The US President-elect Donald Trump seems to be the only leader in the world who is supporting Israeli illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Palestine.
Today, he said in a tweet that Israel had been treated with “disdain and disrespect” by the UN Security Council which demanded Israel to immediately halt all its illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
He even urged Israel to “stay strong” until he assumes office next month. He said Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state was “in jeopardy”
On Friday, the US chose not to veto a UN Security Council resolution calling for an end to Israeli settlement construction, which infuriated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
More than 500,000 Jews live in about 140 settlements built since Israel’s 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to a report by BBC.
The settlements are considered illegal under international law.
John Kerry has warned that current Israeli policy was putting a future peace agreement in jeopardy and was not in the best interests of Israel, the Palestinians – or the US.
“The two-state solution is the only way to achieve just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” he insisted.
“We cannot properly defend and protect Israel if we allow a viable two-state solution to be damaged before our own eyes.”
Kerry insisted the UN Security Council resolution passed on Friday was in accordance with US values – despite criticism from the Israeli government, which the secretary of state had an agenda “driven by its most extreme elements”.
The resolution stated that the establishment of settlements “has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-state solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace”.
On Wednesday, Trump said in a tweet: “We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect.
Netanyahu tweeted back: “President-elect Trump, thank you for your warm friendship and your clear-cut support for Israel!”