House Speaker Paul Ryan blasted the Obama administration’s refusal to veto a United Nations resolution pushing for an end to Israeli settlements Friday.
The U.S. has traditionally been one of Israel’s strongest allies, but Obama opted to buck both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President-elect Donald Trump’s call to continue shielding the country.
Ryan noted the move could have detrimental consequences in terms of foreign relations.
“This is absolutely shameful,” he said in a statement. “Today’s vote is a blow to peace that sets a dangerous precedent for further diplomatic efforts to isolate and demonize Israel.”
Top Israeli officials echoed Ryan’s sentiments, referring to the move as “shameful.”
“President Obama and Secretary [of State John] Kerry are behind this shameful move against Israel at the UN,” a senior Israeli official told The Associated Press.”The U.S. administration secretly cooked up with the Palestinians an extreme anti-Israeli resolution behind Israel’s back which would be a tail-wind for terror and boycotts and effectively make the Western Wall [in Jerusalem] occupied Palestinian territory.”
Ryan and Trump both stated how they will work to repair the relationship between Israel and the United States as soon as Obama leaves office.
“Our unified Republican government will work to reverse the damage done by this administration, and rebuild our alliance with Israel,” Ryan said.
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