Trump Promises Change as UN Passes Anti-Israel Resolution

Meanwhile, the US shocks by not vetoing it
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2016 3:17 PM CST
UN Passes Resolution Condemning Israeli Settlements
In this Sept. 20, 2016 photo, a Palestinian man walks near a construction site of a new housing unit in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa.   (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

The UN Security Council on Friday passed a resolution calling for an end to illegal Israeli settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, the BBC reports. The resolution passed the Security Council 14-0 with the US abstaining from the vote. Israeli settlements are seen as a major sticking point in relations with Palestine, but the US has blocked similar resolutions in the past. Here's what you need to know:

  • CBS News calls it a "stunning culmination of years of icy relations" between Obama and Netanyahu that puts the president and the president-elect in direct opposition on a major foreign policy issue.
  • Speaking of, Donald Trump issued a statement Thursday calling for the US to veto the resolution, resulting in Egypt withdrawing it, according to USA Today. But the resolution was reintroduced by New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal, and Venezuela on Friday.
  • "As to the UN, things will be different after Jan. 20," Trump tweeted following Friday's vote.
  • The vote was, predictably, condemned by Israeli officials. "The United States abandoned Israel, its only ally in the Middle East," Haaretz quotes Israeli minister Yuval Steinitz as saying.
  • In an opinion piece for the Washington Post, Eugene Kontorovich calls the vote a "folly" that will make it harder to resolve the "Palestinian issue" and may end up weakening the UN. The Northwestern law professor says the US' abstentian was the result of Obama wanting to "punish" Netanyahu because he doesn't like him while trying to "box in" Trump's foreign policy.
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