President-elect Donald Trump warned the United Nations on Friday that things will be different after he takes office.
Trump fired off an angry tweet after the U.N. Security Council approved a resolution Friday condemning Israel for building settlements on the occupied territories annexed after the 1967 Six-Dar War.
As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2016
Trump, who entered the dispute at the urging of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu, had opposed the resolution and urged the United States to veto it. A U.S. veto would have blocked the resolution from passage.
The resolution being considered at the United Nations Security Council regarding Israel should be vetoed….cont: https://t.co/s8rXKKZNF1
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016
“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 posted on Facebook.
“This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis,” Trump added.
However, the Obama administration elected to abstain from the vote, which allowed the resolution to go forward.
The vote resulted in a harsh reaction against the Obama administration and the U.N.
President Obama abandoned Israel today at the UN.this vote
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) December 23, 2016
Paul Ryan calls the UNSC anti-Israel motion “absolutely shameful” https://t.co/Wsi8au739u
— Israel News (@IsraelNewsNow) December 23, 2016
Remember when Pres Obama said he had Israel's back? Israel, and many other nations, know how meaningless the President's words are.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) December 23, 2016
Trump’s intervention, even though he is not yet in office, was supported by Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz Thursday night on CNN.
“Donald Trump did exactly the right thing,” he said.
Dershowitz warned that if “the Security Council resolution goes through, it completely ties the hands of an incoming president. You can’t undo a Security Council resolution. You can’t take away a veto. And this Security Council resolution is an invitation to the International Criminal Court to go after Israel.”
“It’s a very, very bad resolution,” he said. “And there is a big difference between an outgoing president making a speech and changing the policy, which can then be changed by the incoming president, and doing something permanent and irrevocable, and that’s why I think Donald Trump did exactly the right thing.”
“He said to the president, you do what you want in the last days of your administration, but don’t tie my hands,” Dershowitz said, adding, “This president is acting undemocratically. Eighty-eight senators were opposed to this. The vast majority of Congress, the vast majority of the American people. This is a parting shot by a frustrated president who thinks more of his own legacy …”
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