UN ignored Israel’s security needs, says Netanyahu

Czech Republic's Prime Minister Petr Necas talks to Netanyahu in Prague on Wednesday (Photo: AP)

Czech Republic's Prime Minister Petr Necas talks to Netanyahu in Prague on Wednesday (Photo: AP)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the United Nations “completely ignored Israel’s security needs” when it granted Palestine non-member status.

Mr Netanyahu made the statement during a diplomatic visit to Prague on Wednesday, in which he thanked the Czech Republic for voting against the Palestinian UN bid.

“[The UN decision] completely ignored Israel’s security needs,” he said.

“It didn’t require the Palestinians to recognise the Jewish state. It didn’t even call on them to end the conflict with Israel.”

The Czech Republic was the only country in Europe to reject the UN decision to upgrade Palestine to a non-member state.

Mr Netanyahu added that a two-state solution was the answer to peace and they should resolve issues via “direct talks of the two sides”.

"[Tension] will not be resolved through one-sided resolutions of the UN that ignore Israel's vital needs and undermine the basic foundations of peace," said the Israeli prime minister.

The countries that voted against the UN bid were the: US, Canada, Czechs, Panama, Nauru, Marshall Island, Micronesia and Israel.

Last updated: 11:45am, December 6 2012