WaEx: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he indicated to Secretary of State John Kerry that he is not acting as a friend to Israel.
“As I told [Secretary of State] John Kerry on Thursday, friends don’t take friends to the Security Council,” Netanyahu said Sunday at the start of his weekly Cabinet meeting.
In a 14-0 vote on Friday, the U.N. Security Council condemned Israel for settlements in areas of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The Obama administration abstained on the measure, marking an historic shift in U.S. policy just weeks before Obama completes his second term in the White House.
Netanyahu called the move a “complete contradiction of the traditional American policy,” as the U.S. had vetoed a similar resolution in 2011, and he singled out President Obama himself for walking back on his “explicit commitment” to “refrain from such steps.” MORE