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By Atack Patrick
US abstention allows Israeli defeat

<p>The US has taken the strongest action in years against long standing ally Israel. </p> <p>By abstaining from a UN vote on condemning Israeli settlements, Sarah Powers, US envoy to the UN allowed the motion to pass. </p> <p>The resolution says settlements on the West Bank and in Jerusalem since 1967 have “no legal validity”. <br /> It also insists that the halting of these settlements is vital to saving the Two-State solution</p> <p>Danny Danon, Israeli Ambassador the UN responded by asking: <br /> “Who gave you the right to issue such a decree denying our eternal rights in Jerusalem? Would this council have had the nerve to condemn your country for building homes in your capital?”</p> <p>Palestinian envoy Riyad Mansour, on the other hand, welcomed the passing of the resolution, saying that:<br /> “After years of allowing the law to be trampled and the situation to spiral downward, today’s resolution may rightly be seen as a last attempt to preserve the two-state solution and revive the path for peace”</p> <p>The move, or lack thereof, is seen as a parting blow to Israel’s Netanyahu from President Obama. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The US should veto the anti-Israel resolution at the UN Security Council on Thursday.</p>— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) <a href="https://twitter.com/netanyahu/status/811745158261837825">December 22, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The pair have had a rocky relationship. </p> <p>Obama has targeted the settlements in peace talks, which have largely failed. </p> <p>But President-elect Trump holds a very different, pro-Netanyahu view, as hinted at by this tweet. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th.</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/812390964740427776">December 23, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>He also hopes to appoint <a href="http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/u-s-election-2016/.premium-1.752378">David Friedman</a> , a hardline zionist, as US Ambassador to Israel. </p> <p>The security council had been due to vote on the resolution on Thursday, but Egypt withdrew the motion under pressure from Israel and Trump. </p> <p>Israel say they reject and will not abide by the ruling which was eventually co-sponsored by New Zealand and Senegal</p>