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Israeli PM Netanyahu to re-assess UN ties

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By Atack Patrick
Israeli PM Netanyahu to re-assess UN ties

<p>Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has reacted angrily to the US abstention on a UN resolution condeming settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.</p> <p>He accused President Obama of a shameful move, and said he is looking forward to working with the incoming Trump administration – predicted to be heavily pro-Israel.</p> <p>He said he has asked his government to re-asses current contracts and agreements with the UN.</p> <p>“I instructed the Foreign Ministry to complete a re-evaluation of all our contacts with the United Nations, including the Israeli funding of U.N. institutions and the presence of U.N. representatives in Israel, within a month”.</p> <p>Netanyahu made the comments at a Chanukah celebration on Friday.</p> <p>He added that he has already begun the process, by instructing his government to stop the payment of around<br /> €7 million to five United Nations institutions and bodies, though he did not elaborate on the details of this order.</p> <p>The US officially opposes the expansion of West Bank and East Jerusalem settlements, but has historically used its Security Council veto to block similar resolutions and support its ally Israel.</p> <p>Obama and Netanyahu have had a strained relationship, as the US President has seen his efforts to forge a two-state solution fail.</p> <p>Netanyahu added that he felt Friday’s abstention at the UN was a direct in contradiction of US-Israeli agreements, which Obama himself had previously supported.</p> <p>“And yesterday, in complete contrast to that commitment, including an explicit commitment by President Obama himself in 2011, the Obama administration conducted a shameful anti-Israel ambush at the UN.”</p> <p>Israel’s policy of building on land captured in 1967 is widely seen as illegal and a stumbling block for lasting peace. Israel disagree, and see the land as rightfully theirs.</p>