Envoys summoned to clarify governments’ vote for anti-Israel UNSC measure
The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem Sunday summoned the ambassadors of the countries that voted for the anti-settlement resolution at the UN Security Council for clarifications. Israel has already recalled for consultations its envoys to New Zealand and Senegal, two of the resolution’s sponsors, and cancelled the coming visit by the Ukrainian prime minister.
Addressing the weekly cabinet session Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said he had no doubt that the Obama administration had initiated the resolution condemning Israel for building settlements and branding them illegal, had worked on the text and made sure it was passed. This action, said Netanyahu, was in flagrant breach of the traditional American commitment to block any Security Council bid to impose on Israel the terms of a final-status accord with the Palestinians. He stressed that President Obama had bound himself to that commitment.