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    Trump Urges United Nations to Veto Resolution on Israel Settlements

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    The United Nations Security Council should veto a proposed resolution calling on Israel to stop the building of settlements, US President-elect Donald Trump said in a statement on Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The draft resolution, circulated by Egypt, states that Israel should "immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem."According to the draft, the settlements have "no legal validity" and violate international law.

    Before the vote, Israel urged the United States not allow the UN Security Council to adopt this document.

    "The resolution being considered at the United Nations Security Council regarding Israel should be vetoed," Trump stated.

    In early December, it was announced that the Arab countries had completed work on a draft resolution condemning the Israeli settlement activities as illegal.

    Later on Thursday, the UN Security Council is expected to vote on a resolution demanding that Israel stop building settlements in occupied Palestinian territories.

    Trump noted that US policy maintains peace between Israelis and the Palestinians "will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations."

    He added that the resolution puts Israel in a "poor negotiating position" and said it was "unfair" to Israelis.

    In a Twitter message on Wednesday, Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu urged the United States to veto the resolution.

    Over 500,000 Jewish settlers live in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, according to United Nations figures. The settlements are considered illegal by the United Nations, and West Bank territory is considered occupied territory by the International Court of Justice. The West Bank has been occupied by Israel since 1967.

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