The United States allowed a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction to be adopted.
The Security Council approved the resolution with 14 votes and the US abstaining. The abstention came in defiance of pressure to veto from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government in alliance with President-elect Donald Trump.
An Israeli official told CNN that his country approached the Trump team after it felt that it had failed to persuade the Obama administration to veto. Defying convention for a president-elect, Trump on Thursday put out a statement opposing the resolution.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi also spoke with Trump by phone about the vote, according to a diplomatic source familiar with the call and an aide to Trump.
The UN resolution calls on Israel to "Immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem." It had been delayed by Egypt on Thursday. Ref. CNN.
Kerry: U.S. Abstention on U.N. Vote reflected 'our values'
Secretary of state John Kerry delivered a farewell speech on Wednesday to outline his proposals for a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians. His speech comes days after the U.S. Refused to veto a United Nations Security Council resolution that called Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem a violation of international law. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has slammed the resolution and accused the U.S. Of colluding with the Palestinians in drawing it up. Israeli leaders have made no secret they are counting on President-elect Donald Trump to change U.S. Policy. Ref. USAToday.
Israel feels they should get Palestinian land after the six day war but how much of that day will Palestinians have to pay for? They make the excuse of terrorist acts against Israel but that is what you get with occupation. I am not justifying those attacks I am just saying its not justified to take land because if it.
Plan approved for 2,500 new illegal, squatter homes in occupied West Bank:
The largest recent settlement building plan announced by Israel, which came as the country feels emboldened by US President Donald Trump, who is not critical of illegal settlement activity, as opposed to his predecessor Barack Obama. Ref. Source 5t.
New Israel settlement law crosses 'thick red line': UN:
A recent Israeli law legalizing construction of settler units in the occupied Palestinian territories has drawn a wave of condemnations from across the world, with the United Nations saying the Israeli regime has crossed a 'thick red line'. Ref. Source 7w.