As much as I like to speak to this Council, I will ask the floor today only once, before the draft resolution being considered now. My remarks though are relevant to all 5 item 7 draft resolutions.
Although this is my fourth year in Geneva, and the 12th regular session of the Council that I have the pleasure to attend, I am still perplexed if not shocked with the level of hypocrisy and double standards that have taken root in this room and refuses to go away.
Only this morning, in the context of the consideration of another draft resolution, one distinguished delegate said ''such resolutions make little impact on the ground if the country concerned is not on board''. He voted NO.
Another delegate gave us a long lesson on how this Council should conduct itself. He said, for example, that ''it is a cooperative forum and we don't want to turn it into a selective exercise''. He also lectured us that a resolution should be the last resort and that resolution will violate that principle. He then asked whether the country concerned has been consulted. Finally, he expressed concern about the budget implications of that resolution. Well, we heard from the secretariat, that there were none. Nevertheless, he, too, voted NO.
The Palestinian proposal is certainly selective. It is not a last resort. Israel has not been consulted. All finally, you all know, or will know soon, that there are significant budget implications. I wonder if it would make any difference to this morning's speaker and whether he will vote in favor.
Many of the speakers today and in many other occasions in this room repeatedly emphasize the ideals of non-partiality, non-selectivity, non-politicization. Why are these principles no longer relevant when it comes to item 7 resolutions?!
Israel is strongly committed to a two state solution and wishes to see the resumption of direct bilateral talks without preconditions with the Palestinians. We call upon the PA to resume the talk that began in Amman in January as a follow up to the Quartet initiative of last September. A bilateral negotiated peace agreement towards the establishment of a Palestinian state living side by side in peace with its neighbors is the only feasible outcome to the long conflict between the Palestinians and Israel.
In conclusion, the resolution is unjustified and counterproductive. It will add tension and bitterness to an already explosive situation. This Council, by its own doing, is adding fuel to a fire which is our duty to try and extinguish. Today will not be remembered as a glorious day for this Council.