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    Netanyahu Summons Ambassadors After UN Vote on Settlements Resolution

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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned on Sunday 14 ambassadors of the UN Security Council (UNSC) member states, including Russia, following their vote on a resolution demanding to stop the Israeli settlement-building policy in the West Bank, Netanyahu’s spokeswoman told RIA Novosti.

    TEL AVIV (Sputnik) — She added that the meetings would be held separately with the respective deputies of the director general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

    "Israeli Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Foreign Ministry to summon the ambassadors of the UNSC member states that voted on a resolution against the settlement activities," the spokeswoman said.

    On Friday, the UN Security Council passed a resolution in a 14-0 vote, with the only abstention from the United States, condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The resolution states that Israel should immediately and completely cease all settlement activities on "occupied Palestinian territory," including in East Jerusalem.

    Over 500,000 Israeli settlers live in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, which Israel captured during the 1967 war. The settlements are considered illegal by the United Nations.

    Israeli authorities criticized the resolution and refused to abide by its provisions.


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