Dec 29 2016
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.
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.
Dec 29 2016
Girl uses sleeping mom's fingerprint to unlock phone, order Christmas presents online
They later found out that their notorious daughter had shopped all the items herself without anybody's consent. That's when little Ashlynd seized the opportunity to indulge in her love for all things Pokémon.
Dec 28 2016
Send donations to Goodwill in your leftover Amazon box
Amazon and Goodwill are helping you get rid of your old Amazon boxes while helping a good cause. All boxes are routed to a local Goodwill where the donated items are sorted and sold.
Dec 27 2016
Antonio Conte explains why Michy Batshuayi was left out v Bournemouth
A lot of the players will be there again and sometimes a good result can inspire those memories to come back. "I think every single player, every forward, is different for characteristics", said Conte.
Dec 26 2016
Netanyahu calls in U.S. envoy in fallout over United Nations vote
Israel argues the final status of the territories should be determined in any future talks on Palestinian statehood. While Hamas did not mention the U.S. , the vote would not have gone through had Washington chose to veto it.
Dec 26 2016
Zara and Mike Tindall lose their baby, spokesperson says
The couple, who married in 2011, are already parents to two-year-old Mia , who will celebrate her third birthday in January. The Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall have lost their baby, their spokeswoman has said.
Dec 24 2016
Mariah Carey's Luxurious Aspen Airbnb Rental Is All We Want For Christmas
She captioned the sexy shot: "Getting into the Christmas spirit with this exquisite tree in a lovely home for our family!" If you can't be in NY to see the spectacular light show yourself, many websites online are streaming the Christmas mashup.
Dec 24 2016
Oil Prices Drop from Larger US Reserves and More Libyan Offer
The inventories drew by 4.15 million barrels as opposed to expectations of 2.5 million barrel draw. This was the first increase in the stockpile in almost six weeks, the Energy Department said.
Dec 24 2016
Deadly Explosion Rips Through Fireworks Market Near Mexico City
However, a firefighter told El País that market vendors still didn't always prevent people from trying out the wicks on fireworks. Hundreds of stalls in the same market were destroyed in another explosion in 2005 , and again after a similar fire in 2006.
Dec 23 2016
Burnley agree deal to re-sign Joey Barton until end of season
Barton helped Burnley back into the Premier League by playing a starring role in their Championship win last term. Barton will now be back in his former club next month, although his availability is subject to global clearance.
Dec 23 2016
Zion Lutheran to hold Christmas services
Sunday Worship and Sunday school with nursery care available at 9:30 a.m. followed by fellowship and coffee all are welcome. Refreshments are included at the church located a few miles east of Elmore City near the State Highway 29 and Airline Road.
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