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Gantz says UN resolution calling on ICJ to investigate Israel is ‘disconnected from reality’

Defense Minister Benny Gantz at a memorial ceremony for fallen soldiers of the Yom Kippur War at Mount Herzl, October 6, 2022.(Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90, file)
Defense Minister Benny Gantz at a memorial ceremony for fallen soldiers of the Yom Kippur War at Mount Herzl, October 6, 2022.(Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90, file)

Outgoing Defense Minister Benny Gantz says a United Nations resolution to request the International Court of Justice to weigh in on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is “disconnected from reality.”

“The Palestinians taking steps at the court in The Hague is an own goal that will distance them from any political achievement,” Gantz says on Twitter.

“The UN’s intention to allow this will only harm stability in the region and the ability to reach understandings in the future,” he says.

“This is a political step, which is disconnected from the reality on the ground,” Gantz adds.

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,” and appears to ignore Jewish ties to the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.

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