Jerusalem: The Israeli government has said Israel will re-assess its ties with the United Nations. The move comes after the Security Council adopted a resolution, described as an ambush, demanding Israel stop settlement building on occupied Palestinian land.
The resolution was passed after the US refused to veto it, breaking with long-standing American practice.
The American abstention was immediately characterized by Israel and its supporters from both parties in the U.S. Congress as a stinging rebuke, if not a betrayal.
The Israeli ambassador to the U.N., Danny Danon, called the resolution “disgraceful” and said Israel had expected its usual support from the United States.
The action by the Security Council is a “victory for terror, hatred and violence,” Danon declared.
Netanyahu’s office declared the resolution was “shameful,” and said his government would not abide by its terms.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is taking diplomatic action against countries that co-sponsored the U.N. Security Council resolution against the buildup of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which Palestinians want as a capitol for a future state.
Washington has traditionally sheltered Israel from condemnatory resolutions.