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AYMAN MOHYELDIN: The Israeli government may go ahead with plans to build thousands of new housing units in East Jerusalem despite a U.N. Security Council banning construction there. In fact, the resolution passed last Friday with the U.S. abstaining, essentially allowing the measure to pass. The U.S. has vetoed similar resolutions in the past, and that has obviously raised tensions between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama.
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The tensions are so high, some are calling it a “parting shot” or even revenge by Obama.
ELIOT ENGEL: What’s important is regardless of how one feels about settlements, the fact is the United Nations never gives Israel a fair break. And Israel relies on the United States to block the most onerous resolutions against them and we didn’t do it, and I think it was a mistake. It’s sort of a parting shot out the door, you know, President Obama — whom I voted for twice — decided that he was going to do this. And I think he would have been a lot better off just vetoing the resolution and say to the U.N., “Let’s get serious here, let’s try to not put blame on one party, particularly the party that’s a democracy.”
ALAN DERSHOWITZ: Obama purposely tried to tie the hands of his successor, which is utterly undemocratic during a lame duck period. It will make it much harder for [President-elect Donald] Trump to bring about a negotiated peace, because the Palestinians, as was said, have no incentive to do it. Look, this is not policy. This is pique. This is a president who is angry and is trying to get even. There’s no other way of explaining why the president would allow this kind of overwrought resolution that doesn’t speak only to the expanded settlements, but speaks to the heart of Jewish Jerusalem. It is a revenge, not a policy. And it is part of Obama’s legacy. He is going to go down in history as one of the best domestic presidents and one of the worst foreign policy presidents in the history of the United States. Shame on him for doing this on the way out.
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Netanyahu’s spokesman said they have evidence that Obama colluded with Palestinians to betray Israel.
DAVID KEYES: We have ironclad information, frankly, that the Obama administration really helped push this resolution and helped craft it, from sources internationally and from sources in the Arab world. And it’s really an unfortunate legacy, a kind of last-minute jab at Israel that actually distances peace. And I applaud both leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties who’ve come out and blasted this deeply anti-Israel resolution.
DANA BASH: You are saying you have ironclad information, effectively, that the U.S. engaged in collusion with the Palestinians to get this resolution passed? Can you give that to the public? Can you make it public to prove what you’re saying is true?
KEYES: Unfortunately I can’t, not here on CNN. But I can tell you that we have full confidence that the information is accurate. And it’s really unfortunate because Israel’s hand has and is, has been and is extended for peace. The prime minister has called on [Palestinian] President [Mahmoud] Abbas literally hundreds of times to meet with him anytime, anywhere without preconditions. And the fact that the Palestinian leadership has said no to that invitation so many times really tells you everything you need to know about why peace has stalled.
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