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Angered By UN Vote Against Settlements, Israeli PM Summons US Envoy

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Angered By UN Vote Against Settlements, Israeli PM Summons US Envoy

Israeli PM Netanyahu furious over UN vote on settlements

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday summoned the U.S. ambassador to Israel to discuss the U.S. abstention in a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding an end to settlement-building.

Separately, the envoys of 10 other nations were called in to the Israeli Foreign Ministry to be reprimanded on Sunday, and Netanyahu had more harsh words for Washington over Friday’s U.N. vote.

An Israeli spokesman gave no details of when Netanyahu would meet U.S. Ambassador Daniel Shapiro.

The resolution was passed in the 15-member Security Council because the U.S. broke with its long-standing approach of diplomatically shielding Israel and did not wield its veto power, instead abstaining.

Netanyahu put his personal imprint on Israel’s show of anger by repeating at the weekly cabinet meeting what an unidentified Israeli government official contended on Friday – that the administration of President Barack Obama had conspired with the Palestinians to push for the resolution’s adoption.

The White House has denied the allegation.

“According to our information, we have no doubt the Obama administration initiated it (the resolution), stood behind it, coordinated the wording and demanded it be passed,” Netanyahu told the cabinet in public remarks.

Another official said Netanyahu had ordered that for the coming three weeks, until President-elect Donald Trump takes office, cabinet ministers refrain from traveling to or meeting officials of countries that voted in favor of the resolution.

The envoys from 10 of the 14 countries that voted for the settlements resolution and have embassies in Israel – Britain, China, Russia, France, Egypt, Japan, Uruguay, Spain, Ukraine and New Zealand – were summoned to the Foreign Ministry.

Sunday is a regular work day in Israel, but most embassies are closed, and calling in envoys on Christmas Day is highly unusual.

At the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Netanyahu described a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday, when Israel and President-elect Donald Trump successfully pressed Egypt to drop the settlements resolution it had put forward.

It was resubmitted a day later by New Zealand, Senegal, Venezuela and Malaysia.

“Over decades American administrations and Israeli governments disagreed about settlements, but we agreed that the security council was not the place to resolve this issue,” Netanyahu said.

“We knew that going there would make negotiations harder and drive peace farther away. As I told John Kerry on Thursday, ‘Friends don’t take friends to the Security Council’,” he said, switching from Hebrew to English.

Israel has pursued a policy of constructing settlements on territory it captured in a 1967 war with its Arab neighbors – the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, areas Palestinians seek for a state.

Most countries view the settlement activity as illegal and an obstacle to peace. Israel disagrees, citing biblical and historical connections to the West Bank and Jerusalem as well as security interests.

(Additional reporting by Ori Lewis; editing by Andrew Roche)

IMAGE: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office December 25, 2016. REUTERS/Dan Balilty/Pool



  1. FireBaron December 26, 2016

    It’s about damn time that somebody told Bibi to pack sand regarding his settlement programs. These lands have been “occupied territories” for 50 years now. It’s time to give them either citizenship or independence.

    1. Paul Norman December 26, 2016

      Well stated. Netanyahu will destroy Israel. I know that there are right thinking sabras, but they seem to be in the minority.

  2. charleo1 December 26, 2016

    “The World,” overwhelmingly sees the settlements as illegal, and impediments to any future chance for peace. Common sense would see them as a clear case of two parties negotiating on and off over a pie. While one of those parties is eating the pie. Any rule of fair play, or indeed, any neutral arbiter, as even Trump says we must be. Would deem such a tactic as dishonest, and not bargaining in good faith. Yet, to point this out, this decades long position of the U.S. When upheld by the Obama Administration, as the abstention vote denoted. Is called by the hard liners, who’s desire for peace is doubtful at best, “Throwing our good friend Israel under the bus.” “Things will be different when I’m President,” Trump promises. As the incoming American President recklessly contemplates playing with matches around one of the World’s largest powder kegs.

  3. johninPCFL December 26, 2016

    So Putin occupies the Crimea, and then complains when Israel does the same thing. It’ll be interesting to see what he says through his puppet, Agent Orange.

    1. Michael Allen December 26, 2016

      Comparing Crimea to Israel is like comparing apples to oranges.

