The United States was reportedly prepared to break from longstanding policy and abstain from a vote in the United Nations Security Council on a resolution calling on Israel to halt all settlement activity, instead of vetoing the measure.
According to NBC News, several diplomatic sources said that the Obama administration was planning to abstain, which would have gone against calls by President-elect Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to veto the resolution.
Additionally, reports indicate the Secretary of State John Kerry was preparing to give a major speech outlining why the U.S. was going to abstain, rather than exercising its veto power in the Security Council. The longstanding U.S. policy has been to veto all one-sided UN resolutions.
The resolution—which was originally proposed by Egypt, but was then called off by the Arab country following diplomatic pressure from Israel—would have demanded that Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in Palestinian territory, including east Jerusalem.”
Earlier Thursday, President-elect Donald Trump called on the Obama administration to veto the resolution, saying that the proposal would put Israel “in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis.” JNS.ORG