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Israel summons 10 ambassadors for official reprimands


12-26-2016 00:19 BJT

Israel has summoned the ambassadors of 10 countries to Jerusalem to deliver official reprimands. The ambassadors represent the countries that voted in favour of the UN Security Council resolution which demands Israel stop settlement building within occupied Palestinian territory.

There were also harsh words for the Obama administration from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who claimed Washington had conspired with the Palestinians to push for the resolution's adoption.

Netanyahu says his country will re-assess its relationship 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," Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu says he has already instructed his government to stop nearly 8 million US dollars, in funding to five UN institutions that are, quote - "especially hostile to Israel". The prime minister warned of more such measures to come.

The resolution passed the 15-member Security Council after the United States declined to use its power of veto, a move Netanyahu called "shameful". 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 areas included 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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