Trump Draws Praise for ‘Extremely Effective, Daring’ Involvement in Delaying Vote on Egypt-Promoted Anti-Israeli Settlement UN Security Council Resolution
President-elect Donald Trump has drawn rare praise from the New York Daily News for his involvement in delaying a vote on an Egypt-promoted anti-Israeli settlement UN Security Council resolution that was originally supposed to be held on Thursday.
The Obama administration “dithered after the draft resolution surfaced Wednesday,” the New York Daily News said in an editorial. “Left hanging by America, supposedly Israel’s closest ally, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scrambled and overnight put out a call for help. As official Washington was silent, Trump went to Twitter to demand a US veto. Egypt, pulled the resolution off the table. Whew, a close call.”
“It never should have come to this and only did due to Washington’s aimlessness,” the editorial continued.
In a Fox News appearance on Thursday, prominent conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer took aim at the Obama administration for its apparent decision to let the Egyptian resolution — which, among other things, demanded Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities” in the West Bank and East Jerusalem — pass.
“More than a slap on the wrist, I think it would have done permanent damage to Israel…because it sets conditions that take away all of Israel’s bargaining chips,” Krauthammer said. “In other words, it gives everything over to the Palestinians in advance — in return for nothing from the Palestinians, no recognition of a Jewish state, no concessions at all.”
“This would have been one last shot at Israel, and particularly at Israel’s prime minister from Obama,” Krauthammer went on to say. “An act of…I don’t know if it’s ideological, but a lot of personal revenge. What Trump did was unprecedented. For a President-elect to step in, to publicly oppose it [the resolution], and essentially tell Egypt, who introduced the resolution, ‘You better withdraw this or you won’t have a friend in the White House’ — at a time when Egypt needs a friend in the White House.”
Krauthammer praised Trump’s actions as “extremely effective, and extremely daring.”
In an article published by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs think tank on Thursday, former Israeli Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold cautioned, “If it becomes the conventional wisdom that, in 2016, the US gave up on a future negotiation and preferred instead that the UN take the lead on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, then the peoples of the region will pay a price for years to come.”
AFP reported on Thursday that Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi made the decision to delay the vote during a phone call with Trump. In a statement, Sisi’s office said the Egyptian president and Trump “agreed on the importance of giving the new administration a chance to deal comprehensively with all the aspects of the Palestinian cause to achieve a comprehensive settlement.”