Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed Israel's ambassador
in New Zealand to return home for consultations, his spokesman said
on Friday, in response to a UN
resolution on settlements.
Zealand co-sponsored the resolution demanding Israel stop building
settlements on occupied Palestinian territory along with Malaysia,
Venezuela and Senegal.
resolution put forward at the 15-member council was able to pass
after the Obama administration abstained from using its veto vote.
to a statement issued by Mr Netanyahu's office, he instructed
Israel's ambassadors in New Zealand and Senegal to immediately return
to Israel for consultations.
Netanyahu also ordered the cancellation of visits to Israel of the
non-resident ambassadors of Senegal and New Zealand.
Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand's stance on settlements has
believe that the resolution before the council reflects the longheld
positions that New Zealand has had on this issue," Mr McCully
believe that the trajectory of developments in the Middle East has
been a negative one."
Israeli prime minister also ordered the cancellation of a planned
visit to Israel by the Senegalese foreign minister in three weeks,
and instructed the foreign ministry to cancel all aid programs to
US decision to allow the resolution to pass was a reversal of the
country's practice to protect Israel from United Nations action.
and US President-elect Donald Trump had called on the United States
to veto the measure.
was adopted with 14 votes in favour, to a round of applause. It is
the first resolution the Security Council has adopted on Israel and
the Palestinians in nearly eight years.
will not abide by the UN Security Council’s demands for Tel Aviv to
halt its settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian lands, the
office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.
rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolution at the UN and will not
abide by its terms,” the
statement from the PM’s office said, according to Reuters.
Obama administration “failed
to protect Israel against this gang-up at the UN,” and
what is even worse, “colluded
with it behind the scenes,” the