Monday, 26 December 2016

Israel condemns U.S. for secret role in scathing U.N resolution

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the White House for its covert role in the drafting of an inflammatory U.N.'s resolution on the occupied territories last Friday, calling it a "deliberate push" by the U.S. to break the long-term relationship between Washington and Tel Aviv.
"As I told Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday, friends don't take friends to the U.N. security council," said the Israeli prime minister, in remarks to the media, covered by Investing.com.
Netanyahu said his government had proof that the Obama White House had helped draft the anti-Israel resolution at the U.N.

Even though the U.S. abstained from the U.N. vote, its behind the scenes conduct used duplicity to damage the decades-long collaboration between Israel and the U.S. It was a "deliberate push" by the U.S. against its ally, Netanyahu said.
John Bolton, the incoming Deputy Secretary of State, in a TV interview, said the Trump Administration can veto any future measures against Israel in the Security Council.

"But countless other U.N. bodies can proceed on their own," said Bolton. "I fear European sanctions based on Friday's resolution. I'm afraid there will be sanctions on companies that do business in the occupied territories. This resolution is going to wake up America. The two state solution is exposed for the failure it is. The U.N. had no place in this. The parties themselves have to reach agreement. This is an effort to harm Israel."

Bolton said he recommended slashing its contribution to the budget of the U.N. in response to the Security Council's vote last week. Presently, the U.S. pays 25% of the U.N. budget.
Trump is on a working vaction this week in Palm Beach, Fla., and commented that the surprising, new U.S. policy toward Israel will change when he takes office.

The president-elect is also this holiday week working on other matters, and is still looking to fill two cabinet posts, including the choice of the new secretary of the department of agriculture and the new leader of the department of veterans affairs.
Former Republican governors Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney have been listed as possible contenders for the veterans affairs department post, according to media reports.

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