Donald Trump says the decision by the United Nations to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem ‘‘will make it much harder to negotiate peace.’’
The president-elect took to Twitter on Saturday, a day after the U.N. Security Council vote on the settlements.
Trump says that the decision is ‘‘too bad, but we will get it done anyway.’’
The big loss yesterday for Israel in the United Nations will make it much harder to negotiate peace.Too bad, but we will get it done anyway!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2016
Trump didn’t elaborate, but a move by the Obama administration to abstain from Friday’s U.N. vote brushes aside Trump’s demands that the U.S. exercise its veto and provided a climax to years of icy relations with Israel’s leadership.
Trump told The Associated Press a year ago that he wanted to be ‘‘very neutral’’ on Israel-Palestinian issues. But his tone on the issue became decidedly more pro-Israel as the presidential campaign progressed. He has spoken disparagingly of Palestinians, saying they have been ‘‘taken over’’ by or are condoning militant groups.