Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Saturday night that Israel and its friends will exact a heavy diplomatic and economic price from the opponents of Israel including the supporters of the UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements.. For starters, he announced the cutoff of Israel’s donations to five UN agencies. Speaking at the Bet Levinstein rehabilitation center for wounded soldiers, before lighting a candle on the first day of Hanukkah, he asked:  “Is there anything more absurd than labeling the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem or the Western Wall ‘occupied territories?”

Flatly rejecting the UN resolution, Netanyahu said he was greatly encouraged by his conversations with Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Washington, who promised to stand by Israel and get the UN resolution reversed.