That settlements resolution December 27, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Too little too late, perhaps. Certainly it shows up the lack of movement by the US government across decades. And telling how appalled is the response from the Israeli government. But this is striking – an analysis from Slate:
The resolution doesn’t include sanctions against Israel so it doesn’t really translate into any practical effects on the ground. Still, there is plenty of symbolic value as it means the international community has now officially condemned the settlement activity and that is highly unlikely to be reversed. After all, a reversal of the resolution would require it pass the Security Council without the veto of any of its permanent members, which needless to say is a highly unlikely scenario.
Trump can huff and puff about all changed utterly in January 2017 but for those, like myself, still clinging to a two state solution this is some small comfort. There’s a benchmark in the international context set by that vote. Far too little. But not entirely unimportant.