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Israel to re-assess UN ties after resolution


12-25-2016 12:29 BJT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his country will re-assess its relations with the United Nations. 

"I instructed the Foreign Ministry to complete within a month a new evaluation of all our relations with the UN, including the Israeli funding of UN institutions and the presence of UN representatives in Israel," Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu says he has already instructed his government to stop about 30 million shekels, or nearly 8 million US dollars, in funding to five UN institutions that are, quote -- "especially hostile to Israel". The prime minister warns there are more such measures to come. The resolution was able to pass the 15-member Security Council because the United States did not wield its veto power.

Netanyahu called it a "shameful" decision. As a long-standing ally of Israel, Washington has shielded the Jewish nation from many similar resolutions before.

For decades, Israel has been building Jewish settlements on territory that it seized from its Arab neighbors in a 1967 war. The area includes the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. Most countries view these settlement activities as illegal and an obstacle to peace. Israel disagrees, saying it has an ancient connection to the land. 

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