Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer warned on Tuesday that the country will provide “evidence” to President-elect Donald Trump that President Barack Obama was behind Friday’s anti-settlement resolution at the United Nations Security Council.As previously reported, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned America’s ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro and asked him to explain what happened.
During the vote, the United States broke a decades-long policy of vetoing anti-Israel resolutions and chose to abstain from the vote, which then passed 14-0.
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It’s an old story that the United Nations gangs up against Israel. What is new is that the United States did not stand up and oppose that gang-up. And what is outrageous is that the United States was actually behind that gang-up.
Dermer continued to say during an interview with CNN that Israel has proof that Washington orchestrated the resolution, and will “present this evidence to the new administration through the appropriate channels.”He also said:
If they want to share it with the American people, they are welcome to do it.
On Sunday, Netanyahu’s spokesman David Keyes told CNN that Israel has “solid information” of Obama’s alleged involvement in pushing the resolution.
The White House on the other hand has denied having any involvement in the resolution. Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said on Friday:
We have ironclad information, frankly, that the Obama administration really helped push this resolution and helped craft it, from sources internationally and sources in the Arab world.
We did not draft the resolution; we did not introduce the resolution. We made this decision when it came up for a vote.
He added the United States “could not in good conscience” veto the resolution.
During an interview with MSNBC, Dermer called Rhodes an “expert in fiction.” He said “when the prime minister of Israel makes such an allegation, that is backed up by 100% evidence. You can take that to the bank.”
Currently Netanyahu is actively recruiting the help of friends in Congress and of the incoming Trump administration with the aim of blocking any future surprises Obama might have in mind for Israel before he leaves office.