      1. johninPCFL December 26, 2016

        Comparing the outlook of the two controllers. Putin feels just like Netanyahu – once you move into an area, legally or not, get your people established to set your “ownership” anchor.

  4. Dr. Samuel Taddesse December 26, 2016

    Either adopt a one state solution with one person one vote and with equal right and responsibility or be honorable and go for a two-state solution with out pouching Palestinian land. Be magnanimous and show you understand the plight of the Palestinians and help them to become a functioning state and take care of themselves. Give them a helping hand.

  5. yabbed December 26, 2016

    Who cares what Netanyahu thinks, says, or wants. If he’s so offended then he should refuse the billions and billions of our hard-earned taxpayer dollars we send his criminal nation every blooming year.

    1. Diane December 26, 2016


    2. Nativegrammy December 26, 2016

      I, in good conscience, cannot condemn the entire nation of Israel or it’s people. I really do not believe Netanyahu is that well thought of in Israel, and he did not win his last election by anything approaching a majority. But if the people of Israel want to survive the next couple of years, they had better pull their head out and take a look around and kick Bibi to the curb immediately. Because between Netanyahu’s unbridled rage at all things Arab and Muslim and Trumps ignorance towards the same people, WWIII in the surrounding area is looking like a distinct possibility!!! God help the world!

      1. yabbed December 27, 2016

        I think Netanyahu does more harm than good for Israel. The Israeli government has gone freakishly right wing and hateful and that does not help them with world opinion. And, contrary to the government, the majority of Israelis – and American Jews – want to see peace.

  6. Michael Allen December 26, 2016

    In Re: “’We knew that going there would make negotiations harder and drive peace farther away. As I told John Kerry on Thursday, “Friends don’t take friends to the Security Council”,’” he said, switching from Hebrew to English.”
    Netan-yahoo has shown no interest in any sort of compromise in order to achieve some sort of long-standing peace. And for him to lecture us on how friends act towards one another is beyond the pale. Perhaps he should reflect on his behavior towards Obama from the beginning of Obama’s presidency. He has been rude and disrespectful, and had the chutzpah to undermine Obama’s policies by appealing to a highly partisan Republican Congress.

    1. Paul Norman December 26, 2016

      He should never have been allowed to speak to the congress without the consent of our POTUS.

    2. yabbed December 26, 2016

      Yeah, well, friends don’t let the door close on VP Biden and immediately announce new settlements as a spit in his face.

    3. Nativegrammy December 26, 2016

      BRAVO, truer words have not been spoken. Along with Netanyahu and the Republican congress having Bibi speak without an official invitation from the White House was beyond the pale, completely disrespectful, in you face grossly rude, from both parties involved. One of the lowest of the many low moments from the Republican majority Congress in a litany of low points from this group of malcontents in the last 6 years they have had control. John Boehner’s most deplorable action that he should be ashamed to his dying day!

  7. Aaron_of_Portsmouth December 26, 2016

    The similarities between “Bibi”, Trump, and the generality of the GOP are striking. That Bibi would seek to snub Pres. Obama by seeking an audience with the GOP shows a childish and peevish attitude which are trademarks of Conservative politicians here. No need to speak about Trump’s similar child-like mentality which matches that of Bibi, nor is there a need to elaborate on the insular and isolationist attitudes shared by Netanyahu and Trump and his core followers.

    1. Paul Norman December 26, 2016

      I completely agree. I’m a Jew and hate to see the right wing government in Israel acting like Nazis. All they do is treat Palestinians like they are not human. Shame on my co-religionists who would treat others such.

      1. kep December 28, 2016

        Doubtful you are a Jew, but definately a liberal. And considering liberals lie as easily as they breathe, you are most likely Muslim. Truth, honor are foreign concepts to liberals, so I shouldn’t expect to see anything resembling fact or logic on this rag or from its posters.

