United States abstains allowing United Nations Security Council to pass anti-settlement resolution


The United Nations Security Council on Friday passed a resolution that simultaneously declares Israeli settlements as illegal and calls for an end to further settlement construction and growth.

The resolution passed as the United States did not use its veto power against the resolution, but rather sustained. Of the 15 member states, the United States sustained and all 14 others voted in favor, passing “Resolution 2334”.

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office responded to the resolution, stating that Israel “will not abide by its terms” the Prime Minister stating that the Obama Administration not only failed Israel, but also “colluded” with the UN.

Netanyahu’s Office released the following statement: Israel rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolution at the UN and will not abide by its terms. At a time when the Security Council does nothing to stop the slaughter of half a million people in Syria, it disgracefully gangs up on the one true democracy in the Middle East, Israel, and calls the Western Wall “occupied territory.” The Obama administration not only failed to protect Israel against this gang-up at the UN, it colluded with it behind the scenes. Israel looks forward to working with President-elect Trump and with all our friends in Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike, to negate the harmful effects of this absurd resolution.

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Dannon responded to the resolution’s passing stating “Neither the Security Council nor UNESCO will rewrite history and to sever the link between the people of Israel and the land of Israel. Efforts to attack Israel through the United Nations will not help and will not further a solution. Palestinians will not achieve anything if they do not stop the incitement and terrorism and return to direct negotiations with Israel.”

The Palestinian Authority praised Resolution 2334, Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat referring to today as “a day of victory for international law, a victory for civilized language and negotiation and a total rejection of extremist forces in Israel. He praised the international community claiming that the world has “told the people of Israel that the way to security and peace is not going to be done through occupation.” Hamas also welcomed the resolution, stating on Friday “Hamas welcomes the UN Security Council regarding the settlements. This decision confirms the world’s resistance to the Israeli occupation policy.”

Republicans quickly condemned President Obama’s actions, President-elect Donald Trump responded to the vote tweeting “As to the UN, things will be different after Jan. 20th.” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan reacted to the vote, referring to it as setting a “dangerous precedent for further diplomatic efforts”, stating “Today’s vote is a blow to peace that sets a dangerous precedent for further diplomatic efforts to isolate and demonize Israel. Our unified Republican government will work to reverse the damage done by this administration, and rebuild our alliance with Israel.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu called on the United States to continue its support against United Nations bias and anti-Israel policies on Thursday ahead of the vote. He stated “Israelis deeply appreciate one of the great pillars of the US-Israel alliance: the willingness over many years of the US to stand up in the UN and veto anti-Israel resolutions. I hope the US won’t abandon this policy; I hope it will abide by the principles set by President Obama himself in his speech in the UN in 2011: That peace will come not through UN resolutions, but only through direct negotiations between the parties. And that’s why this proposed resolution is bad. It’s bad for Israel; it’s bad for the United States; and it’s bad for peace.”

This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, December 23, 2016, and reposted with permission.