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Netanyahu: "friends don't take friends to the Security Council"

Monday, December 26, 2016 - 00:58

During his weekly cabinet meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a stinging reprimand of the anti-settlement vote at UN Security Council. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Israel summoned the ambassadors of 10 nations to Jerusalem to reprimand them on Sunday (December 25) and had more harsh words for the Obama administration over a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding an end to settlement-building. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put his personal imprint on the show of anger by repeating at the weekly cabinet meeting what an unidentified Israeli government official contended on Friday - that Washington had conspired with the Palestinians to push for the resolution's adoption. "Over decades American administrations and Israeli governments disagreed about settlements, but we agreed that the Security Council was not the place to resolve this issue," Netanyahu said. "We knew that going there would make negotiations harder and drive peace farther away. As I told John Kerry on Thursday, 'Friends don't take friends to the Security Council.'" The White House has denied the allegation. The vote passed in the 15-member Security Council on Friday because the United States broke with its long-standing approach of diplomatically shielding Israel and did not wield, as a permanent member of the forum, its veto power, instead abstaining. Israel has pursued a policy of constructing settlements on territory it captured in a 1967 war with its Arab neighbors - the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, areas Palestinians seek for a state. Most countries view the settlement activity as illegal and an obstacle to peace. Israel disagrees, citing biblical and historical connections to the West Bank and Jerusalem as well as security interests.

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Netanyahu: "friends don't take friends to the Security Council"

Monday, December 26, 2016 - 00:58