Trump Issues Ominous Warning to The UN After Israel Vote

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President-elect Donald Trump tweeted a warning to the United Nations after the U.S. Ambassador to the international body decided to abstain from a vote on Israeli settlements Friday — something that Trump urged President Barack Obama to veto.

Trump tweeted: “As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th.”

Zero Hedge reported:

Following today’s surprising decision by the US’ Samantha Power to abstain in a UN vote over Israel settlements, one which provoked Israel to lash out at the Obama administration  “friends don’t act that way”, but more importantly defied Trump who in a previous tweet urged Obama to veto the resolution, it was only a question of how long before Trump tweets his response. The time was less than an hour, because just minutes after the vote, the president-elect slammed the current administration’s decision, while ominously warning the UN that it would be “different” under his presidency.

As a reminder, the U.S. had the ability to veto any resolution but abstained from doing so, despite pressure from Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and U.S. lawmakers on both sides. Furthermore, the administration’s decision to let it pass represents a break from the longstanding U.S. policy of shielding Israel from U.N. reproaches.

On Thursday, Trump discussed the vote in a statement: “As the United States has long maintained, peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations.”

His statement continued, “This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis.”

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Power claimed via a statement to the council: “One cannot simultaneously champion expanding Israeli settlements and champion a viable two-state solution that would end the conflict.” She added “One has to make a choice between settlements and separation.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office released a statement about the vote:

Netanyahu’s office called out Obama in a big way and vowed to work with Trump and Congress in the future to “negate the harmful effects of this absurd resolution.”

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Source: thefederalistpapers.org

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