Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu called the US Ambassador Daniel Shapiro to Israel for a special meeting over the UN’s resolution condemning Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory.
Shapiro was summoned on 25 December 2016.
His summon came hours after 14 envoys of other United Nations Security Council (UNSC) member states were asked to appear before the Israel foreign ministry.
Shapiro was called in to discuss United States’ decision to abstain from voting, which eventually led to the adoption of the resolution.
Israel’s Prime Minister called the resolution shameful and rejected it out rightly. Apart from this,
Netanyahu has also instructed Israel’s ambassadors to New Zealand and Senegal to return immediately to Israel for consultations in response to the newly passed resolution.
Netanyahu also added that Jerusalem will also be re-assessing its ties with the United States. He is hoping that the decision would be reversed once Trump takes over.
US decision to abstain is the work of the Obama administration.About the UN resolution
- It demands a quick end to all Israeli settlement building activities on the occupied Palestinian territory including East Jerusalem.
- It was initially created by Egypt but was withdrawn later, as the country was unsure of its chances of passing, especially after US President-Elect Donald Trump asked the current US administration to veto it.
- However, it was re-introduced to the UNSC by member states namely Malaysia, New Zealand, Venezuela and Senegal on 23 December 2016.
- In spite of the intense efforts put in by Israeli Prime Minister and Donald Trump to ensure the United States blocks the resolution, the US abstained from voting.
- The resolution was eventually adopted with 14 out of 15 UNSC members voting in favour of it.
- This marks the first resolution that has been adopted by the UNSC on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 1979.