Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday blasted the Obama administration for not blocking a United Nations resolution condemning Israeli settlements in occupied territories.
The U.S. had the ability to veto the U.N. Security Council resolution, but abstained from the vote Friday, allowing it to pass.
“Over decades, American administrations and Israeli governments have disagreed about settlements, but we agreed that the Security Council was not the place to resolve this issue,” Netanyahu said in English at his weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, according to CBS News.
“As I told [Secretary of State] John KerryJohn KerryOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Climate divides conservative Democrats in reconciliation push Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Altria — Walrus detectives: Scientists recruit public to spot mammal from space 12 top U.S. officials to join Biden at major climate conference MORE on Thursday, friends don’t take friends to the Security Council."
The Security Council on Friday voted 14-0 on a resolution condemning Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory as a "flagrant violation" of international law the have "no legal validity." It demands a halt to "all Israeli settlement activities," saying this "is essential for salvaging the two-state solution."
The U.S. has veto power in the Security Council and has used it for similar resolutions in the past.
Netanyahu said Israel was aware bringing the issue to the U.N. would "make negotiations harder. He noted he has "friends" in the U.S. who have said the U.N. resolution is "reckless and destructive."
"I look forward to working with those friends and the new administration when it takes office next month," he said.