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Israel summons 10 ambassadors over UN vote against settlements

Ambassadors to Britain, China, Russia, France, Egypt, Japan, Uruguay, Spain, Ukraine and New Zealand were summoned on Sunday.

During an Israeli cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu again criticized Washington for its stance toward the UN Security Council’s decision.

The Israeli premier also accused the administration of US President Barack Obama of initiating the resolution, saying “According to our information, we have no doubt the Obama administration initiated it, stood behind it, coordinated the wording and demanded it be passed.”

Netanyahu said the Tel Aviv regime “agreed that the Security Council was not the place to resolve this issue,”

“We knew that going there would make negotiations harder and drive peace farther away. As I told John Kerry (the US secretary of state) on Thursday, Friends don’t take friends to the Security Council.”

On Friday, Netanyahu blamed Washington for cooperating with Palestinians to push for the adoption of the resolution. The White House has denied the allegation.

Security Council Resolution 2334, passed on Friday with unanimous approval from 14 members with the United States abstaining, called on Israel to “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory,” including East Jerusalem al-Quds.

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