Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday speech">defended the United States' decision to abstain on a United Nations Security Council vote condemning Israeli settlement activity, saying the USA could not "allow a viable two-state solution to be destroyed before our eyes".
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned the US ambassador to Israel to directly express his displeasure, and on Tuesday Israeli officials claimed to have "ironclad" information that the Obama administration didn't just abstain, but actively helped develop the resolution.
In a radio interview, Mr Erdan said John Kerry's speech was part of a broader effort to hinder the incoming administration of Donald Trump, who has signalled he will have much warmer relations with Israel.
This news came after reports of a bitter phone call between the Israeli leader and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully where Netanyahu said NZ's actions amounted to a "declaration of war".
Kerry defended the Obama administration against claims that it has deserted Israel, saying the USA has consistently made clear that it supports the country.
"We can not continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect", Trump said in a series of tweets Wednesday.
There has been a lot of media coverage on the United Nations Security Council's resolution against Israeli settlements ("Obama is at fault in Israel settlement mess,"Dec. 27)".
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Brooks said that his organization was "confident that President Trump and the Republican Congress will work quickly to reverse these statements and actions, and reestablish the strong bonds between the United States and Israel". "What he did was spend most of the speech blaming Israel for the lack of peace", he said.
"We should seriously consider withholding funds from the United Nations until this resolution is rescinded entirely", Cotton said.
Israel fears that the speech could be the first step in a sequence of diplomatic moves ahead of a French-hosted summit on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is scheduled for mid-January just before Mr Kerry leaves.
"If it's in America's interests to pursue a two-state solution, why should we be silent when there are policies being pursued that make a two-state solution impossible?"
In defending the resolution's passage, Kerry said the U.S. would not have been true to its values if it allowed a "viable two-state solution to be destroyed before our own eyes". He added that it is the continuous support of settlement policy that isolates the country from the global community, which overwhelmingly opposes Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
"The status quo is leading toward one state, or perpetual occupation", Kerry said.