    2. Nativegrammy December 26, 2016

      COMPLETELY agree! Netanyahu has had a problem with the truth and integrity since Bill Clinton was president. He has done more to worsen the problems in the Middle East than anyone. He let it slip in a moment of anger that he never would support a two state solution and wants to punish the Palestinians forever more. I have realized that the few so called “leaders” of several problem countries in the world that are known for being dishonest, liars, crooks and the like, to one degree or other, like Netanyahu, Assad, Karzai, a few others are men that Pres. Obama had issues with, and made it clear he didn’t respect or trust these kind of men, and I agree with President Obama completely. Netanyahu barely won his last run for PM and if Israel didn’t have so many splintered parties he probably would have lost. Between what Netanyahu and Trump have plans to do, I suspect the Middle East will explode within the next year, and certainly the Israelis will be less safe and have more terrorism than even they can handle Put aside the FACT, Pres. Obama has done more to protect Israel than any American president ever, the realization that Netanyahu will not get the ass kissing he craves from this President, I am certain the next President, Trump, will be far more to Bibi’s liking, kissing ass all the way around, to the world’s detriment!!! The fact that Pres. Obama saw and knew just what kind of man Bibi is, is something that ticks Netanyahu off more than the substantial actions Pres. Obama has taken to protect Netanyahu’s fellow Israelis and the state of Israel……. Since Bibi is making it abundantly clear he has no interest in a two state solution, with no hope at all, the Palestinians will do what they do, along with the rest of the Arab world, and it won’t be good for ANYONE! Let’s hope the people of Israel wake up to the danger Netanyahu is putting them in, and finally elect a new PM ASAP!!!

      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth December 27, 2016

        If only we could be assured of having your sentiments verbatim piped into the Israeli papers, and straight to Bibi, that might begin to open his eyes.

  8. browninghipower December 26, 2016

    I hope the US envoy farts in Bibi’s general direction.

  9. stsintl December 26, 2016

    “We must expel Arabs and take their places.” David Ben Gurion, future Prime Minister of Israel, 1937, Ben Gurion and the Palestine Arabs, Oxford University Press, 1985.

    “Spirit the penniless population across the frontier by denying it employment… Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly.” Theodore Herzl, founder of the World Zionist Organization, speaking of the Arabs of Palestine, Complete Diaries, June 12, 1895 entry.

    “We have to kill all the Palestinians unless they are resigned to live here as slaves.”
    Chairman Heilbrun of the Committee for the Re-election of General Shlomo Lahat, the mayor of Tel Aviv, October 1983.

    “We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us. Allon repeated his question, What is to be done with the Palestinian population?’ Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said ‘Drive them out’” Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published in the New York Times, 23 October 1979.

    “We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population.” Israel Koenig, “The Koenig Memorandum”

    Rabin’s description of the conquest of Lydda, after the completion of Plan Dalet. “We shall reduce the Arab population to a community of woodcutters and waiters”
    Uri Lubrani, PM Ben-Gurion’s special adviser on Arab Affairs, 1960. From “The Arabs in Israel” by Sabri Jiryas.

    “Zionist colonization must either be terminated or carried out against the wishes of the native population. This colonization can, therefore, be continued and make progress only under the protection of a power independent of the native population – an iron wall, which will be in a position to resist the pressure to the native population. This is our policy towards the Arabs…” Vladimir Jabotinsky, The Iron Wall, 1923

  10. Elliot J. Stamler December 26, 2016

    As I expected, this column is full of all the Jew-hater’s invective against Israel and PM Netanyahu without one word of condemnation of the Palestinians who right until this second refuse to declare that they’ll ever accept Israel as the Jewish state; demand Israel admit over 5 million Palestinians descendants of the ones who voluntarily fled 69 years ago..which would end Israel as being what it was established to be, the Jewish state; who demand the return of half of Jerusalem including both the Jewish Quarter and the Wailing Wall which when the Arabs had it, was 100% exclusionary with no Jews permitted to even worship there; and whose every demand explicitly states any peace settlement is but a PRELUDE to the eventual extermination of all of Israel and the establishment of one Arab, Muslim Palestine from the Jordan to the Sea.
    So…to all of you filthy, stinking, Jew-hating, secretly nazi-admiring pieces of subhuman filth: Israel is here to stay; Israel is going to remain the Jewish state; If the Muslims ever launch a nuclear attack on Israel, the latter will amongst other things, retaliate by the complete EXTERMINATION OF THE PALESTINIANS IN ALL OF GAZA AND THE WEST BANK; Jerusalem will remain forever Israel’s capitol; and the Palestinian nazi dogs will live in their stinking hovels until they see reason and make peace…which they will never do. God Bless Benjamin Netanyahu. And you Israel-bashing, Arab-loving rats can go die of cancer as far as I am concerned.


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