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Ahead of Kerry Speech, Trump: ‘Stay Strong Israel’ for My Inauguration

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President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday preempted an expected message from Secretary of State John Kerry which was billed as the Obama administration’s last word on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Trump ripped the Obama administration’s treatment of Israel and pledged to end the “disdain and disrespect” for the country.

“We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. They used to have a great friend in the U.S., but not anymore. The beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this (U.N.)! Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!” Trump wrote in a two-part tweet.

In part, Trump was referencing the recent United Nation’s Security Council vote. On Friday the U.N. voted to condemn Israeli settlements in disputed territories. The U.S. abstained even though it could have vetoed the resolution. Otherwise, of the remaining 14 nations in the Security Council, all 14 unanimously voted for the resolution, sending a strong message to Israel that its actions are highly unpopular with the world.

Trump, some U.S. lawmakers, and of course, Israel harshly criticized the Obama administration for not blocking the resolution. Trump has promised to repair the U.S.-Israel relationship, while Israeli leaders have accused the current White House of masterminding the U.N. vote.

“The Obama administration not only failed to protect Israel against this gang-up at the UN, it colluded with it behind the scenes,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office wrote in a statement.
The statement also welcomed the prospect of working with the Trump administration after President Obama leaves office.
“Israel looks forward to working with President-elect Trump and with all our friends in Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike, to negate the harmful effects of this absurd resolution,” the statement said.

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Jim at

Trump chastised Obama for publicly announcing exit plans of troops in Iraq. Is Trump’s tweet, among his other tweets, letting the world know his plans and support of Israel cause further deterioration and anger from other countries like Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Yeman, Abd Iran? It would seem Trump is likewise announcing to the world. I believe it will cause backlashes and invite more retaliatory actions again US and Americans abroad.

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