Israel on Sunday summoned ambassadors of countries that belong to the UN Security Council for a Christmas Day reprimand for their support of a resolution condemning Israel’s illegal settlements on Palestinian lands.
以色列周日召见联合国安理会(UN Security Council)成员国驻该国的大使，在圣诞日当天批评这些国家支持一项谴责以色列在巴勒斯坦土地上建立非法定居点的决议。
The UK was among the countries that saw its diplomats called into Israel’s ministry of foreign affairs on Sunday, David Quarrey, Britain’s ambassador to Israel, told the Financial Times.
With Mr Quarrey in the UK, British diplomat Tony Kay was summoned in his place.
The ambassador of the US, which abstained in Friday’s vote, was not among the envoys summoned, the Israeli foreign ministry said, but those of countries who backed the resolution were.
The move came as Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled a visit to Israel by Volodymyr Groysman, his Ukrainian counterpart, and accused US President Barack Obama of disgraceful behaviour for failing to exercise the US veto.
以色列做出此举之际，该国总理本雅明.内塔尼亚胡(Benjamin Netanyahu)取消了乌克兰总理弗拉基米尔.格罗伊斯曼(Volodymyr Groysman)访问以色列之行，并指责美国总统巴拉克.奥巴马(Barack Obama)未能行使美国否决权的可耻行为。
Mr Groysman had due to arrive in Israel on Wednesday on his first official visit to the Jewish state.
Israel will also suspend some of its funding to the UN, Mr Netanyahu said in a vituperative speech on Saturday evening, in which he warned of further diplomatic and economic retaliation against countries that opposed Israel in international bodies.
The Israeli leader vowed to work with incoming US President Donald Trump and members of Congress to fight all-out war against this resolution,
in his sharpest public attack ever on Mr Obama.
The resolution that was passed at the UN yesterday is part of the swan song of the old world that is biased against Israel but, my friends, we are entering a new era, Mr Netanyahu said at a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony.
And just as President-elect Trump said yesterday, it will happen much sooner than you think.
Speaking ahead of a weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Mr Netanyahu accused Mr Obama of orchestrating the UN resolution.
From the information that we have, we have no doubt that the Obama administration initiated it, stood behind it, co-ordinated on the wording and demanded that it be passed, he said.
However, a senior Obama administration official, speaking anonymously to Reuters on Friday, said that the US played no role in crafting or promoting the resolution, contrary to Israeli claims.
Mr Netanyahu said: And, as I told [US secretary of state] John Kerry on Thursday, friends don’t take friends to the Security Council.
The UN Security Council on Friday passed a resolution demanding that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities, and calling on member states to distinguish between Israel and the territories, including East Jerusalem, that it occupied in the 1967 Six Day War.