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Saturday, 24 December 2016

Israel recalls envoys from 2 states over UN resolution

Israel has summoned ambassadors from Senegal and New Zealand following their support for a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlement building in the occupied territories.


On Friday, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution demanding Israel to halt settlement building and expansion in the Palestinian territories.

The resolution, which was co-sponsored by Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal and Venezuela, was passed by a 14-0 vote after the United States abstained.

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had recalled Israel’s ambassadors in Senegal and New Zealand for consultation, in response to the UN resolution on settlements,” his office said in a statement.

According to the statement, Netanyahu also cancelled an upcoming visit by the Senegalese foreign minister to Israel and abolished Israeli aid programs to Senegal.

Netanyahu had harshly criticized the anti-settlement resolution, describing it as “anti-Israel” and “shameful”.

“The Obama administration not only failed to protect Israel against this gang-up at the U.N., it colluded with it behind the scenes,” he said, vowing that Israel will not comply with the resolution.

The last UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement building was adopted in 1979.

The U.S. vetoed a similar resolution in 2011, which was the sole veto cast by the Obama administration.
  aa.com.tr
24/12/16
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