President-Elect Donald Trump is not about to allow the United Nations to determine United States policy or to disrupt relations with long-standing allies.
“The resolution being considered at the United Nations Security Council regarding Israel should be vetoed,” Trump stated about a recent UN Resolution regarding Israel.
“This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis,”Donald Trump said after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Barack Obama to veto a United Nations Security Council draft resolution calling to settlement building on land Palestinians want to claim for a state, to come to an abrupt and immediate halt.
The Obama era of weakness and compliance with foreign political correctness at the U.N. is about to come to an end.
Prime Minister Netanyahu took a page from Trump’s book and began tweeting about the disastrous resolution late last night. Netanyahu’s said, via Twitter, that Obama might be in the midst of taking one final shot at Israel before leaving the Oval Office, the Jerusalem Post reports.
Trump also stated, “The United States has long maintained, peace between the Israelis and Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations.”
On Wednesday evening Egypt circulated the draft of the resolution to the 15-member United Nations Security Council. The council will vote on the matter at 3 p.m. today.
The U.N. resolution would demand Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in Palestinian territory, including east Jerusalem.” Staying true to form, the White House has been unwilling to take a firm stand on this controversial issue and has not shown any indication of backing our only true ally in the Middle East.
According to reported statements from Egypt, it is currently unclear how the United States will vote on the matter. In the past, America has worked diligently to protect Israel from the United Nation’s desire to follow through with a two-state solution in the region.
Some diplomats are, reportedly, hoping Obama will stay silent on the matter and merely abstain from the vote – allowing it to move forward within the United Nations Security Council. The difference in governing mindsets between the lame duck President and the President-Elect has never been more clear.
“In a few hours we will receive the answer from our American friends,” Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon, said during an interview on Israeli Army Radio. “I hope very much it will be the same one we received in 2011 when the version was very similar to the one proposed now and the US ambassador to the UN at the time, Susan Rice, vetoed it.”
The United Nations resolution draft states the building of settlements by Israel has “no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law.” Obama has been extremely critical of the construction of Israeli settlements in both Jerusalem and the West Bank throughout his tenure in office.
Leaders of Israel settlements and top government officials have reportedly been encouraged by the election of Donald Trump. The President-Elect has indicated he will foster a more friendly relationship with our ally. He has even appointed one of his attorneys as Washington’s new ambassador to Israel.
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