Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he plans to defy the United Nations resolution that bans his country from building settlements in land claimed by the Palestinians.
“Israel rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolute at the U.N. and will not abide by its terms,” Netanyahu said Friday, via a statement released by his office following the controversial resolution approval.
The statement went on to tear into the U.N’s Security Council, which was the body behind Friday’s anti-Israel resolution.
“At a time when the Security Council does nothing to stop the slaughter of half a million people in Syria, it disgracefully gangs up on the one true democracy in the Middle East, Israel, and calls the Western Wall ‘occupied territory,” Netanyahu’s statement said.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power similarly faulted the U.N. for targeting Israel with a barrage of hostile resolutions in explaining why the United States would not vote for the resolution. But the ongoing construction of settlements in disputed Palestinian territory, she said, justified allowing it to pass without a veto. “Our vote today is fully in line with the bipartisan history of how American presidents have approached both the issue and the role of this body,” Power said.
Although Obama’s advisers maintained that his team did not make a final decision on whether to veto or abstain from voting on the resolution until Friday, Netanyahu accused them of “colluding” with Israel’s enemies at the U.N.
Similarly, Netanyahu tore into President Barack Obama for his “gang up” on Israel and “collusion” with the United Nations.
The U.N’s actions have caused a large uproar in the U.S., which is traditionally very, very friendly with Israel and considers the country one of it’s few real allies in the unstable Middle East.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is so distraught with the U.N’s actions that on Saturday he called for all U.S. funds to be stripped from the international body.