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At UN, Erdan to warn Palestinians against anti-Israel moves at ICC

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan gives a press statement ahead of the Security Council's emergency meeting to discuss the recent Gaza escalation on August 8, 2022. (Israeli Mission to the UN)
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan gives a press statement ahead of the Security Council's emergency meeting to discuss the recent Gaza escalation on August 8, 2022. (Israeli Mission to the UN)

Israel’s ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan will warn UN member states today that unilateral moves by the Palestinians will be answered by unilateral Israeli moves, his office says.

The United Nation’s Special Political and Decolonization Committee is reconvening to debate whether to ask the International Court of Justice in The Hague to rule on whether Israel’s presence in the West Bank and Gaza has become de facto annexation.

The discussion, part of the Palestinian Authority’s campaign to pressure Israel through international institutions, follows yesterday’s testimonies blasting Israeli policies toward Palestinians.

If the measure passes in a vote on Friday – as it is expected to – it will then move to the General Assembly for a December vote.

The UN Human Rights Council’s ongoing Commission of Inquiry also called for the ICJ to rule on whether Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and other disputed territories has become permanent, thus becoming a war crime.

In his remarks to the forum – also known as the Fourth Committee – Erdan will attack the “automatic majority” that supports Palestinian initiatives at the UN, says his office.

He will also call support for the initiative a death knell for future possibilities for peace.

“Israel will never give in to any outside player that tries to impose Palestinian hatred and extremism on it and tries to endanger Israel’s future,” says Erdan’s office.

His address is slated for 6:30 p.m. Israel time, 11:30 a.m. in New York.

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