Trump urges veto of United Nations motion on Israel settlements

Josh Kim
Декабря 24, 2016

The draft resolution demands that "Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem".

Hamas, which governs Gaza, said Saturday the UN Security Council vote reiterated the worldwide community's rejection of Israeli policy. Its approval was met with sustained applause in the chamber.

A "no" vote by the United States or any of the other four permanent members of the council - Russia, China, France or Great Britain - would have killed it. Israeli officials said they were aware of such plans by the White House and had turned to Trump for support.

"There's one president at a time", he said.

Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama have had a strained relationship, especially over the issue of Israeli settlements.

Trump campaigned on a promise to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and chose as ambassador to Israel the hardliner David Friedman, who has said Washington will not seek to curtail settlement building in the West Bank.

"As to the United Nations, things will be different after January 20th" Trump tweeted.

"In the event that Egypt decides that it can not proceed to call for vote on 23 December or does not provide a response by the deadline, those delegations reserve the right to table the draft ... and proceed to put it to vote ASAP", the four states wrote in a note, seen by Reuters.

The Obama administration defied calls from the Israeli prime minister and US President-elect Donald Trump to use its veto.

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President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday urged the UN Security Council to veto a resolution that would halt Israeli settlement activities.

The United States has long complained of anti-Israel bias at the United Nations.

U.S. officials have voiced growing fears that a "two-state" solution is imperiled by Israeli settlement building and have been more willing to voice open criticism, including, the two Western officials said, via Thursday's planned vote.

But incoming Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer slammed for letting Israel twist in the wind.

"Prime Minister Netanyahu had the opportunity to pursue policies that would have led to a different outcome today", Rhodes said.

Netanyahu also blasted the vote.

Israel's ambassador to the United Nations called the resolution "an evil decree" and suggested Israel will ignore it.

Lieberman told CNN he thinks Friedman, like his soon-to-be boss, wants to help craft a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which has eluded world leaders for almost 70 years.

Mr Obama's administration has expressed mounting anger over the continued expansion of Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, and speculation has grown that he could launch another initiative before leaving office next month.

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