Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley have agreed to work to overturn UN resolution 2334 condemning Israeli settlements — passed without US opposition in the final months of Barak Obama’s presidency — Channel 2 news reports.
The resolution, which passed in December 2016 with 14 yes votes and an American abstention, said Israeli settlements have “no legal validity” and represent “a flagrant violation under international law.” Israel reacted furiously to the resolution, denouncing it as “shameful.”
US President Donald Trump condemned the vote at the time, questioning the efficacy of the United Nations, and promising that “things will be different” when became president.
Haley has has also promised a different approach than the previous administration.
“The days of Israel bashing are over” at the UN, she told the AIPAC pro-Israel lobby in Washington, DC, in March. “That happened but it will never happen again,” she said of Resolution 2334. “You’re not going to take our number one democratic friend in the Middle East and beat up on them,” she said.
Furthermore, she declared then that when Resolution 2334 was approved, “the entire country felt a kick in the gut. We had just done something that showed the United States at its weakest point ever,” Nowadays, by contrast, she went on, “everyone at the United Nations is scared to talk to me about Resolution 2334. And I wanted them to know that, Look, that happened, but it will never happen again.”
Currently on an official visit to Israel, Haley told Netanyahu on Wednesday that she was actively working to change attitudes toward Israel at the UN.
“We’re starting to see a turn in New York. I think they know they can’t keep responding in the way they’ve been responding,” she referring to countries that routinely bash the Jewish state at the UN’s various agencies.
Overturning Resolution 2334 would require a new Security Council motion with the support of a majority of its members, and not vetoed by China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, and United States.