Friday, December 23, 2016
Breaking News Alert 03-16
🔺 23 December 2016: One day after it appeared that the efforts of Israeli PM Netanyahu and U.S. President-elect Trump had forestalled a UN Security Council resolution in Israeli settlement construction, outgoing Islamist U.S. President Obama stabbed Israel in the back today by abstaining from the UNSC vote thereby allowing it to pass. Obama also made sure the U.S. did not cast a veto against the resolution. US SECSTATE John Kerry also shares blame for this travesty.
Yesterday the measure, which had been brought before the UNSC by Egypt, had been indefinitely postponed due to strong last minute diplomatic efforts being conducted by Netanyahu and Trump. The measure ultimately was withdrawn by Egypt late yesterday, but was then re-introduced by a group of nations (New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela).
We can expect strong counter-action by President Trump to commence on 21 January 2017. A declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's indivisible capital city and the moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem are likely among the principal early actions to be taken.