Both U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are requesting the U.S. congress to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution proposing the immediate ceasing of Israeli settlement activities. The resolution is expected to be voted upon this Thursday.
The parameters of Egypt’s drafted resolution order Israel to “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem,” since the country is supposedly in “flagrant violation” of international law. The resolution claims in order to avoid activities that are “dangerously imperiling,” it is necessary for a “cessation of all Israeli settlement activities [in order to] salvage a two-state solution.”
In 2011, a similar resolution was brought to surface for the benefit of a future Palestinian state in the West Bank. However, this resolution was inevitably vetoed. With rallying condemnations from both Trump and Netanyahu on this coming resolution, it may be likely that it will yet again be vetoed.
Netanyahu tweeted the following regarding the resolution:
The US should veto the anti-Israel resolution at the UN Security Council on Thursday.
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) December 22, 2016
President-elect Trump also published a Facebook post on his take regarding vetoing the resolution:
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