Obama Administration Abstains, Defying Trump, As UN Votes To Condemn Israel Settlements

Israel lashed out at the Obama administration  "friends don't act that way" after Ambassador Power abstained (refusing to veto) as The United Nations passed a resolution demanding Israel to stop settlement building on occupied Palestinian territory. As NYTimes notes, the administration’s decision not to veto the measure broke a longstanding American tradition of serving as Israel’s sturdiest diplomatic shield, and defied extraordinary pressure from President-elect Trump.

As The New York Times reports, the administration’s decision not to veto the measure came a day after Mr. Trump personally intervened to keep the draft measure, proposed by Egypt, from coming up for a vote on Thursday, as scheduled.

Mr. Trump’s aides said he spoke to the Israeli prime minister,Benjamin Netanyahu. Both men also spoke to the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Egypt postponed the vote.

 

But in a show of mounting frustration, a group of other countries on the 15-member Security Council — all of them relatively powerless temporary members with rotating two-year seats — snatched the resolution away from Egypt and put it up for a vote Friday afternoon.

 

It passed 14 votes in favor, with the United States abstaining.

Ambassador Power tried to explain herself (yes that Smantha Power):

  • *POWER QUOTES REAGAN IN DEFENSE OF U.S. ABSTENTION ON UN VOTE
  • *POWER SAYS VOTE WAS NOT `STRAIGHTFORWARD' FOR U.S.
  • *POWER SAYS ISRAEL STILL TREATED DIFFERENTLY AT THE UN
  • *POWER: CAN'T CHAMPION SETTLEMENTS AND TWO-STATE SOLUTION TOO
  • *POWER: UN RESOLUTION `TOO NARROWLY FOCUSED' ON SETTLEMENTS

As yet Donald Trump has not tweeted his response, but the Israelis are not happy:

  • *ISRAEL'S STEINITZ ON U.S. VOTE: `FRIENDS DON'T ACT THAT WAY'
  • *UN VOTE NOT ANTI-SETTLEMENT, IT'S ANTI-ISRAEL: YUVAL STEINITZ
  • Manoj Rawal: U.S. HAS "ABANDONED ISRAEL," #ISRAELI MINISTER CLOSE TO #NETANYAHU SAYS AFTER UN SECURITY COUNCIL VOTE ON
  • *ISRAEL'S DANON SAYS U.S. VETO OF UN MOVE `WAS TO BE EXPECTED'
  • *ISRAEL'S DANON: `NEW ERA' WILL COME WITH TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

Paul Ryan has chimed in:

  • *RYAN SAYS U.S. REFUSAL TO VETO UN ISRAEL RESOLUTION `SHAMEFUL'

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