Posted by on December 26, 2016 4:00 am
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Israel’s Foreign Ministry has reportedly suspended all working ties with 12 of the UN Security Council countries that voted to pass a resolution urging Israel to halt building settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

The move came at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request, one day after he summoned 10 of the nations’ ambassadors to Jerusalem to personally reprimand them for the vote.

Foreign ministers and ambassadors from Britain, France, Russia, China, Japan, Ukraine, Angola, Egypt, Uruguay, Spain, Senegal and New Zealand will not be received at Israel’s Foreign Ministry amid the suspension, the Times of Israel reported. They will also not be granted an audience with Netanyahu.

The US abstained from the unexpected UN vote on Friday, which has further increased tensions between Netanyahu and President Obama stemming from the US-led nuclear negotiations with Iran and Obama’s longstanding opposition to Israel’s settlement policy.

Netanyahu called the US’ refusal to veto the resolution “shameful” and “underhanded,” and on Sunday held a public cabinet meeting where he accused Obama of conspiring with Palestine to craft the resolution and bring it to a vote at the UN.

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