President Obama has received some criticism for not opposing a U.N. draft concerning settlement reconstruction by Israel. Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken out against a number of the group’s intentions.
While President Obama has tried to keep his distance from Netanyahu, Donald Trump has expressed empathy with the nation’s causes. Israel was vehemently against the Iran deal, and Netanyahu’s speech in Congress was directed at the deal and what he called Iran’s “quest for nuclear weapons.”
One Israeli official spoke to CNN and said “the U.S. administration secretly cooked up with the Palestinians an extreme anti-Israeli resolution behind Israel’s back which would be a tailwind for terror and boycotts and effectively make the Western Wall occupied Palestinian territory.”
While the resolution is an Egyptian-authored order and the U.S. abstained from a vote, it certainly represents a change in America’s policies towards Israel. An Israeli official said that it represents an “abandonment” by the United States. Trump will likely have a much different stance on Israel, and has Netanyahu has already reached out to the president-elect for support.