Palestinians cannot constantly be given "free gifts" when it comes to United Nations roles, said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, two days after the US rejected former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad's appointment as an envoy.
"The time has come for positions and appointments to be made to the Israeli side as well," Netanyahu said, adding that "should there be an appropriate appointment [for the position], we will consider it."
President Donald Trump's ambassador to the UN in New York, Nikki Haley, issued a statement Friday saying that she was "disappointed" that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres planned to appoint Fayyad to the role of special envoy to Libya.
"For too long the UN has been unfairly biased in favor of the Palestinian Authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel," the statement added.
Fayyad, who served as prime minister of the Palestinian Authority from 2007 until 2013, was generally received well in the West during his time heading the Palestinian government and was seen as a competent leader. He regularly worked with Israeli officials.
It was unclear how Fayyad's appointment would damage Israel or if the US rejection spelled the end of his chances for the job.
Former Palestinian minister Ashraf Ajrami told Army Radio on Sunday that the Palestinian government is waiting for the US to reconsider its position because its rejection of Fayyad is "inconceivable."