Ron Dermer says the outgoing administration should not have let the U.N. resolution go through without the president-elect’s support.
The White House’s decision not to block a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israel for its construction of settlements in occupied territories was “outrageous,” Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer said Thursday morning, especially given impending transfer of power in Washington.
Dermer told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he had personally lobbied the administration of President Barack Obama not to abstain from the Security Council vote and that he had warned senior administration officials that if they proceeded with their plan, Israel would be compelled to appeal to President-elect Donald Trump.
The Obama administration opted to abstain from the Security Council vote, breaking with a long tradition of using the U.S. veto power to protect Israel. Trump quickly weighed in on Twitter, announcing on Christmas Eve that “the big loss yesterday for Israel in the United Nations will make it much harder to negotiate peace. Too bad, but we will get it done anyway!” He chimed in again Wednesday that “we cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect” and urged Israel to “stay strong” because his inauguration “is fast approaching!”