The Israeli government urged President-elect, Donald Trump, to prevent pressure on the Obama administration and the United Nations that a vote in the security Council condemned the Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Reuters reported late Thursday.
The news Agency, citing a senior Israeli official, reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu contacted the government of “high level” members of the Trump to convince the transition team after a failed attempt to the Obama administration to veto the resolution. So that the resolution would have passed, inflamed a dispute with a key middle Eastern allies in the last days of Obama’s term in office.
The Israeli official told Reuters Obama’s intention to abstain from the vote was “a breach of a core commitment to the protection of Israel at the U. N.”
Several White house officials refused to comment on the Reuters report. There was no immediate comment from Trump’s transition team.
Hours before the planned vote in the security Council, Trump released a statement urging that the U.S. veto the resolution.
“As the United States waited a long time, peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians is through direct negotiations between the parties, and not by the imposition of conditions, the reading of the United Nations,” the statement, in part. “Israel is engaged in a very poor negotiating position, and it is extremely unfair for all Israelis.”
Later Thursday, Trump Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said. A transition official told Reuters that the two leaders had spoken about the middle East peace process.
Then, about two hours before the vote is held, and Thursday afternoon, Sisi abruptly postponed the planned vote on the resolution, the resolution proposed by his country.
The United States, as a permanent member of the security Council, has traditionally been used to block the veto resolutions condemning the Israeli settlements, even though he sees them as an obstacle to a peace solution. But in recent weeks, the Obama administration was especially secretive about its deliberations, which included what is described is a public official, such as an unannounced meeting between Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry earlier this month.
Israel has expressed concern that Obama, who had said officials have an icy relationship with Netanyahu, would you take a bold step in his last weeks in office to revive the peace process, but U.S., he is almost excluded, no major last-ditch attempt to put pressure on Israel.
A resolution of the security Council would be more than symbolic, because it carries the weight of international law. In the past, Obama has refused to approve anti-Israel resolutions in the Council, namely the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be solved through negotiations.
Trump, who takes office in less than a month, has expressed solidarity to Israel, and appointed Ambassador, David Friedman, a supporter of the settler movement.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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