Tamil Diplomat

Israeli PM summons US ambassador amid UN vote row

Israel’s prime minister has summoned the US ambassador amid a growing row after the US eased the passage of a resolution against Israel at the UN. Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also foreign minister, took the unusual step of calling Dan Shapiro to his office. It comes after Israel summoned ambassadors from countries which voted for Friday’s resolution.

The reprimands came after Israel vowed to take retaliatory steps for what it called a “shameful” act by the UN. The measure, which harshly criticised Israeli settlement activity in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, passed when the US abstained instead of using its veto.

Israel has accused the US, its closest ally but a frequent critic of settlements, of engineering the vote a charge Washington has denied. “From the information that we have, we have no doubt that the Obama administration initiated it, stood behind it, co-ordinated on the wording and demanded that it be passed,” Mr Netanyahu said. “Friends don’t take friends to the Security Council,” he said.(BBC,2016)