Yerevan's support to UN Jerusalem resolution not to affect Armenian-Israeli relations – Alexander Tsinker

11:20 • 23.12.17



Armenia’s positive vote on the UN General Assembly resolution declaring Jerusalem’s status as Israel’s capital null and void is not likely to have any negative impact on Israel's developing relations with Armenia, according to Dr. Alexander Tsinker, Member of the 15th Knesset.


In an interview with Tert.am, the politician said he doesn’t expect the measure to have any significance or consequences for the country. The only concerns are over President Donald Trump’s possible decision to cut financial aid to the countries not accepting his position.


“There is nothing surprising about Armenia’s position. Armenia has never practically stood out with a special attitude when voting on [legal measures] dealing with Israel. Armenia generally votes as Russia does. So I don’t think there will be any consequences after the adoption of this resolution,” he added.


Resolution ES‑10/L.22, calling on the US to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, received support by 128 countries. Armenia was among the nine states that voted against the measure. Some 35 countries abstained from voting.


Tsinker said he favors more the countries which demonstrated a neutral stance (including also post-Soviet republics).  “They weren’t opposed to the main policy trend, but they demonstrated in a way that they pursue their own approach. But every country is free to decide what to do, so we do not have any right to be offended,” Tsinker said.


He also expressed his sympathy for the Eastern European countries which preferred abstention (Poland, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina), not wishing to go against the EU but at the same time expressing their own position.


“Europe has always stood out with anti-Semitist sentiments, which have now turned into ‘anti-Israeli’ so to speak. With the increasing number of refugees from North Africa, as well as the Muslim population, those countries adopt more anti-Semitist approaches,” the politician noted.


Tsinker said he isn’t absolutely surprised that the resolution initiated by Turkey received also Azerbaijan’s support. “Our relations with Turkey are very cool at the moment against the backdrop of [President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan’s ambitions to be a leader in the Middle East to win over those countries.  He sees that an anti-Israeli position is more advantageous to him now, with the Arab countries in the region being in support to the idea. So he is attempting to gain a higher reputation in a way. Yet it is important to also note that the trade turnover between Israel and Turkey is considerably high now despite the tension in the political relations,” he said.

 

Tsinker also highlighted the fact that the resolution, which overwhelmingly passed the Assembly's vote on Thursday, is not legally binding.


“It is not the first time the UN has adopted this kind of resolution on Israel. To be frank,  the relations are becoming increasingly deteriorated when it comes to the United Nations, Israel and the United States. And I expect them to deteriorate even further. We no longer work with UNESCO. As for the countries with which were are continuing our collaboration, they have drawn the necessary conclusions, and our foreign ministries worked really well, for example, in the Latin American countries. So this is why a number of countries did not vote in favor of the UN resolution. Meetings have been held also with Central African countries, which means we can really work with them to expand the mutual cooperation. We do not ask anyone whether Jerusalem should remain Israel's capital - likewise Armenia would never ask whether  Yerevan is its capital or not,” he added.

 

 

 

 

Hripsime Hovhannisyan





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