U.S. Declines to Veto UN Security Council Resolution for Israel to Stop Jewish Settlement Activity

(Washington Post) Carol Morello and Ruth Eglash - The UN Security Council on Friday passed a resolution demanding that Israel cease Jewish settlement activity in a unanimous vote that passed when the U.S. abstained rather than using its veto as it has reliably done in the past. With President Obama's time in office due to end in barely a month, his decision not to veto was a rare rebuke to Israel and a last-minute symbolic statement of displeasure. The administration's move also defied Donald Trump's call on Thursday for the U.S. to veto the resolution. The incoming Trump administration has signaled that there will be a shift in U.S. policy toward Israel. According to an Israeli official, a White House official told an Israeli official Thursday that the U.S is Israel's best friend. The Israeli replied, "Friends don't take friends to the Security Council."

2016-12-25 00:00:00

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