Obama says not vetoing UNSC resolution was ‘the best move for peace’

In less than two weeks, US President Barack Obama will leave the White House after eight years. In his final interview with Channel 2’s Ilana Dayan, Obama explained his decision to not veto the recent anti-settlement UNSC resolution: “I believe it was the best move for peace.”
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In just 10 days, US President Barack Obama will leave the White House and US President-elect Donald Trump will move in. This evening (Tuesday), the farewell interview Israeli journalist Ilana Dayan conducted with the outgoing US president will be broadcasted in Israel. During the interview, Obama commented on his relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The full interview will be broadcasted during Dayan’s investigative television program Uvda (Fact in Hebrew) on Channel 2.

“I think he’s been very consistent in his views,” Obama said referring to Netanyahu. “So often, the issues that have come up between my administration and his have been framed as in terms of personalities and that’s actually not the case. Whenever I meet with him, we have cordial conversations. They’re candid conversations. And on a wide range of issues, we agree. There are some high-profile issues with which we have some deep disagreements.”

Obama explained in the interview that the decision to not veto the UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements was “the best move for peace.” “About 8.5 million dollars a day [is transferred to Israel] to assure Israel’s security,” said Obama. “That does not include the three billion dollars in missile defense, the development of the Iron Dome that has saved Israeli lives through a number of conflicts.”

“The issue for me has been even as our commitment to Israel’s security is unwavering, what can we do to ensure a long-term prospect for peace,” he continued. “Understanding today that the trust between the Israelis and Palestinians is very low, understating that despite the best efforts of Secretary Kerry and his efforts to both encourage Netanyahu and Abbas to get together, the political circumstances on both sides did not allow for significant progress, how do we preserve the possibility? And increasingly, the settlement issue has become a barrier to the possibility of a two-state solution.”

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