Cuban Ambassador to the United Nations called on the United Nations Security Council to take action against the Israeli occupation of Palestine territory.
Cuban Ambassador to the U.N. Ana Silvia Rodriguez called on member countries of the United Nations Security Council to take concrete action to put an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
“Why does this entity not fulfill its responsibilities? What are they waiting for? Who are they trying to protect by not taking action? Why, when there is a clear violation of peace and security, do they not take concrete actions?” Ambassador Rodriguez asked during a discussion on the current situation taking place in the Middle East.
On the current situation in Israel and Palestine, Rodriguez said this was the direct consequence of continued opposition from the U.S. to stop Israel from building settlements in the occupied territories.
Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. aid and almost all the United States bilateral aid to Israel is in the form of military assistance. According to the 2016 federal budget, Israel will receive US$3.1 billion in financial assistance.
“The persistent opposition by the United States, through their veto powers, has prevented this organization from making a decision with regards to Palestine,” Rodriguez stated.
Progress toward peace between Israel and Palestine urgently requires that Tel Aviv halts the construction of new settlements in the West Bank, the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday.
“As oppressed peoples have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is human nature to react to occupation,” Ban said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Ban’s comments “give a tail wind to terrorism,” and he argued the U.N. “long ago lost its neutrality and its moral strength.”
Over 500,000 Israelis are currently living in 120 illegal settlements built since 1967, including in Jerusalem—considered illegal by a range of international and regional bodies like the U.N, the EU, among others.