Hence the reason his administration rushed to condemn Israel.

Via Israel National News:

The New York Times reported on Sunday that President Obama had been shocked to hear about the Israeli government’s decision to approve the construction of 3,000 Jewish homes in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem in response to the Palestinian Authority’s unilateral move at the United Nations.

The report claimed that Obama heard about the construction approval just several hours before it was reported in the media.

However, Netanyahu had warned on Thursday night, as the UN approved the PAresolution, that Israel would respond in the manner it would find appropriate.

“By going to the UN, the Palestinians have violated the agreements with Israel and Israel will act accordingly,” said a statement by Netanyahu’s office.

Shortly after the announcement of the construction approval was made, the White House condemned Israel’s decision as “counterproductive” and said it would make resuming peace talks harder.