Incoming U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer said Friday that it was "extremely frustrating, disappointing and confounding" that the Obama administration did not veto the United Nations Security Council resolution that calls for an end to Israeli settlements.
"I am strongly opposed to the U.N. putting pressure on Israel through one-sided resolutions. An abstention is not good enough. The Administration must veto this resolution," Schumer had said in a statement before news broke that the U.S. would not veto the resolution. He said that he had spoken directly to administration officials earlier on Friday.
The United States gave its biggest rebuke in recent history to longstanding ally Israel, allowing the U.N. Security Council to condemn its settlements and continuing construction in Palestinian territory as a "flagrant violation" of international law.
Schumer tweeted his response:
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