Fox News’ Eric Shawn interviewed Dan Gillerman, the former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, on national security advisor Lieutenant General Michael Flynn’s contact with the Russians during the transition period. Because this effort occurred during the transition it was not illegal. However, his lying to the FBI is illegal, which is a separate issue.
It appears that General Flynn was trying to delay the December, 2016 UN Security Council Resolution 2334 vote on Israeli settlements. The Obama administration abstained during the vote. This abstention lead to UN Resolution 2334 passing on December 23, 2016.
According to Foreign Policy magazine:
The Obama administration stood by as the U.N. Security Council voted Friday to adopt a resolution declaring Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem illegal and demanding a halt to their expansion. It was a blunt rejection by the Obama administration of appeals (via Twitter) by President-elect Donald Trump to veto the measure.
The vote, with 14 in favor and only the United States abstaining, followed an extraordinary day of diplomacy that saw a U.S. president-elect insert himself directly into a diplomatic spat in an effort to sway the sitting president to change course. Trump continued blasting the U.N. and the administration after the vote. Trump tweeted, “As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th,” after Friday’s vote.
It was clear that then President-elect Trump wanted Resolution 2334 delayed until he could appoint Nikki Haley as his UN Ambassador to the United Nations. Given President Trump and Ambassador Haley’s positions on Israel it is clear that the United States would have vetoed UN Resolution 2334. This effort by Obama as he was leaving office put both the position of the United States and Israel to negotiate a peaceful agreement with the Palestinians at risk. It gave the Palestinians ownership of something they have never owned, territory in Israel.
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