This past Friday, the United Nations Security Council and 14 of its member countries voted on a resolution that demanded a halt to all Israeli settlements in the occupied territories of the Palestinians. One member country that decided to abstain from voting on the issue was the United States. This comes amid an intense lobbying effort by the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, to veto the resolution. A veto would have effectively killed the resolution's passage.
In response to this, President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter and wrote, ”As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th.”
As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2016
The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2016
So what does this mean for the situation in the Middle East and the ongoing conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians and what does this resolution symbolize going forward? Here to discuss these questions is Daniel Levy, the President of the U.S. / Middle East Project.