UN Ambassador Power Dodges on Anti-Israel Resolution Abstention


The United States ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, dodged questions Wednesday morning on her abstention vote last month on a Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements.

CBS host Charlie Rose asked Power what the consequences would be of the Obama administration's decision to let the resolution pass, which broke with decades of U.S. policy to defend the Jewish state at the U.N. The resolution condemned Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

"I would hope the consequence is that all the parties on the ground who have not been engaged in talks on a two-state solution for some time get motivated to come back to the table," Power said. "I mean, that was a resolution that enshrined in it opposition not only to settlementsĀ but also to violence and incitement of the kind that helps give rise to the kind of attack we saw earlier this week against Israelis."

Power did not address why the U.S. broke with past policy and allowed the resolution to proceed through the Security Council.

Conditions have not improved since the resolution passed, and Palestinian attacks on Israelis have continued in recent days.

Power also discussed the transition to the Trump administration and had praise for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who President-elect Donald Trump has nominated to be Power's successor at the U.N.

Jack Heretik

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Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

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