UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Security Council members have rebuked the U.S. announcement that it no longer considers Israeli settlements to be a violation of international law. They’re stressing that the settlements are illegal and undermine a potential two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The council’s monthly Mideast meeting, just two days after the U.S. announcement, was dominated by negative reaction to the new American policy.

Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon backed the U.S. action, saying it “rights a historical wrong.” Israel is a not a member of the Security Council.

Kuwait’s Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi said 14 council members agreed on a press statement Wednesday saying settlements are illegal and undermine a two-state solution and a 2016 council resolution. But he said one country objected — a reference to the United States.

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