Netanyahu: “Shameful Ambush” by Obama; Says Looks Forward to Working With “Friend” Trump
The United Nations vote on December 23, 2016 had very unexpected votes that have further increased the tensions between the United States and long time ally Israel and it’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
The United States has a long standing tradition of diplomatically shielding Israel. During the last UN vote, the United States chose not to continue use its veto power as it has done on many prior occasions. The Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu called the decision made by the United States “shameful.”
This decision made by the United Nations will lead to the adoption of resolution which will demand an end to settlement building in Israel.
Israel has responded to the [UN decision] saying that it will re-assess the ties it holds with the United Nations. Israel also stated “it would not comply with the resolution, suggesting it may now be a ‘rogue nation’ when it comes to the UN enforcement.”
For decades Israel has pursued policies of constructing Jewish settlements on territory that in the 1967 war was captured by Israel. Many countries view the settlement activity in East Jerusalem and West Bank as an illegal obstacle to peace.
By citing a Biblical connection to the land, Israel disagrees and blames the failure peace efforts on the refusal by the Palestinians, to recognize the Jewish identity of Israel,
The United States traditionally avoided the support of global, anti-Israel and always vetoed all United Nations decisions that were against Israel.
Obama’s motives are unclear, but it is speculative as to whether Obama’s vote was to spite Trump, who had previously tweeted that Washington should use it’s veto power and also after January 20, 2017 things (UN/United States relationship) will be different.
Regardless of the reason, PM Netanyahu is furious saying, “I instructed the Foreign Ministry to complete within a month a re-evaluation of all our contacts with the United Nations, including the Israeli funding of UN institutions and the presence of UN representatives in Israel.”
Netanyahu also stated, “I have already instructed to stop about 30 million shekels [7.8 million] in funding to five United Nations institutions, five bodies that are especially hostile to Israel and there is more to come,” he said without naming any of the institutions or offering any further details”.
Netanyahu angrily lashed out of President Obama, accusing him of a “shameful ambush” at the United Nations. Netanyahu also said that he is looking forward to working with his “friend,” referring to President Elect Donald Trump.
The veto and lack of support from the Obama Administration was a huge blow to not only Israel, but globally by countries that also offer additional support to Israel.
H/T [Zero Hedge]