UN vote: a tale of two administrations


According to a document released by the Egyptian media, the US government and the Palestinians secretly discussed the American decision to abstain from the Security Council vote 10 days before the resolution was passed.   
What appeared to be a summary of the meeting was published on the website of news outlet Al-Youm Al-Sabaa this week.
 The document, which was dismissed as a “total fabrication” by the White House, indicated US Secretary of State John Kerry and White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice had told the Palestinian delegation that the US would not veto an anti-settlement resolution if its wording was balanced. 
By contrast, Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday: “We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. They used to have a great friend in the US, but not any more. The beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this (UN)! Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!”
These words were welcomed by  Prime Minister Netanyahu, who tweeted in response: “President-elect Trump, thank you for your warm friendship and your clear-cut support for Israel!”

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