The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has long been a hot button issue when it comes to U.S. relations with the Middle East. Each President has had his own personal view on the matter ever since Israel officially became a state in 1948. In the dawn of social media, politicians have a new outlet of reaching their constituents, particularly younger audiences. Leaders, all the way from small town mayors all the way up to presidents and prime ministers, now have a way to directly communicate with the people of their countries – and the rest of the world. When a world leader shares a tweet, Facebook status, or Instagram post, the world will instantly hear it.
A United Nations Security Council resolution was passed on Friday, December 23rd, that condemned Israeli settlements as a “flagrant violation under international law.” It could have otherwise been blocked by the United States, but the Obama administration decided against vetoing the Security Council’s resolution.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been very vocal about his opinion on the matter in stating that he believes the resolution is “bad for Israel, bad for the United States, and bad for peace.”
Donald Trump weighed in on the issue, assuring Israel of his support while expressing disdain with the Obama administration:
Benjamin Netanyahu responded to Donald Trump’s tweets, expressing gratitude for his support for the Jewish State:
Netanyahu has continued to post in response to the Obama administration’s decision not to block the U.N.’s resolution. This includes a post on Facebook that compares Obama’s visit to the Western Wall in 2008 to Obama’s acceptance of the U.N’s resolution in 2016:
On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke about the matter, harshly criticizing Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu in a speech that was more critical of Israel than has previously been the norm when coming from a United States politician. Kerry stated that: “friends need to tell each other the hard truths, and friendships must require mutual respect.” Additionally, he stated: “some seem to believe that the U.S. friendship means the U.S. must accept any policy, regardless of our own interests, our own positions, our own words, our own principles — even after urging again and again that the policy must change.”
Netanyahu was quick to respond to Kerry, responding with: “The entire Middle East is going up in flames, entire countries are toppling, terrorism is raging and for an entire hour the secretary of state attacks the only democracy in the Middle East.” The Prime Minister also added, “Maybe Kerry did not notice that Israel is the only place in the Middle East where Christmas can be celebrated in peace and security. Sadly, none of this interests the secretary of state.”