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Quotation

Netanyahu doesn’t want anyone interfering as he destroys diplomatic relations with the countries, some friendly to Israel, that “dared” to vote for the resolution declaring the settlements illegal. The burial of the Foreign Ministry and the abandonment of diplomacy turns out to be part of a broad and dangerous plan to disengage from international law and stop playing by its rules.

— The UN settlements vote: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is dragging Israel into the abyss (Haaretz editorial)