Israel: We've Got Proof Obama Set Up UN Resolution
Says it's ready to hand 'evidence' right over to President-elect Trump
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2016 11:21 AM CST
In this Nov. 9, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

(Newser) – Israel has been voicing its displeasure about the United States' abstention from a UN Security Council vote Friday that called for an end to illegal Israeli settlements. So has Donald Trump, who's vowed "things will be different after Jan. 20th." Now Israel is offering the president-elect what it says is proof that President Obama helped set up the resolution, the Guardian reports. "We have rather iron-clad information from sources in both the Arab world and internationally that this was a deliberate push by the United States and in fact they helped create the resolution in the first place," a rep for PM Benjamin Netanyahu told Fox News. Ron Dermer, Israeli ambassador to DC, elaborated Monday. "It's an old story that the United Nations gangs up on Israel," he said, per the Hill. "What is new is that the United States did not stand up and oppose that gang up. And what is outrageous is that the United States was actually behind that gang up."

The Guardian notes Israel making this threat to present "evidence" to an incoming president against one still in the Oval Office "appears almost unprecedented." But the White House insists that while Obama did decide US Ambassador Samantha Power would abstain during Friday's vote, he wasn't involved in putting together the resolution. "We did not draft this resolution; we did not introduce this resolution. We made this decision when it came up for a vote," Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security adviser, said Friday in a statement. Meanwhile, Israel indicated it's going to flout the UN resolution and go ahead with plans for thousands of new homes in East Jerusalem, per the New York Times. "Israel is a country with national pride, and we do not turn the other cheek," Netanyahu said Monday. (Trump thinks the UN is just a club for people to "have a good time.")

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