The administration of Juan Manuel Santos said it would abstain from a vote on Palestinian membership in the United Nations. Now Santos is critical of Israel as well, telling the government to stop building in disputed territories. Of course, Colombia has a close relationship with the United States, so refusing to vote did not come as a surprise. Comments like these, however, show that abstention does not equate to agreement with Israel. They are also another example of how much more Latin American presidents are becoming vocal about (and at times even involved in) Middle East politics.