The USA’s sudden bold stance against Israel continues to baffle the world.
Wednesday night, John Kerry further rebuked Israel’s settlements on the West Bank, saying that the continuous expansion of Israeli settlements threatened the Two-State deal.
“The settler agenda is defining the future in Israel. And their stated purpose is clear: They believe in one state: Greater Israel,” Kerry said.
“If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic, it cannot be both, and it won’t ever really be at peace,” he continued.
Earlier the US abstained from UN’s resolution that deemed Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, illegal. By choosing not to veto the resolution, the US has allowed the resolution to pass and for the UN to design a plan of action to remove Israeli settlements, revaluate border parameters and possibly give more rights to Palestinians.
Supporters of Palestine believe that the UN settlement resolution is too late and little can be done to ameliorate the situation for Palestinians.
Critics say that the Obama administration should have never let the resolution pass.
President-elect Trump has been very critical of President Obama’s stance, saying that Israel is being treated “very, very unfairly” and telling Israel to “stay strong, January 20th is fast approaching”.
On the other hand, Israel is determined to prove that the Obama administration was responsible for advancing the UN resolution.
The US has come under criticism from other world leaders for enabling Israel’s brutal killing of Palestinian civilians and occupying land beyond its borders. However, Obama administration’s new approach to the Middle East just weeks before Trump’s inauguration has left many questioning the US’ motives.