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Eight Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) members made four separate statements. Breaching international law was stressed. India's UN ambassador, Hardeep Singh Puri, said:

"Consultations were held amongst (council) members (and) an attempt was made (to see) if" America would agree with others.

"But when we came to the conclusion (it) was not likely to happen," council members made individual and group statements. Doing so stopped short of voting on a legally binding resolution.

Israel's UN ambassador Ron Prosor claimed Israeli construction doesn't obstruct peace. Outrageously he said:

"The planned construction is in neighborhoods that will be part of Jerusalem and Israeli sovereignty under any future agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority." 

"It is hypocrisy to call for Palestinian territorial contiguity between Judea and Samaria and Gaza and in the same breath also oppose Jewish territorial contiguity between Ma'aleh Adumim and Jerusalem."

"Settlements are not and never have been the main obstacle to peace. The real obstacle to peace is the Palestinians' demand of return, their refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, the continued terrorism and incitement against Israel." 

"If the Security Council really wants to contribute to the peace process, it must address these issues."

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Ambassadors are paid to lie for their governments. Prosor does it arrogantly.

On November 14, the Jerusalem Post quoted Likud Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan calling for annexation of Israel's lawless settlements. 

After Palestine's UN status was upgraded, he called for "immediate annexation" regardless of world opinion. When asked whether Washington would react angrily, he said both governments "don't always see eye-to-eye" on policies.

Labor party MKs disagree. They criticized Netanyahu's plan. MK Eitan Cabel spoke for others, saying he's "continuing to cross red lines, and his hasty decisions are leading us to international isolation and difficult disagreements with our closest allies."

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"Netanyahu's irresponsible declarations, motivated mainly by a cynical election campaign at the expense of the public, is leading us into a reality that harms the crucial interests of the State of Israel, for one goal: to change the social-economic agenda with threatens how many seats he'll have in his pocket after the elections."

A Final Comment

On December 20, Haaretz said constructing a new Jerusalem highway through Beit Safafa divides the village in two. It passes meters from homes.

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