And so it begins: UN votes against Israeli settlements as US abstains
The UN Security Council passed a controversial anti-settlement resolution that would condemn Israel building in occupied territories.
The US abstained in the vote on the resolution — approved by 14 of the council’s 15 members and first introduced by Egypt in coordination with the Palestinians — which calls Israeli “settlement building” in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank a “flagrant violation under international law.”
A veto by the US — or any of the five permanent council members — would have killed it.
President Obama came under withering criticism over the last couple of days as the resolution weaved its way through the Security Council.
“Obama has made it clear that he’s a Jew-hating anti-Semite. He likes Jews who are his friends but not Jews in general,” said Morton Klein, president of the Zionists Organization of America, the country’s oldest pro-Israel organization. “Obama is sticking it to the Jewish state of Israel” if the US abstains or supports the resolution, Klein said Friday.
Sen. Charles Schumer said he strongly urged the White House to veto the resolution.
“Whatever one’s views are on settlements, anyone who cares about the future of Israel and peace in the region knows that the UN, with its one-sidedness, is exactly the wrong forum to bring about peace,” the New York Democrat said in a statement.