>> US President-elect Donald Trump on Monday calling the United Nations, quote, so sad. That just days after the UN passage of a contentious Security Council resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements. Which has angered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is mounting an anti-Obama assault. The UN vote was able to pass on Friday, as the US broke with its longstanding approach of shielding Israel with its veto power, and abstained.
It's seen as a parting shot by President Barack Obama, who has had acrimonious relations with Netanyahu, and has been highly critical of the settlements. Trump on Monday tweeting, the United Nations has such great potential, but right now it's just a club for people to get together, talk, and have a good time.
So sad! After the resolution passed, Trump also weighed in on Twitter saying, as to the UN, things will be different after January 20th. Trump has promised to reverse decades of US policy by moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. Netanyahu said over the weekend that Israel was reassessing its ties to the UN.
He's also ordered that until Trump takes office, cabinet members refrain from traveling to, or meeting officials of countries that voted in favor of the UN resolution. Although passage of the resolution is likely to change nothing on the ground between Israel and Palestine, it's seen as a formal denouncement by the international community of Israel's settlement building, and could spur further Palestinian moves against Israel in global forums.