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The Trump Effect
Israel Scuttles UN Settlement Vote, with Help from Trump

Egypt has abruptly postponed a UN vote on its own resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank, after intense Israeli lobbying, and input from President-elect Donald Trump. The New York Times:

President-elect Donald J. Trump publicly pressured President Obama on Thursday to veto a United Nations resolution critical of Israel, the newly elected leader’s most direct intervention in foreign policy during his transition to power.

Mr. Trump called on the president to use the United States’ veto in the United Nations Security Council to block the Arab-sponsored resolution, which condemned the “construction and expansion” of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. The Obama administration, which vetoed a similar resolution in 2011, had withheld judgment over the latest measure.

With the United States’ position publicly in doubt, the resolution was pulled by its sponsor, Egypt, on Thursday morning, hours before the Council was scheduled to vote, and it was unclear when or even if it would be brought back up.

Israel’s successful effort to scuttle the vote, with the support of Donald Trump, signals once again that the Obama era of foreign policy is already over. It is unclear how the U.S. would have voted, but Obama has been a vocal critic of Netanyahu’s settlement policy, and abstaining from the UN vote would have been a final way to register his official disapproval.

Instead, Trump seized control of the narrative by publicly urging a veto of the “extremely unfair” resolution. His input appears to have played a part in changing Egypt’s calculation. When asked about the vote’s postponement, Egyptian diplomats quoted by Reuters mentioned that they were “looking for a way to ensure constructive relations with this new administration”, a sure sign that they care more about Trump’s posture than anything coming from the current White House.

As he did with the Taiwan call, Trump has proven his willingness to take Obama’s hands off the steering wheel and signal that the next administration will take a decidedly different line. His choice of David Friedman, an avid proponent of Netanyahu’s settlement policy, as U.S. ambassador to Israel only reinforces the message. A new era of U.S.-Israel relations is coming, and the rest of the world is already taking notice.

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  • Dale Fayda

    “Israel’s successful effort to scuttle the vote, with the support of Donald Trump, signals once again that the Obama era of foreign policy is already over.”

    Can’t happen soon enough, in my opinion. Let’s just hope that its damage can still be mitigated.

  • The problem is that even many Americans today, especially the younger generation, are supporting sanctions against Israel over its settlements:

    • JR

      We’ve had traitors in every generations. We will outlive the current generation of traitors, the same way we have outlived all other previous generations.

      • There’s a growing BDS movement on my campus…and the scary thing is there are some far-left Jews who are part of it, I know one of them, and he actually signed a petition to boycott Israel.

        • JR

          Im’ in no way minimizing the trauma that people such as yourself have to go through because of these traitors. I’m glad I went to college when I did. All I can offer you is my support, for whatever that is worth.
          My point to you is that we have faced these people before and will again. We have always gotten the better of them. Have no doubt that this time will be no different. Stay strong!

      • Adam Bowers

        Yes, being critical of Israeli policy in regards to settlements is tantamount to treason. What a jackass.

        • JR

          Jews seeking to destroy and de-legitimize the State of Israel are traitors, be it though UN or BDS. Just like Jews who were communists were traitors. Just like Jews who helped the Spanish Inquisition were traitors. And on and on, throughout history. We’ve outlived them all. We’ll outlive these traitors as well.

          • Adam Bowers

            See my previous comment. Ad infinitum.

          • JR

            It appears that we have a difference of opinion. The only difference between us is that you chose to go for ad hominems while I chose not to. After seeing One God helping us in a way that he did, it is pretty hard for me to get upset over what some Internet rando thinks.
            I’m just very grateful that we have a real man like Mr. Trump leading us. That feels good.

          • John Byde

            You use ad hominem attacks, Adam. That means you lost the argument.

          • Adam Bowers

            Lost the argument? We didn’t even start. You know why? Arguing Israel policy with religious fundamentalists on the Internet is a complete waste of time.

    • Andrew Allison

      As the post makes clear, the grownups are getting tired of listening to nonsense from campus snowflakes.

  • JR

    Once again, the plans to harm the Jews have come to naught, despite the best efforts of that piece of shlt Obama. There’s a lesson to be learned here.

    • Disappeared4x

      short-lived lesson. New Zealand led the new vote just now.!

      • JR

        This lesson is very old. If this leads to US cutting of funds to the UN, it would have been worth it. Barack Obama chose to curse the Jews and Israel. He will reap the whirlwind.
        P.S. I really hope this gets reported by Comrade FG.

        • Disappeared4x

          agree; but what a signal that all that stands between Israel and ROW is a USA veto at the UNSC.
          And, when did New Zealand jump on the BDS bandwagon?

  • WigWag

    Trump could have publically asked Putin to veto the resolution on which Obama planned to abstain. How cool would that have been?

    • Ellen


      • Y.K.

        A call to Putin would dominate the press, but a much more likely way to do this would be a quiet call to Theresa May.

  • Fat_Man

    What puzzles me is why the Egyptians were involved. They are utterly dependent on Israel to hold the jihadists in their western and eastern deserts at bay. Perhaps the whole thing was a dumb show designed to distract the dumb bunnies of the Egyptian Street

    • Disappeared4x

      Believing the US would abstain, Israel heavily lobbied Egypt to withdraw the resolution. Egypt cooperates very well with Israel in the Sinai against the various radical Islamist factions, but NOT ‘utterly dependent’.

      ‘Why Egypt’? Egypt currently has a non-permanent seat on the UNSC. Spain is the President of the UNSC in December.

  • Disappeared4x

    Ramat Shlomo is a neighborhood in North Jerusalem that is east of the 1949 Armistice Line, falsely renamed as the ‘1967 border’. Ramat Shlomo was built after 1967 on a rocky hillside previously populated by goats. Ramat Shlomo is only labeled “settlement” by all who believe the invented false palestinian narrative.

    The 2009 announcement of building permits for new apartments in Ramat Shlomo during VP Biden’s visit earned a deranged 45 minute phone call by SecState HRC to PM Netanyahu, publicized by HRC in the NYT.

    Judea and Samaria comprise the ‘West Bank’. Judea and Samaria are the heart of what was once the kingdom of Kings David and his son, Solomon.

    Palestinian law makes it a crime punishable by death for any palestinian to sell property in Judea and Samaria, and what they call East Jerusalem. Judenrein, with malice aforethought.

  • Disappeared4x
  • Disappeared4x

    New Zealand? Update 2:55pmEDT, Dec 23, 2016: “..The resolution was put forward at the 15-member council for a vote on Friday by New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal a day after Egypt withdrew it under pressure from Israel and US president-elect DonaldTrump.

    Israel and Trump had called on the United States to veto the measure.

    It was adopted with 14 votes in favour, to a round of applause. It is the first resolution the Security Council has adopted on Israel
    and the Palestinians in nearly eight years.

    The United States’ abstention was the biggest rebuke in recent history to longstanding ally Israel, allowing the Security Council to
    condemn its settlements and continuing construction in Palestinian territory as a “flagrant violation” of international law.

    The resolution said Israel’s settlements on Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, have “no legal
    validity.” …”

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