D"Ahead of an upcoming United Nations General Assembly vote on whether to ask the International Court of Justice to weigh in on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, an Israeli official said Thursday that the Palestinians 'are trying to render Israel’s security presence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem illegal.'
Support for the resolution shows 'contempt for and dismissal of Israeli security concerns,' the official added in a briefing with Israeli journalists.
The resolution, titled 'Israeli practices and settlement activities affecting the rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories,' requests that the Hague-based ICJ 'render urgently an advisory opinion' on Israel’s 'prolonged occupation, settlement and annexation of Palestinian territory.'
The UNGA vote is not yet scheduled, but will occur before the end of the year, within days.
The resolution passed the UN General Assembly Fourth Committee in November, with 98 supporting, 17 opposing, and 52 abstaining.
Israel 'sees a chance to raise the number of countries opposed,' said the official, 'but many factors influence that.'
'We know that there is an automatic majority.'
Israel is trying to get more 'like-minded' democratic countries to oppose the measure or at least abstain. Of the 27 European countries in the Fourth Committee, 21 did not support the measure.
'I think a lot of countries didn’t see it as a constructive step,' the official continued. 'Even if they don’t agree with our policies, they oppose this step.'
Israel has reached out to around 100 countries, including 60 that received letters from Prime Minister Yair Lapid. President Isaac Herzog has also called world leaders on the issue.
In his letter, Lapid called the Palestinian campaign, 'a concerted effort to single out Israel, to discredit our legitimate security concerns, and to delegitimize our very existence.'...”