Far from generating supporting, Israel’s reaction to the resolution could, in fact, strengthen global opposition to its occupation, in its entirety. It may also encourage initiatives like the labeling of settlement goods and outright boycotts to pick up even greater steam than they already have.
Perhaps most significantly, Israel’s response might spur legal action against it. In 2015, the Palestinian Authority began giving the International Criminal Court (ICC) evidence about Israeli settlement construction. The ICC rightly treats settlement construction as a violation of international law and, in some cases, a war crime. Israel’s explicit rejection of the UNSC resolution may finally inspire the court to take action.
Eventually, it could also inspire the ICC to investigate potential Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip.
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