The United Nations Security Council .
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"This is the last sting from President Obama. An act that revealed the true face of the Obama administration," diplomatic sources said in Jerusalem, Saturday night, in response to Friday's UN Security Council vote condemning Israeli settlement activity and labeling it illegal.
The vote passed with fourteen of the 15 voting members of the Council in favor, the United States abstained form the vote instead of using its veto, angering many Israeli politicians and Jewish groups.
"Now the world can see what we have been facing for the past eight years," the source continued.
The move, however, had been expected, explained the source. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had warned that it may happen and the cabinet had already discussed it.
Arab sources and intelligence have informed Israel that the US has worked behind our back, drafting and promoting anti-Israel resolutions, the source said.
Some elected US officials
are now reportedly considering legislation against countries that promoted the move.
Lindsey Graham threatened to campaign for a bipartisan consensus in Congress that would punish those who pushed for the resolution with a cut in US aid— as well as the UN itself, which relies on generous congressional appropriations.
Already, Senators Marco Rubio of Florida, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and James Lankford of Oklahoma signaled support for Graham's initiative, which an Obama administration official said on Friday would only harm US interests if pursued.
"I anticipate this vote will create a backlash in Congress against the United Nations," Graham said. "The organization is increasingly viewed as anti-Semitic and seems to have lost all sense of proportionality. I will do everything in my power, working with the new administration and Congress, to leave no doubt about where America stands when it comes to the peace process and where we stand with the only true democracy in the Middle East."
Michael Wilner contributed to this report.