What the UN vote ignores is that the Palestinians do not want a two state 'solution'
A "shameful" abstention by the U.S. in a United Nations vote Friday allowed passage of a resolution condemning Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank.The reason there is no deal on two states is because the Palestinians do not want one and could not live up to the terms if they did, because too many Palestinian factions want a one state solution that does not include Israel. Assuming the PA would agree to a deal it would be of no value because they would continue to reward terrorism and do nothing significant to stop it. They have nothing of value to offer Israel in return for a deal and that is the reason there is no deal.
The UN Security Council resolution was put forward by four nations a day after Egypt withdrew it Thursday under pressure from Israel and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Failure by the U.S. to veto the measure was seen as a double-cross of America's key Middle Eastern ally, and attributed directly to outgoing President Barack Obama, who has had chilly relations with Israel throughout his eight-year tenure.
Reaction from U.S. Republicans and Jewish leaders around the world was swift and sharp.
"It was to be expected that Israel's greatest ally would act in accordance with the values that we share and that they would have vetoed this disgraceful resolution," said Israel's Ambassador Danny Danon. "I have no doubt that the new U.S. administration and the incoming UN Secretary General will usher in a new era in terms of the UN's relationship with Israel."
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., blasted the Obama administration for undermining America's historic Middle East ally.
"This is absolutely shameful," Ryan said. "Today's vote is a blow to peace that sets a dangerous precedent for further diplomatic efforts to isolate and demonize Israel."
Minutes after the vote, Trump took to Twitter to express his opposition.