Netanyahu slams Obama over UN vote against Israel

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned outgoing US President Barack Obama and said he is looking forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump after the US allowed the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution against illegal Israeli settlements.

Netanyahu made the comments on Saturday, a day after the Obama administration allowed the resolution to pass by refusing to veto it, breaking from a long-standing practice to shield Israel from UN condemnation.

“The Obama administration conducted a shameful anti-Israel ambush at the UN,” Netanyahu said. “We are entering a new era and as the President-elect Trump said yesterday, this is going to happen much quicker than people think.”

Netanyahu said the US abstention was “in complete contrast” to US commitments not to impose conditions on Israel at the Security Council.

The UN resolution, while mostly symbolic, could further isolate Israel and hinder its negotiating position in future…

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