An Irish resolution, meanwhile, entitled “Comprehensive, Just, and Lasting Peace in the Middle East,” easily passed with 156 votes in favor to six against with 12 abstentions. Australia, Israel, Liberia, Marshall Islands, and Nauru joined the United States in voting against it. It called for an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestine including East Jerusalem, and affirmed support for a two-state solution based on pre-1967 borders.

Ireland’s ambassador to the U.N. Geraldine Byrne Nason said that “settlement activity, violence, and terrorism” are all barriers to achieving such peace. She added, “A settlement of the conflict must meet Israeli and Palestinian security needs and Palestinian aspirations for statehood and sovereignty, and resolve all final status issues.” 

President Donald Trump announced Friday his intention to nominate State Department spokeswoman and former Fox News anchor Heather Nauert to fill Haley’s role. When it comes to Israel, Nauert will likely bring continuity. According to the Jerusalem Post, “In her briefings, when asked about controversial Israeli policies or decisions, she almost always defers to the Israeli government.”

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