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> Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying Saturday, Israel is re-assessing ties with the United Nations following passage of a contentious UN Security Council resolution, demanding an end to Israeli settlements. The UN vote was able to pass on Friday, as the US broke with its long-standing approach of shielding Israel with its veto power, and abstained.
A decision that Netanyahu called quote, shameful. It's seen as a parting shot by President Barack Obama who has had acrimonious relations with Netanyahu and has been highly critical of the settlements. In broadcast remarks, Netanyahu said he's instructed the Foreign Ministry to complete a re-evaluation of all UN contacts including Israeli funding of UN Institutions and the presence of UN representatives in Israel.
The prime minister said he already ordered a stop to nearly $8 million in funding to five UN institutions that are hostile to Israel, although he didn't name them. Republicans Friday condemned the US abstention. Senator John McCain and House Speaker Paul Ryan called it shameful. The US President-elect Donald Trump also weighed in on Twitter saying as to the UN, things will be different after January 20th.
Trump has suggested he might move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, calling it the eternal capital of the Jewish people. Palestinians want an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, areas Israel captured in a 1967 war. Although passage of the resolution is likely to change nothing on the ground between Israel and Palestine, it's seen as a formal denouncement by the international community of Israeli settlement building and could spur further Palestinian moves against Israel in global forums.