The State of Israel has threatened to provide the new Trump administration with evidence that President Obama pushed for the U.N. resolution that slammed Israel for building new settlements in the West Bank. Israel’s government is working to define its response to the U.N. resolution.
While it’s impossible to say what impact this resolution will have on the rest of the world, it’s clear that it’s a game changer.
The recent resolution by the United Nations has been one of the harshest resolutions ever passed. In this resolution, the international body demanded that Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.” It also declared that Israel’s establishment of settlements has “no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law.
Israel gained control over the West Bank and Gaza Strip after it defeated Egypt, Jordan, and three other Arab nations when they attacked the Jewish state in the Six-Day War of 1967. Since then, Israel has administered these territories which were disputed even before the war.
Many have disputed Israel’s right to build settlements in these territories. They claim these settlements are illegal under U.N. resolution 242 which was established shortly after the Six-Day War. However, a closer reading of the resolution shows that the Israelis may not be legally prohibited from building settlements because of the fact that Israel acquired these territories while defending itself.
Palestinian leaders have already stated that they plan to use the recent resolution to push for International Criminal Court indictments of Israeli leaders. They will also seek to get foreign governments to ban imports from the Jewish state.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government have decided to fight back against the resolution. They have vowed to share information with President-elect Donald Trump that shows that the Obama administration was behind the resolution.
The Obama administration has a long history of antagonism towards Israel. Netanyahu and Obama have been at odds since President Obama came into office.
Ambassador Ron Dermer has stated that Israel has evidence that shows the Obama administration was behind the U.N. resolution. When asked for this evidence, Dermer said the following:
“We will present this evidence to the new administration through the appropriate channels, and if they want to share it with the American people, they are welcome to do it.”
This threat was issued after a Netanyahu spokesman said that the Israeli governmnent possessed “information from sources in both the Arab world and internationally” that shows that this resolution was deliberately pushed by the United States. The Obama administration has denied the validity of these accusations.
Israel has decided to suspend the majority of business with the countries that voted for the resolution.
These countries include:
- New Zealand
Netanyahu will not meet with counterparts from these nations. This harsh stance on the part of the Israeli government shows what they are willing to do to combat this resolution.
What Does The President-Elect Have to Say?
President-elect Trump hasn’t yet made an official statement on this issue. On Monday, he did blast the United Nations on Twitter.
Here is what the President-elect had to say:
“The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk, and have a good time. So sad!”
It’s not yet clear whether or not the President-elect will take any action in response to the resolution. While he has shown that he is pro-Israel, we don’t yet know if he will make an official response to this resolution.
There are many who believe Trump should push to defund the United Nations because of their bias against Israel. These people might have a point.
In 2016, the U.N. General Assembly passed 20 resolutions against Israel, but only 3 against the rest of the world, combined. One of these 3 resolutions was against Syria, who has massacred over 200,000 of its own people.