President-elect Donald J. Trump publicly pressured President Obama on Thursday to veto a United Nations resolution critical of Israel, the newly elected leaders most direct intervention in foreign policy during his transition to power.
Mr. Trump called on the president to use the United States veto in the United Nations Security Council to block the Arab-sponsored resolution, which condemned the construction and expansion of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. The Obama administration, which vetoed a similar resolution in 2011, had withheld judgment over the latest measure.
With the United States position publicly in doubt, the resolution was pulled by its sponsor, Egypt, on Thursday morning, hours before the council was scheduled to vote, and it was unclear when or even if it would be brought back up. But Mr. Trumps forceful insertion into the matter reflected an unusual public split between incoming and departing presidents and highlighted the stark shift on Middle East policy ahead when the new administration takes over in a month.
Mr. Obama, frustrated by two failed efforts to broker peace between Israelis and Palestinians during his tenure, has been considering an effort to lay out an American framework during his final days in office. Palestinian leaders and their allies had hoped he would allow the anti-settlement resolution at the United Nations to pass as an expression of frustration at Israeli policies he considers unconstructive.”