Many, especially on the right have been quick to argue that the Obama Administration has been the most anti Israel Presidential Administration. Over the last eight years, perhaps the most controversial and significant action taken which has been argued to threaten Israel was the Iran Nuclear Agreement.
But today, US Israel relations seem to have reached a new low during the Obama era. A resolution seeking to condemn Israeli settlements within the UN Security Council has passed as the United States did not act to prevent it. It had been a very legitimate option for the American consulate to veto the measure in the most important council within the United Nations.
The resolution specifically states that many of the Israeli settlements which have been possessed by the Jewish State since the war in 1967, which includes East Jerusalem have “no legal validity”. As a result of this it hopes to return the Israelis and Palestinians to the negotiating tables to determine a two state solution.
Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, condemned the Security Council for the vote and argued the Council does not have the authority to tell Israel what land can and cannot be built on. Danon also stated the resolution will have virtually no impact on the policies undertaken they undertake in the future.
The White House deputy national security advisor, Ben Rhodes spoke of the situation, “In the absence of any meaningful peace process, as well as in the face of the acceleration of settlement activity that put at risk the viability of a two-state solution, we took the steps we did today.”
These actions taken today in the United Nations are very much representative of the policies which the Obama Administration has pushed for over the previous eight years. As the Administration has come in constant conflict with Israeli officials, especially Prime Minister Netanyahu, this is likely the most public conflict to come between the two nations.
Looking forward to the next four years, it is unclear what type of attitude President-elect Trump will have towards Israel. He is sure to side with the Israelis more often than President Obama did during his tenure, but the extent of which he is willing to work with the Jewish State will only be revealed with time?
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