Obama warns Trump against ‘sudden’ unilateral moves’ on Mideast conflict
President Barack Obama warned his successor Donald Trump against any ‘sudden’ unilateral moves’ on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned his successor Donald Trump against any “sudden, unilateral moves” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in an apparent reference to his plan to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“The president-elect will have his own policy,” Obama told his final news conference, two days before leaving office.
“But obviously it’s a volatile environment. What we have seen in the past is when some unilateral moves are made that speak to some of the core issues and sensitivities of either side, that can be explosive.”
President Obama said he was worried that the prospects for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were waning because of growing Israeli settlement of the West Bank.
Obama told a news conference that his administration did not block a recent UN resolution on Israeli settlement activity because it felt a two-state solution was the only option for peace.
“The goal of the resolution was to simply say that the ... growth of the settlements are creating a reality on the ground that increasingly will make a two-state solution impossible,” Obama told the news conference. “It was important for us to send a signal, a wakeup call that this moment may be passing.”