Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Israeli government unhappy about UN security council vote against settlements in Palestinian Authority area

The UN vote condemning Israel's settlements on the occupied West Bank has not been well received by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This isn't surprising, but his reaction just seems over the top.  Even within Israel there is opposition to these settlements. The US, which abstained on the vote rather than veto it, hasn't escaped Netanyahu's venom either.

Egypt originally presented the resolution, but withdrew it after Netanyahu spoke to Donald Trump who in turn spoke to Egyptian President el Sisi.  But the other four countries sponsoring the resolution proceeded with it anyway.

Israel’s Foreign ministry has suspended all “working ties” with the countries that voted to pass a resolution condemning Israeli settlements.
Foreign ministers and ambassadors from Britain, France, Russia, China, Japan, Ukraine, Angola, Egypt, Uruguay, Spain, Senegal and New Zealand will not be received at Israel’s Foreign Ministry, according to reports. They will also no longer be able to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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