Israel asked Trump to speak out before UN vote: report

Israel asked Trump to speak out before UN vote: report
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Israel’s government contacted President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE to speak out against a United Nations Security Council vote regarding controversial new settlement construction, according to a new report.

A measure before the Security Council would have called for an end to new Israeli settlements built on disputed areas claimed by Palestinians.

Jerusalem connected with Trump’s team after officials believed they had failed to sway the Obama administration to veto the measure, CNN reported Thursday.

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“[We] implored the White House not to go ahead and told them that if they did, we would have to reach out to President-elect Trump,” a senior Israeli official said. "We did reach out to the president-elect and are deeply appreciative that he weighed in, which was not a simple thing to do.”

Trump earlier Thursday called for the U.N. Security Council to veto the resolution.

“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,” he said in a statement. "This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis.”

The resolution, which was originally drafted by Egypt, called for Israel to “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem." It would also have labeled existing settlements a “flagrant violation” of international law.

“[The] cessation of all Israeli settlement activities is essential for salvaging the two-state solution,” the resolution said.

The vote was eventually postponed, reportedly on the instructions of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

No new date for the vote has been scheduled, Reuters said Thursday, meaning it might be put off “potentially indefinitely.”

Trump called al-Sisi to discuss the vote, CNN said Thursday, after Israelis asked the president-elect to intervene.

Thursday’s resolution highlighted longstanding tensions between President Obama’s administration on one side, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Republicans on the other.