Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns that Barack Obama may have more surprises in store for Israel. This comes after the “shameful” abstention at the United Nations.
The ambassadors of China, Russia, France, Angola, Egypt, Japan, Ukraine and Uruguay were called to Jerusalem by the premier, who also serves as Israel’s Foreign Minister.
The ambassadors for the UK and Spain were not in the country so their deputies were summoned instead.
Resolution 2334 declares all settlements illegal under international law and demands that Israel immediately cease construction in eastern Jerusalem, the West Bank, and other territories captured in the 1967 defensive war.
Since Obama may have more tricks up his sleeve, the prime minister warned ministers from his party that they should refrain from talk about annexing parts of the West Bank. After the vote was passed, Education Minister Naftali Bennett called for Israel to apply Israeli law and full sovereignty over the main West Bank settlements.
Netanyahu accused Washington of having a direct hand in the Security Council resolution.
Netanyahu said, “We have no doubt that the Obama administration initiated it, stood behind it, coordinated its versions and insisted upon its passage. Over decades, American administrations and Israeli governments have disagreed about settlements. But we agreed that the Security Council was not the place to resolve this issue.”
“We knew that going there would make negotiations harder and drive peace further away. As I told John Kerry on Thursday: Friends don’t take friends to the Security Council.”
Netanyahu did say that he was “encouraged” by statements of support from both Democrat and Republican allies in the U.S.
He said at the weekly cabinet meeting, “They understand how reckless and destructive this UN resolution was; they understand that the Western Wall isn’t occupied territory. I look forward to working with those friends and with the new administration when it takes office next month,” Netanyahu also repeated his promise to cut funding to UN agencies that were “hostile” to Israel.
On Saturday the prime minister canceled an official visit to Israel by Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman in protest of Ukraine’s vote in favor of the resolution.
The premier also canceled an upcoming visit to Israel from Senegal’s foreign minister.
This article is an update to: Obama Administration Secretly Worked with Palestinians – Crafted Shameful UN Resolution