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Published: Sat, December 24, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Israel hopes to work with Trump after United Nations settlements resolution office


Israel rejects the UN Security Council's anti-settlement resolution out of hand and has no intention of abiding by it, the Prime Minister's Bureau said late Friday night.

"The Obama administration not only failed to protect Israel against this gang-up at the United Nations, it colluded with it behind the scenes", the bureau said.

McCain pointed out that the abstention did not align with the U.S. position of backing Israel in the United Nations. It demands that Israel "immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory". That's the day he will be inaugurated as president.

"I will do everything in my power, working with the new Administration and Congress, to leave no doubt about where America stands when it comes to the peace process and where we stand with the only true democracy in the Middle East, Israel", the South Carolina Republican, who's chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, said in a statement following the vote.

Levin linked to a Reuter's report, highlighted by The Right Scoop, that cited a senior Israeli government official who said that President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry were "behind" the move to put the resolution through. We have full confidence in the justice of our cause and in the righteousness of our path.

He said it had been frustrating that the United Nations had not spoken out about the settlements for so long.

Trump has signalled he will be far more sympathetic to Israel's stances on the two territories, where some Israelis live.

Had it occurred before November 8, today's US abstention on an otherwise unanimous U.N. Security Council resolution declaring Israeli settlement activity on the occupied West Bank illegal would have been an eye-raising but predictable expression of the Obama administration's frustration with an Israeli government that seems to be inching toward a formal abandonment of a two-state solution to the country's relations with Palestinians. His campaign platform made no mention of the establishment of a Palestinian state, a core policy objective of Democratic and Republican presidents over the past two decades.

He also has vowed to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which would anger Palestinians and lack worldwide support. Trump's pick for ambassador to Israel, Jewish-American lawyer David Friedman, is a donor and vocal supporter of the settlements.

The resolution is little different in tone or substance from Obama's view, with the exception of its language on the legality of settlements.

"By voting "yes", in favor of this resolution, you have in fact voted "no.' You voted "no" to negotiations".

The resolution formally enshrined the worldwide community's disapproval of Israeli settlement building and could spur further Palestinian moves against Israel in global forums. After all, a reversal of the resolution would require it pass the Security Council without the veto of any of its permanent members, which needless to say is a highly unlikely scenario.

In Washington, Republicans were already threatening consequences. Sen.

Before the vote passed, Graham warned that if the United Nations moved forward with the resolution, he would work to form a coalition to "suspend or significantly reduce" USA assistance to the organization. He said countries receiving US aid also could be penalized for backing the effort.

In a Hanukkah message on Friday, Mr Obama did not mention the matter.

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