Netanyahu slams Kerry over Israeli settlements speech

Dec 29, 2016, 3:50 AM EST
Secretary of State John Kerry meet with PM Benjamin Netanyahu, at the David Citadel Hotel Jerusalem April 9, 2013.
(Source: U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv/flickr)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized outgoing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for his “unbalanced” speech that described Israel’s settlement construction in the occupied West Bank as a grave threat to striking a peace deal with the Palestinians. The condemnation comes on the heels of America’s decision on Friday to not veto a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for an end to Israeli settlement construction.

While the Obama administration endorses a “two-state solution” to break the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian deadlock, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump backed Israel with a tweet that read, “We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such disdain and disrespect,” writes the BBC.

The U.S. abstention in the Security Council and the subsequent acrimonious exchanges between the two close allies mark a new low in the ties between Israel’s government and the Obama administration, reports The Guardian.