Obama Administration Allows Anti-Israel UN Resolution Against Settlements to Pass

US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, pictured on October 13, 2016, told the General Assembly that the US would abstain from a vote calling for the end of the US embargo against Cuba
TEL AVIV – In a dramatic departure from the longstanding U.S. policy of vetoing anti-Israel resolutions, the Obama administration on Friday abstained from voting on a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a halt to Israeli construction in the West Bank and eastern sections of Jerusalem, thereby allowing the measure to pass. Fourteen member states voted in favor of the resolution; none voted against and the U.S. obstained. The Times of Israel reports: Speaking at the Security Council after the vote, US Ambassador Samantha Power said the vote underlined the Council’s long-standing position that “the settlements have no legality.” She claimed the US position was “fully in line with the bipartisan history” of how US presidents have approached the issue for decades. Earlier today, an Israeli official told reporters, including this reporter at Breitbart Jerusalem, the Obama administration secretly worked with the Palestinian Authority to craft a “shameful” United Nations resolution behind Israel’s back, an Israeli official told reporters on Friday. The official told Breitbart Jerusalem by email: “President Obama and Secretary Kerry are behind this shameful move against Israel at the UN. The US administration secretly cooked up with the Palestinians an extreme anti Israeli resolution behind Israel’s back which