Prime Minister Najib Razak hailed the United Nations Security Council’s vote calling on Israel to stop the illegal construction of settlements in Palestin as a huge victory.
Posting in his Najib Razak blog, he said that with the power and blessings of Allah SWT, although had some hiccups in the voting when Egypt pulled out from the resolution, Palestin people are yet protected.
This was clearly a diplomatic success story for Malaysia together with three other non-permanent members New Zealand, Senegal and Venezuela, had put the text of a draft resolution to vote on Friday in a largely tense and unexpected climax to the chain of events.
“We should not see this outcome from a religious point of view, instead it shows strong support from international community to oppose the encroachment done by Zionist regime via their illegal settlements and not following international laws.
“It’s a huge slap for Israel and victory for Palestine people discriminated for a long time. God-willing, this will also be a stepping stone in our efforts to see the land the land safe and free.” Najib said.
Meanwhile, Malaysian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ramlan Ibrahim, who returns home on Christmas Day after a two-year stint in New York, has described Friday’s Security Council’s vote calling on Israel to stop the illegal construction of settlements as “my crowning experience”
Ramlan, whose tenure here coincides with Malaysia’s two-year non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) ending Dec 31, said he was elated over the anti-settlement vote.
The text, which after the voting came to be known as Security Council Resolution 2334, was to have been originally presented on Thursday when Foreign Minister Anifah Aman, who left Thursday evening, was also present in New York.
That text was postponed amid rumours that it may even be dropped given the opposition from United States President-elect Donald Trump.
Eighteen members of the Security Council – including the four permanent members China, France, Russia and the United Kingdom – voted in favour of the resolution while the US abstained, and Israel voted against it.
The resolution was adopted amid a burst of applause. The resolution has stunned Trump circles who had expected the US to veto.
Late until Friday, the US media was discussing with foreign policy experts the repercussions of the passage of Resolution 2334 in the Security Council.