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Trump Calls for Veto of UN Resolution Halting Israeli Settlement Efforts

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Thursday, 22 Dec 2016 09:48 AM

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday joined the voice of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, urging the veto of a United Nations resolution that aims to halt Israel's settlement activities in the West Bank.

"The resolution being considered at the United Nations Security Council regarding Israel should be vetoed," Trump said in a statement issued Thursday.

"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," Trump concluded.

The draft resolution, circulated by Egypt, demands Israel stop settlement activities in the Palestinian territories and declares that all existing settlements "have no legal validity" and are "a flagrant violation" of international law.

Earlier, Netanyahu also urged President Barack Obama to veto the "anti-Israel resolution."

 

 

Nearly 600,000 Jewish settlers now live in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, areas the Palestinians want as part of their future state, along with the Gaza Strip.

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