Israel: Resolution 2334. Players. Zionism. Childlike fit Trump-Putin Style?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is throwing a childlike fit after the 15-member UN Security Council voted 14-0 in favor of condemning Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory on Friday. The Prime Minster called the move “shameful”and seemed taken aback, despite his lobbying hard against the resolution. Is Zionism the answer to peace in the Middle East, which Trump promises via Tweets?
 Trump and Netanyahu look cozy during a September 25, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower.  Ignoring that #45 has not been inaugurated, Netanyahu enlisted Trump to veto the Dec. 23rd UN Security Council vote.  Is Netanyahu taking cues from Trump and Putin?  And is the 140 character Tweet replacing press conferences and discourse with the media?

The Resolution and the Players:

Security Council resolution 2334, which condemns expansionism (modern-day Zionism), is long, and the full text can be read by click here.  Part of it reads: 

“Reaffirming the obligation of Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, and recalling the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice,

“Condemning all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, including, inter alia, the construction and expansion of settlements, transfer of Israeli settlers, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and displacement of Palestinian civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions,

Fifteen countries involved in Security Council vote.
Twelve countries voted in favor of the resolution and are feeling the backlash:  Britain, France, Russia, China, Japan, Ukraine, Angola, Egypt*, Uruguay, Spain, Senegal and New Zealand.
Two countries, which have no diplomatic ties with Israel also voted in favor of it:  Venezuela and Malaysia.
United State’s ambassador, Samantha Power, abstained her vote to applause from council members, and broke with America’s longtime protectionist stance regarding Israel. The Obama administration has not wavered from its interest in fostering a two-state solution, which is unlikely with the continued expansion of Israeli settlements. In stark contrast, Trump is stating there will be “no daylight” between Israel and the U.S during his administration.
*Egypt–which drafted the resolution–was coerced to postpone the vote but unable to deliver.

“The vote came a day after Mr. Trump personally intervened to keep the measure, which had been originally proposed by Egypt, from coming up for a vote on Thursday, as scheduled. Mr. Trump’s aides said he had spoken to Mr. Netanyahu. Both men also spoke to the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Egypt postponed the vote under what that country’s United Nations ambassador called intense pressure.

But in a show of mounting exasperation, four other countries on the Security Council — Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal and Venezuela — all of them relatively powerless temporary members with rotating two-year seats, snatched the resolution away from Egypt and put it up for a vote Friday.”

The U.N. has issued a statement in justifying its vote.  An excerpt reads as follows:

The Secretary-General welcomes the adoption by the Security Council of resolution 2334 (2016) on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question.  The resolution is a significant step, demonstrating the Council’s much needed leadership and the international community’s collective efforts to reconfirm that the vision of two States is still achievable.

The Secretary-General takes this opportunity to encourage Israeli and Palestinian leaders to work with the international community to create a conducive environment for a return to meaningful negotiations.

The United Nations stands ready to support all concerned parties in achieving this goal.

Benjamin Netanyahu taking a cue from Putin and Trump?

Putin is trying to expand his empire and using his power to control Russian businesses as and media.
Trump is disavowing mainstream media, espousing fake-news and public coercion, and has no problem making policy statements as President-elect via Twitter.  President Obama pointed out “there can only be one President at a time,” in response to Trump’s Tweets following the Security Council resolution.
Netanyahu is expanding settlements that thwart any idea of a two-state resolution with the Palestinians. In retaliation, the PM is asking Jews in France–which has experienced three major terrorist attacks within the last 24 months–to come home to Israel.  He is also reducing diplomatic relations with the 12 Security Council countries that voted for the resolution. The Prime Minster’s other actions include:
  • Cancelling a meeting with British PM Theresa May that was slated to take place at the World Economic Summit in Davos in January.
  • Ordered 10 ambassadors of countries that voted in favor of the resolution to meet with him personally.  The timing was unfortunate, considering it was Christmas day.
  • Accusing the U.S. of plotting against Israel, despite the choice to abstain.
Below is insight from The Jerusalem Post, which has been noted by Media Bias/Fact Check News as a centrist journalism source:

“And yet, his competition with Naftali Bennett over who is more right-wing pushed him over the edge and led him to compromise Israel in order to satisfy his settler constituency.

For the Americans, the promotion of the settlement regulation bill – according to which Israel will expropriate 8,000 dunams of private Palestinian lands, legalize 54 illegal outposts as well as 3,850 housing units and seriously risk the possibility for two states – must have been the last straw.”

Netanyahu has taken to Twitter:
As has Trump:

Why the U.S. abstained, via NPR’s Bill Chappell :

“In explaining the U.S. abstention, Ambassador Samantha Power said the move doesn’t signal diminished U.S. support for Israel; she later added that the continued construction of settlements ‘seriously undermines Israel’s security.’

“Power said, ‘The United States has been sending the message that the settlements must stop, privately and publicly, for nearly five decades.’ ”

Palestinian Response via PLO:
The following day:  “Trump’s statement shows disregard for international law, [and] longstanding US foreign policy regarding the status of Jerusalem,” said Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
Not to be outdone, the senator from New York–Chuck Schumer–amongst others on both sides of the aisle– took to Twitter.  Sen. Schumer addressed “the days of ‘Zionism as racism’ before Tweeting his disappointment in the UN vote :



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