Trump calls UN vote a ‘big loss’ for Israel

FILE - This May 17, 2016 file photo shows construction on land owned by Palestinian Mohammad Abu Ta'a, in east Jerusalem. Abu Ta'a discovered some years ago that the Israeli government had expropriated the piece of land in Jerusalem belonging to his family and handed it over to a leading organization that oversees Jewish settlement building in the West Bank. The U.N. Security Council prepared Friday for perhaps its biggest vote in recent history as the United States weighed abstaining from a resolution that would condemn Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Behind the scenes, U.S. and Israeli officials exchanged surprisingly sharp words for allies. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
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The UN Security Council voted Friday to pass a resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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.’’


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.

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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.