Israel summons U.S. ambassador as Netanyahu hits out at Obama

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump tweeted after the vote, "As to the United Nations, things will be different after January 20th" - when Trump takes office.

The resolution demands "Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including east Jerusalem".

Israel has hit back at the USA after it allowed a vote to pass in the UN Security Council demanding an end to the building of settlements on occupied territory.

Israel 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. The US has attempted to push forward a "two-state" solution of creating a Palestinian state to exist alongside Israel.

The landmark move by the Security Council came despite an effort led by Israel and backed by USA president-elect Donald Trump to block the text.

"That is why we can not in good conscience stand in the way of a resolution at the United Nations that makes clear that both sides must act now to preserve the possibility of peace", Kerry said.

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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who has not criticized Israeli construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and has announced he will nominate a pro-settlement ambassador, spoke to Egypt's president early Friday, after the postponement was announced.

He also underscored what he called Obama's iron-clad commitment to Israel and its security, noting that the administration recently concluded a major military assistance package.

A settlement in the West Bank.

Power explained that Friday's resolution contained language condemning violence against Israelis, unlike a similar 2011 measure, which the United States vetoed on the grounds that it would harm Middle East peace talks.

"MORE on Thursday, friends don't take friends to the Security Council".

In the run-up to the vote, the Israeli government turned to president-elect Donald Trump, speaking to him in a phonecall in which it is believed he was asked to comment on the matter "in order to put pressure on the Obama administration", says the BBC.

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If the USA had abstained from the vote, the motion would have passed.

Speaking at his start of week cabinet meeting Sunday, Netanyahu said he shared the "feelings, anger and frustration vis-à-vis the unbalanced resolution that is very hostile to the State of Israel, and which the Security Council passed in an unworthy manner".

The U.S.'s move was a break from Washington's long-standing policy of supporting Israel at the United Nations. He noted he has "friends" in the USA who have said the United Nations resolution is "reckless and destructive".

Even as Netanyahu has said he looks forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, he also made it clear he's reconsidering Israel's relationship with the worldwide community.

Mr Netanyahu and President Obama have had a hard relationship during Mr Obama's two terms and Israel feared Washington would take such a measure in the final weeks of Mr Obama's presidency.

Trump told The Associated Press last December that he wanted to be "very neutral" on Israel-Palestinian issues.

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