Angry Israeli Prime Minister summons U.S. Ambassador over UN vote

Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 26 December 2016, 16:15 hrs, UTC, Post #62.

Source:  VOA News.

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2016/mil-161225-voa02.htm?

Accessed on 26 December 2016, 16:15 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not a happy man. Netanyahu summoned U.S. Ambassador Daniel Shapiro to explain the abstention vote cast by the United States in the U.N. Security Council over Jewish settlements.  Shapiro and the ambassadors from 14 nations supporting the resolution banning further Jewish settlements were “invited” to explain why they turned against Israel, especially during the joyous holiday season.

Here’s the brief explanation from the Voice of America (VOA), the official international media outlet for the U.S. government:

“Friday’s resolution calls on Israel to “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.” It says settlements there have “no legal validity.”

“he Palestinians have long argued that Jewish settlements in areas they want as part of a future state are illegal and a major impediment to a final peace settlement.”

“Israel insists Jews have a biblical right to those lands seized in the 1967 war. It says Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel’s right to exist is the major roadblock to peace.”

“Netanyahu warned his Cabinet Sunday that Friday’s U.N. vote may be an attempt by President Barack Obama to reinforce U.S. Mideast policy before he leaves office in less than a month.”

“This would include another possible resolution and a Mideast peace conference scheduled for January 15 in Paris in which Israel says Secretary of State John Kerry will spell out the U.S. vision for a two-state solution.

Israeli settlement expansion has created a chilly relationship between Netanyahu and Obama.

Netanyahu said Sunday he has talked with “our friends in the United States, Republicans and Democrats alike,” who “understand how reckless and destructive this U.N. resolution was.”He said he is looking forward to working with those friends and “the new administration when it takes office next month.”U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn on January 20.

Opinion:

Apparently, the outgoing Obama administration is unhappy with Netanyahu’s stand on the settlement issue and wants Israel to accept the reality of the current Middle East situation. Netanyahu believes the U.S. has left Israel “in cold” without allies or support for its domestic and foreign programs.  Netanyahu hopes to rectify the situation by appealing to the more cooperative and friendly President-elect, Donald Trump.


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