Security Council Vote on Illegal Israeli Settlements Postponed

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Security Council Vote on Illegal Israeli Settlements Postponed
by Stephen Lendman
Scheduled for early afternoon on December 22, Egypt, its originator, asked for a postponement, perhaps indefinitely.
It acted following heavy-handed Netanyahu and Trump pressure. The Israeli prime minister urged a US veto. Trump tweeted “(t)he resolution being considered at the United Nations Security Council regarding Israel should be vetoed” – followed by a Facebook statement, adding:
“As the United States has long maintained, peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations. This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis.”
Responding to Trump on Facebook, I said (a)re you saying it’s OK for Israel to violate international law, steal Palestinian land, develop it for exclusive Jewish use, dispossess families from what’s rightfully theirs, while arresting, imprisoning and brutalizing justifiable resisters? Is that OK with you? Not with me, a Jew supporting Palestinian rights.
A same-day article discussed what’s in the resolution. Under international law, all Israeli settlements are illegal. No nation may transfer parts of its civilian population to territory it occupies. Palestinian land belongs to Palestinians, not Israel.
A senior Netanyahu official said failure of Washington to veto the resolution if and when it’s brought to a vote would breach its longstanding commitment to the Jewish state.
So-called commitments violating fundamental international law have no legal, moral, or ethical standing.
It’s unclear what’s planned for the resolution now. If delayed until after Trump’s inauguration, vetoing it is certain – along with any other Security Council measure supporting long denied Palestinian rights.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.