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Israel Asked Trump for Support in UN Vote

The Israeli government asked Donald Trump to weigh in against a UN Security Council resolution that would condemn Israeli settlements in occupied territories, CNN reports. Israeli officials reportedly asked Trump to pressure the Obama administration into vetoing the resolution, an unprecedented move by a president-elect. The White House was reportedly not planning to veto the resolution. In a statement, Trump publicly called for the U.S. to slap down the proposal. "As the United States has long maintained, peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations," Trump said in the Thursday statement. "This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis."

The expected vote was delayed on Thursday, after Egypt moved to postpone a vote.