Israel summons US ambassador over UN vote

The Hill– Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday summoned the U.S. ambassador to his country, as he increases attacks on the U.S. for not blocking a critical United Nations resolution.

Netanyahu has summoned Dan Shapiro, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, CNN reported.

Netanyahu has harshly criticized the Obama administration for allowing the U.N. Security Council to vote on a resolution condemning Israeli settlements in occupied territories.

The U.S. had the ability to veto the U.N. Security Council resolution, but abstained from the vote Friday, allowing it to pass. The U.S. has typically blocked similar resolutions in the past.

Israel also summoned the ambassadors from Russia, China, the United Kingdom and France, the other permanent members of the Security Council, according to CBS New York.

The Israeli leader has accused Obama of working covertly to get the censure approved.

Netanyahu said Israel was aware bringing the issue to the U.N. would “make negotiations harder. He noted he has “friends” in the U.S. who have said the U.N. resolution is “reckless and destructive.”

Netanyahu on Sunday also said he’s considering a “plan of action” against the U.N.

And Israel has lashed out at a number of nations who voted in favor of the resolution, canceling a planned visit by Ukraine’s prime minister and recalling its ambassadors to Senegal and New Zealand.