While visiting Berlin tonight, Netanyahu told the German daily Die Welt that he was "disappointed" by Merkel, though he appreciated the chancellor's support during the most recent Gaza conflict, he said. "At the same time it would be insincere if I were to hide that I was disappointed over the German abstention at the United Nations -- like many in Israel," he added.
"I think Chancellor Merkel was of the opinion that this vote would in some way foster peace. In fact the opposite is the case: after the UN vote, the Palestinian Authority under president (Mahmud) Abbas is making plans to join with the terrorists of Hamas," Netanyahu said.
"In spite of the good intentions behind the German abstention, I believe that the opposite effect was achieved. It set back the cause of peace," he added.