Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has lashed out at outgoing US President Barack Obama. The Prime Minister inferred that Obama had taken an old world position against the country, and insisted that it will recover. He also claimed the US’s position was a “shameful ambush” over the resolution. The resolution put forward by Egypt was meant to put an end to Israel’s illegal settlement building in the disputed west bank. Barack Obama has previously conceded that the building was unhelpful to the possibility of the US’s preferred position of a two-state solution.
The United nations had described Israel’s ignoring of the legality as “flagrant”. Though traditionally the US has used its veto to protect Israel. They also usually insist that relations between Israel and Palestine should be negotiated between themselves. Netanyahu has accused the US of going back on previous promises.
Obama’s position on Israel is in direct opposition to his successor’s. Donald Trump has promised that things will be different once he takes power on January the 20th. Trump is known to favour protecting Israel, as he, along with many in the house believe that Israel is an important ally in the fractured middle east. Obama’s veto is largely symbolic, as the vote was heavily against Israel, but Netanyahu has taken it personally. The men are known to not be on the same page, as they’ve widely different agendas politically.
Netanyahu believes that the inability for agreement comes down to Palestinian refusals to accept that Israel has a Jewish identity. This is mostly refuted by those in diplomatic circles, who claim that the building of the settlements is the biggest issue.
This is the final straw in the strained relationship between Obama and Netanyahu. They’ve spent several years at loggerheads over peace in the middle east. Recently Israel took exception to the US signing a historic deal with Iran to control their nuclear aspirations. Israel see Iran as a major threat in the region, and favour keeping sanctions on the country, rather than diplomatic relations.
How this will change once Trump comes in is unknown. Trump certainly wants to help the Israeli cause, but how much support he will get is a potential banana skin. Especially in the face of being against the will of the rest of the United Nations. But he will certainly be a friendlier ally to Netanyahu than his predecessor.
Joseph is a 34 year old freelance writer from London. He has a wide interest in politics and specialises in the subject. He's also a blog writer in his spare time.