- By: Reza Bahar
Adopted by 14 votes in favor and one abstention, the US, the Resolution 2334 says that the Zionist regime's settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, have “no legal validity”.
Presently, more than 500,000 Zionists live in settlements still mushrooming on the Occupied Palestinian Lands.
Reacting to the passsage of the resolutioin, just hours after it was adopted by the UNSC, US president-elect Donald Trump warned in a Twitter message, 'As to the UN, things will be different after Jan. 20th,' referring to the day when he assumes office as the 45th president of the United States.
The Security Council's vote is apparently targeting a process Israel has been embarking on since the early years following its occupation of the Palestinian Territories in 1967 in a bid to uproot Palestinians from their homeland and 'jewdise' the occupied areas.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power who raised her hand as the lone abstention while 14 other members of the UN body voted in favor of the resolution, defended Washington's move not to use its veto power despite practicing it in the past to save the Zionist regime from punishment.
'The simple truth is that for as long as Israel has been a member of this institution, Israel has been treated differently from other nations at the United Nations,' Power said according to the National Public News (NPR) website.
But the US move to abstain the landmark vote infuriated Tel Aviv with the Zionist officials vowing not to abide by the resolution terms.
“Israel rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolution at the UN and will not abide by its terms,” said the Zionist regime's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a statement after adoption of the resolution.
The Zionist regime's Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon went even further to compare construction of Zionist settlements and the regime's expansionist policies on the 'occupied Palestinian territories' to urban developments elsewhere.
“Would you ban the French from building in Paris?” he said.
Reacting to the criticism by the Israeli envoy, Power said that one 'cannot champion settlements' and try at the same time to engage in peace negotiations with the Palestinians.
She criticized the unequal treatment Tel Aviv has received at the Security Council in the past, mainly from the veto-wielding members (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, and United States).
'And not only in decades past, such as the infamous resolution that the General Assembly adopted in 1975 with the support of the majority of member states, officially determining that Zionism is a form of racism. But also in 2016, this year. One need only look at the 18 resolutions against Israel adopted during the General Assembly in September, or the 12 Israel-specific resolutions adopted this year in the [UN] human rights council — more than those focused on Syria; North Korea; Iran and South Sudan put together,' Power addded.
'The United States has been sending the message that the settlements must stop, privately and publicly, for nearly five decades,' she said.
The resolution was put up for a vote by New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal on Friday, a day after Egypt withdrew reportedly under pressures from the Zionists and Trump.
Trump’s advisors said he had talked to Netanyahu about the UNSC resolution. Both men also spoke to the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to finally persuade Cairo abandon its bid to press for the resolution.
Egypt is among the main recipients of the US aids, especially military.
But the four temporary members with rotating two-year seats, snatched the resolution away from Egypt and paved the way for its ratification.
Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat described the UNSC adoption of the resolution as 'a day of victory for international law'.
'It is a victory for civilized language and negotiation and a total rejection of extremist forces in Israel,' Erekat told Reuters.
Miko Peled, an Israeli-American activist and author, also told Russia Today that the adoption of the resolution establishes an “important positive step” towards finding a solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, although it is only “a small one”.
But with Trump vowing to stand firmly by the Zionist regime, Resolution 2334 will hardly take effect and Israel, similar to the past, will try to go on with its expansionist policies leaving no room for the Palestinians to create a so-called state in their own homeland.
Now the million-dollar-question is that will the United States go on with its vote of abstention or the move by Washington tends to be just a theatrical last moment gesture by lame-duck president Barack Obama?
It remain to be seen how lame or potent the vote will be in the face of the Zionist regime's defiance and still feeling free to continue its atrocities against the Palestinian people.