughout the world," Bennett told the diplomats. "If we do not stop them now, they will continue to sow fear and violence around the world."