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Israel Moves Ahead With East Jerusalem Settlement Plan Despite UN Vote

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Following the U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the building of settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said Tuesday the country is limiting its “work contacts” with 10 countries that voted in its favor. A spokesman explained Israel would curtail “travels of officials from Israel” to Britain, Russia, France, China, Japan, Ukraine, Angola, Egypt, Uruguay, and Spain “until otherwise decided,” and Israel said Monday that it would proceed with plans for 5,600 new homes in East Jerusalem. In the past, the U.S. has used its veto power to shield Israel from such criticism at the Security Council, but this time the Obama administration abstained. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli officials accused President Obama of orchestrating the resolution, and President-elect Donald Trump said things will be different when he takes office in January.

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