Un general assembly recently asked the international court of justice (icj) to give a legal opinion on israel’s occupation of palestinian territories. the resolution was backed by 87 countries, while 26 countries, including the uk and us, opposed it. on thursday, benjamin netanyahu returned as prime minister of israel in a coalition with ultranationalist and ultra-orthodox jewish allies.
Un resolution was passed on thursday, and the territories in question are the west bank, east jerusalem, and the gaza strip. the palestinians claim these territories for their hoped-for future state, while israel claims the whole of jerusalem as its capital.
Un resolution was passed in order to gain a legal opinion on the occupation of palestinian territories, and to challenge the legality of the settlements in the west bank. the uk’s un delegation argued that it was inappropriate to ask the court to advise on what is essentially a bilateral dispute without the consent of both parties. however, the resolution was still passed, and palestinian officials hailed it as a victory. israel’s new prime minister, on the other hand, described it as “despicable”. the first guiding principle of the new government, published on wednesday, declares that “the jewish people have an exclusive and unquestionable right to all areas of the land of israel”.