Trump calls to veto anti-Israel UN resolution

Binding UN Security Council resolution would demand Israel halt all construction in Judea and Samaria.

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David Rosenberg, | updated: 15:53

Donald Trump on the campaign trail in Wisconsin
Donald Trump on the campaign trail in Wisconsin
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President-elect Donald Trump condemned on Thursday a proposed United Nations Security Council resolution targeting Israel, and called upon the United States Mission to the UN to veto the measure.

The resolution was proposed by Egypt, one of 10 non-permanent voting members of the 15-member council.

If passed, the binding measure would require a full “cessation of all Israeli settlement activities”, which it calls “essential for salvaging the two-state solution.”

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon condemned the proposal, saying it "will do nothing to promote a diplomatic process, and will only reward the Palestinian policy of incitement and terror."

Danon added that he expected the US, as one of five permanent members of the council, to use its veto power.

"We expect our greatest ally not to allow this one-sided and anti-Israel resolution to be adopted by the council.”

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also responded to the proposal on Thursday, tweeting that “The US should veto the anti-Israel resolution at the UN Security Council.”

Later on Thursday, President-elect Trump also weighed in, blasting the proposal as “extremely unfair” and urging the Obama administration to utilize the veto at the UNSC.

"The resolution being considered at the United Nations Security Council regarding Israel should be vetoed,” said Trump.

"As the United States has long maintained, peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations. This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis."

The Security Council is scheduled to vote on the resolution at 3:00 p.m. New York time.