When President-elect Donald Trump takes office on Jan. 20 of next year, one thing is for certain: Israel is going to have a much more vocal ally in the White House.
After President Barack Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations shamefully abstained from voting on a resolution condemning Israeli settlements — a resolution the United States could have vetoed — Donald Trump issued a condemnation of the pusillanimity of the Obama administration and said things would be different under his watch.
The vote was roundly condemned by American conservatives and Israeli officials alike, according to CNN.
“As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th,” Trump tweeted after the vote, according to Fox News.
As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2016
However, Secretary of State John Kerry tried to defend the measure as something designed to preserve the two-state solution in Israel.
“Today, the United States acted with one primary objective in mind: to preserve the possibility of the two state solution, which every U.S. administration for decades has agreed is the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” Kerry said in a statement. He also added that the Obama administration does not “agree with every aspect” of the resolution.
“Israel rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolution at the U.N. and will not abide by its terms,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement, according to The New York Times. “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.’ ”
“It was to be expected that Israel’s greatest ally would act in accordance with the values that we share and that they would have vetoed this disgraceful resolution,” Israeli U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon said. “I have no doubt that the new U.S. administration and the incoming U.N. Secretary General will usher in a new era in terms of the U.N.’s relationship with Israel.”
And, as Trump’s words indicated, his inauguration will definitely usher in a new era — one in which the United States is unashamed to stand by its ally Israel.
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