Netanyahu summons US ambassador to protest UN vote

(Photo credit MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned the American ambassador Sunday to protest the Obama administration’s role in allowing an anti-settlement resolution to pass the U.N. Security Council, as his government accused the U.S. of helping orchestrate the vote.

According to The Wall Street Journal, U.S. ambassador Daniel Shapiro was called to the prime minister’s office where he was told the resolution would not help the peace process.

“Acts such as these hinder peace and [do] not promote it. That was the message,” an Israeli official told the Journal.

The U.S. abstained in Friday’s vote, allowing the council to approve it. The Israeli foreign ministry reportedly also summoned diplomats from 10 of the 14 countries that backed the resolution.

The mounting tensions over Friday’s proceedings have sent already-frosty ties between the Obama and Netanyahu governments to their lowest level yet. The rare summoning of the American ambassador was only the latest flare-up.

On Sunday, Israel’s government also accused the U.S. of pulling the strings in last week’s dramatic developments.

“We have rather ironclad information from sources in both the Arab world and internationally that this was a deliberate push by the United States and in fact they helped create the resolution in the first place,” Netanyahu spokesman David Keyes said on Fox News’ “America’s News HQ.”

Netanyahu made similar claims during a meeting with cabinet ministers.


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