Egypt brought a resolution last Thursday to the United Nations Security Council on behalf of the Palestinians against the Israeli settlements. It is now clear that the US under Pres. Obama orchestrated this maneuver with enemies of Israel and behind Israel’s back. Obama is strongly against Jewish settlements on the West Bank, which he regards as “Palestinian Land” (which it is not) and therefore thinks the settlements are a danger to the “two-state solution.” When it became clear that Pres. Obama might allow the resolution to pass without the usual US veto, PM Netanyahu appealed to Pres. elect Trump, who expressed his opinion on Facebook:
“The resolution being considered at the United Nations Security Council regarding Israel should be vetoed. This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis. 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.”
Trump also brought pressure to bear on Pres. Al-Sisi of Egypt so that Egypt then postponed its sponsorship of the resolution.
But then four other members of the UN Security Council, namely Malaysia, Senegal, New Zealand and Venezuela, re-introduced the resolution on Friday, and with Egypt voting for and the US abstaining, the resolution passed 14-0. This is a major blow to Israel and means that the Palestinian maneuver to outflank Israel at the UN has succeeded in isolating Israel. It remains to be seen what the Trump Administration will do when it gets into office; but as Trump tweeted after the vote, “Things will be different at the UN after Jan 20.” It also remains to be seen how Israel will react to this outrageous Palestinian provocation.
The basis of all previous UN resolutions required direct negotiations between the two sides, and now that that has been breached, Israel may feel that it is free to do what it needs to do to respond. This could even come to annexation of the West Bank, thus scuttling the two state solution altogether and causing the opposite of what the resolution sponsors wanted. But, that remains to be seen. There is no doubt that the passing of this resolution is a game changer. Shame on Obama, he finally showed his true colors!