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Pro-Palestinian supporters call for a recognised Palestinian State in Parliament Square London

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu responds to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry admonishing the Jewish state in a speech Wednesday morning at the State Department.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly phoned New Zealand's foreign minister Murray McCully to tell him that New Zealand's support for a United Nations vote on Israeli settlement-building would be a "declaration of war".

His remarks come amid heightened tensions between the United States and Israel after the U.S. abstained in a UN Security Council resolution calling for Israel to give up its settlements on the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

As for President Elect Donald Trump, he made the above tweets in support of Israel and in condemnation of the Obama Administration's policies ahead of Secretary Kerry's speech.

Discussion on the hundreds of other homes was pulled from the agenda in a move following last week's UN Security Council resolution demanding a halt to Israeli settlement building.

Trump on Wednesday urged Israel to "stay strong" until his administration kicks in.

Trump weighed in on Twitter Wednesday, saying, "We can not continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect".

But the bulk of the speech was addressed toward attempting to explain the decision not to veto the resolution, with Kerry saying that Netanyahu's policies of proudly building more settlements than any previous Israeli government was "leading towards one state". He also warned that if Kerry establishes principles for a peace deal as anticipated, it will limit President-elect Donald Trump's ability to lay out his own policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "They used to have a great friend in the USA, but." he tweeted Wednesday morning.

"No administration has done more for Israeli security than that of Barack Obama's", Kerry said, mentioning the constant military, financial and diplomatic support the USA have provided Israel in the past eight years.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said the resolution "paves the way" for the upcoming conference on Middle East peace in France on 15 January.

Israel views Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel alone, which deviates from the precedent of negotiations for a two-state solution.

By Sunday, cabinet ministers were reportedly ordered to stop traveling to or meeting with officials of countries that voted in favour of the United Nations resolution.

Kerry also reiterated his and the current American government's support for a two state solution to the conflict.

A Jewish settler covers herself from rain in Amona, an unauthorized Israeli outpost at the West Bank, east of the Palestinian town of Ramallah, Dec. 18, 2016.

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