Seeds: The United Nations (UN) recently voted on a resolution about the Israel-Palestine conflict that would demand that Israel stop all settlement on occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem (a city very scared to the Israeli people). The United States did not veto this resolution, which surprised many given that the U.S. has historically been one of Israel’s closest allies.
Core: Today, Secretary of State John Kerry gave a speech wherein he insured that the U.S.’s decision to not veto was in line with American values and that this settlement is in line with the idea of creating a “two-state solution” (one where both the Palestinians and the Israelis could live peacefully, dividing the land between the two).
Skin: Israel’s government said that they would continue these settlements and are very upset with the Obama administration, suggesting that the U.S. must have a plot against Israel. The U.S. ambassador was summoned to Israel, and Israel has stated that it will retaliate by ending funding to relief organizations in the U.N. that aid any Palestinians. Essentially, Israel is up in arms; they said that Israel “does not turn the other cheek.”
Leaves: This resolution is non-binding, so there will be no sanctions or other retaliatory measures if Israel does not comply, and it looks like they won’t. However, President-elect Trump has tweeted about his support for Israel and the Israeli government has announced that they look forward to reestablishing and warming ties with the U.S. with his administration.
Food For Thought: What do you think about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? What about the resolution? Do you think the Trump administration will keep to its promises and aid Israel?
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