Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) on Saturday evening said that Israel should annex the so-called “settlement blocks” in response to the UN Security Council’s approval of a resolution calling on Israel to halt construction in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem.
In addition, said Erdan who spoke at a Hanukkah candle lighting in Kfar Maccabiah, Israel should cut the funding it provides to the UN.
“There is so much darkness and hypocrisy in that UN resolution on Israel. The Middle East is burning and yet they choose to attack Israel. Hypocrisy and shamelessness. The ones who welcomed last night’s resolution were the Islamic Jihad, the Hamas and other enemies of Israel,” he said.
“My dear friends, just as we survived Pharaoh, so will we survive this. Just as we defeated the Greeks, we will win this time. It is not for nothing that (President-elect) Trump tweeted that the world is going to change.
“We need to act to cut off all our funding to the UN. We should announce the immediate annexation of the settlement blocs. This would be a crushing reply to [Palestinian Authority chairman] Abbas who goes and incites and avoids any negotiations. We must resume construction in all parts of the land,” added Erdan.
Earlier on Saturday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called the UN resolution “distorted and shameful.”
“The resolution determines that the Jewish Quarter [in the Old City of Jerusalem] is 'occupied territory'. This is delusional. The resolution determines that the Western Wall is 'occupied territory'. This too is delusional. There is nothing more absurd than calling the Western Wall and the Jewish Quarter occupied territory. There is also an attempt here, which will not succeed, to impose permanent settlement terms on Israel,” Netanyahu said at the lighting of the first Hanukkah candle at an event in salute of wounded IDF and security forces veterans and victims of terrorism.
“We reject this resolution outright, just as we rejected the UN resolution that determined that Zionism was racism. It took time but that resolution was rescinded; it will take time but this one will also be rescinded. Now I will tell you how it will be rescinded. It will be rescinded not because of our retreats but because of our steadfastness and that of our allies,” he continued.