>> So our vote today is fully inline.>> In a surprise move Friday the US allowing passive of a contentious UN Security Council resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements. The US decision to abstain and not to veto the measure, as it traditionally has, is seen as a parting shot by President Barack Obama, who has had acrimonious relations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and has been highly critical of the settlements.
>> One cannot simultaneously champion expanding Israeli settlements and champion a viable two state solution that would end the conflict. One has to make a choice between settlements and separation.>> Ahead of the vote Friday, a senior Israeli government official accusing of Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry of being behind, what he called, the shameful draft.
Republicans taking to Twitter to condemn the US extension. Senator John McCain and House Speaker Paul Ryan calling it quote, shameful. President-elect, Donald Trump, also weighing in on Twitter saying quote, as to the UN, things will be different after January 20th. Trump has suggested he might move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem calling it, quote, the eternal capital of the Jewish people.
Palestinians want an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, areas Israeli captured in the 1967 war. The Security Council resolution was initially introduced by Egypt but abruptly withdrawn Thursday. It was later presented by four other Security Council members, New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela, and Senegal. Although passage of the resolution is likely to change nothing on the ground between Israel and Palestine, tt's seen as a form of denouncement by the International Community of Israeli Settlement Building, and could spur further Palestinian moves against Israel in global forums.