The cabinet on Sunday unanimously passed a resolution completely
rejecting the UN decision Thursday to upgrade the Palestinians to
non-state observer status.
"The Jewish people have natural,
historical and legal rights to its homeland with its eternal capital
Jerusalem," the resolution stated. "The State of Israel as the state of
the Jewish people has rights and claims to areas are under dispute in
the land of Israel."
The cabinet decision says that the UN
resolution does not change the status of disputed areas and does not
detract in any way from Israel and the Jewish people's right to those
Furthermore the resolution said that the UN resolution will not be a basis for future negotiations.
In another response, Finance
Minister Yuval Steinitz said at the cabinet meeting that he will not transfer to the Palestinian
Authority taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinians.
Steinitz said he would "use the funds to offset the PA's electricity debts."
finance minister decried the Palestinian efforts to create a state
without addressing security concerns, disarmament or recognizing Israel,
adding, "We said this wouldn't pass quietly."
Ahead of the
cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated that Israel
will increase and hasten settlement activity in response to what he
labelled "an attack against Zionism."
"Israel will not allow
Judea and Samaria to become a terror base from which rockets will be
launched into Israeli towns," he asserted.
"There will be no
Palestinian state until Israel is recognized as a Jewish state alongside
a resolution to end the conflict," he added.
The cabinet resolution comments follow Friday's decision to approve 3,000 new housing units in Jerusalem and the West Bank, which drew international condemnation as well as criticism from the Left.