The US has rejected criticism of its decision not to veto a UN resolution demanding the stop of Israeli settlement building.
Secretary of State John Kerry said that if the US had vetoed the resolution then it would have given tacit approval to Israel to continue so-called illegal settling.
"If we had vetoed this resolution, just the other day, the United States would have been giving licence to further unfettered settlement construction that we fundamentally oppose," Kerry said.
"So we reject the criticism that this vote abandons Israel."
He added: "On the contrary, it is not this resolution that is isolating Israel. It is the permanent policy of settlement construction that risks making peace impossible."
Kerry said that "virtually every country" except for Israel opposes further settlement.
"virtually every country" except for Israel opposes settlement.
Downing Street said it was "not appropriate" for John Kerry to brand the Netanyahu administration as the "most right wing in history".
The Israeli prime minister said the country would stop funding for a number of UN bodies deemed as 'hostile' to Israel.