Resolution 2334 passes as United States abstains; 14 of 15 member states vote in favor; Trump: As to the UN, things will be different after Jan. 20th.
The United Nations Security Council on Friday passed a resolution that simultaneously declares Israeli settlements as illegal and calls for an end to further settlement construction and growth.
The resolution passed as the United States did not use its veto power against the resolution, but rather sustained. Of the 15 member states, the United States sustained and all 14 others voted in favor, passing “Resolution 2334”.
Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Dannon responded to the resolution’s passing stating “Neither the Security Council nor UNESCO will rewrite history and to sever the link between the people of Israel and the land of Israel. Efforts to attack Israel through the United Nations will not help and will not further a solution. Palestinians will not achieve anything if they do not stop the incitement and terrorism and return to direct negotiations with Israel.”
The Palestinian Authority praised Resolution 2334, Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat referring to today as “a day of victory for international law, a victory for civilized language and negotiation and a total rejection of extremist forces in Israel. He praised the international community claiming that the world has “told the people of Israel that the way to security and peace is not going to be done through occupation.” Hamas also welcomed the resolution, stating on Friday “Hamas welcomes the UN Security Council regarding the settlements. This decision confirms the world’s resistance to the Israeli occupation policy.”
Republicans quickly condemned President Obama’s actions, President-elect Donald Trump responded to the vote tweeting “As to the UN, things will be different after Jan. 20th.” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan reacted to the vote, referring to it as setting a “dangerous precedent for further diplomatic efforts”, stating “Today’s vote is a blow to peace that sets a dangerous precedent for further diplomatic efforts to isolate and demonize Israel. Our unified Republican government will work to reverse the damage done by this administration, and rebuild our alliance with Israel.”