Middle East Conflict: John Kerry Maintains Veto Was In Accordance With ‘US Values’

Other prominent political aficionados have joined in condemning the abstention. President-Elect Trump tweeted as follows.

Trump has vowed to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and tapped David Friedman, well-known for his support of Israeli settlements and even raised money for a major Jewish settlement. He won’t be the first president to make such claims. Presidents Bush and Clinton also promised the same, but backed off once in office.

In the same vein, House Speaker Paul Ryan not only condemned the abstention but also questioned the “credibility” of Secretary Kerry to speak on the matter.

According to an analysis by Arutz Sheva, an Israeli-based online news portal, the resolution has no mandatory effect on Israeli politics. This is because it was adopted under the sixth chapter of the UN Charter (Pacific Settlement of Disputes). Due to this, the resolution is not a law, rather a declaratory document.

However, the new document is littered with phrases which have been used or inspired by Obama administration officials, including Barack Obama himself, Vice-President Joe Biden, and Secretary of State John Kerry. What this suggests is that certain principles which were not part of previous resolutions can be seen in the tenth preambular paragraph. These include “the status quo is not sustainable” and “entrenching a one-state reality.”

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