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Israel will summon envoys from countries that voted in favor of the Pal state to the UN Security Council

Foreign Minister Israel Katz described the Security Council vote as a “reward for terrorism.”

By JNS

Israel will call on Sunday the ambassadors of six of the 12 countries that voted for full Palestinian UN membership to dress up.

The United States vetoed the PLO’s bid during a vote in the UN Security Council on Thursday afternoon.

Britain and Switzerland abstained from voting on the Algerian-drafted resolution.

“The ambassadors of France, Japan, South Korea, Malta, Slovakia and Ecuador will be summoned for a demarche tomorrow and a strong protest will be presented to them,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Oren Marmorstein said on Saturday.

“The unequivocal message that will be conveyed to the ambassadors: a political gesture to the Palestinians and a call to recognize a Palestinian state – six months after the October 7 massacre – is a price for terrorism. Israel will not agree to the creation of a terrorist state that will endanger its citizens,” he added.

Marmorstein said that instead of “making political gestures that reward the terrorist organization Hamas,” countries should “put pressure on Hamas to immediately release the 133 women and men being held hostage.”

“International pressure must be brought to bear on Hamas, which has committed the largest mass murder of Jews since the Holocaust and continues to reject any agreement that would lead to the release of the hostages and a humanitarian break for the people of Gaza,” he said.

An identical protest will soon be presented to the other countries that voted in favor of the Algerian proposal.

Robert Wood, deputy U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told the Security Council on Thursday that Washington “has long been clear that premature actions here in New York, even with the best intentions, will not achieve a state for the Palestinian people.”

Wood questioned whether the Palestinians meet the basic criteria for a UN state, which prevented the committee from reaching a consensus in 2011 on the original application for full Palestinian UN membership.

Under U.S. law, full membership of Ramallah in the United Nations, outside of a political settlement with Israel, would automatically end U.S. funding for the international organization.

Foreign Minister Israel Katz described the Security Council vote as a “reward for terrorism” and praised the United States for vetoing the “shameful proposal.”

“It is shameful that even six months after the October 7 massacre, the UN Security Council has failed to condemn Hamas’ heinous crimes. Terrorism will not be rewarded. Israel will continue to fight until Hamas is destroyed and all 133 hostages in Gaza are released,” Katz said.