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U.S. Allows U.N. Security Council to Condemn Israeli Settlements and More You Missed in Politics Today

by Countable | 12.23.16

It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter, so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:

1. "U.N. Security Council demands end to Israeli settlements, U.S. abstains"

"The Obama administration on Friday allowed the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements, defying pressure from President-elect Donald Trump as well as Israel and several U.S. senators who urged Washington to use its veto. The resolution was put forward at the 15-member council for a vote by New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal a day after Egypt withdrew it under pressure from Israel and Trump, who called the United States to veto the measure. It was adopted with 14 votes in favor, to a round of applause. It is the first resolution the Security Council has adopted on Israel and the Palestinians in nearly eight years. The U.S. decision to abstain was a relatively rare step by Washington, which usually shields Israel from such action."

Read more at Reuters.

2. "Putin to Democratic Party: You lost, get over it"

"Russian President Vladi­mir Putin has a message for the White House and Democratic leaders who accuse him of stealing their candidate’s victory: Don’t be sore losers. That was how Putin answered a question Friday at his annual news conference about whether Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election in favor of Donald Trump. The Democrats “are losing on all fronts and looking elsewhere for things to blame," he told more than 1,000 journalists packed into a Moscow convention hall for the nearly four-hour event. “In my view, this, how shall I say it, degrades their own dignity. You have to know how to lose with dignity.””

Read more at the Washington Post.

3. "Berlin truck attacker Anis Amri killed in Milan"

"Anis Amri, accused of a deadly strike on a Christmas market in Berlin that prompted a manhut across Europe, was has been shot dead by police in Milan. Amri, a Tunisian national,l fired on police who asked him for ID during a routine patrol early Friday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was "relieved" that the attacker had been neutralized but added that Islamist terrorism was "a recurring threat to us." Her government's main priority was to protect German citizens, she told journalists, adding that this case had raised "many questions.””

Read more at the BBC.

4. "Hijacking of Libyan airliner to Malta ends peacefully"

"The hijacking of a Libyan airliner and diversion to the Mediterranean island of Malta ended without bloodshed on Friday, after the jet’s passengers and crew were released unharmed and the hijackers surrendered to authorities. All 111 passengers and six crew members were released and the two Libyan hijackers had been taken into custody. Ashraf Tulty, spokesman for the United Nations-backed government in Tripoli, said the hijackers, who had threatened to blow up the plane with grenades, were seeking political asylum in Europe."

Read more at the Wall Street Journal.

5. "Senator looks to expand protections for whistle-blowers"

"Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, responding to what she has called troubling weaknesses in protections for whistle-blowers, has asked federal agencies to provide information on senior managers who may have retaliated against employees who reported wrongdoing. The Democratic senator’s request was prompted by a statement in June from the Transportation Security Administration that said that despite a number of documented cases of such reprisals, neither the courts nor government agencies had confirmed whistle-blower retaliation by any senior manager at the agency."

Read more at the New York Times.

— Erin Wright

(Photo by Michael Jacobsen / Creative Commons)

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  • Joanie
    12/24/2016
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    Obama has maintained U.S. ties with Israel, but like most of the world, he views increased settlements as a land grab and illegal. He did not endorse the resolution with a "yes" vote specifically because he DOES support the nation of Israel, but he did not veto it because he believes that, in the instance of the settlements, Israel is in the wrong. That's what ethical individuals and nations do, they put justice above the ties of friendship.

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  • Pam
    12/24/2016
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    Support the UN in stopping Israel from occupation of Palestine territory.

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  • Thalinna
    12/24/2016
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    This must be undone. There never was a Palestine and they had many chances to make one. Israel was given the land and its established. The UN is targeting Israel at every turn and is biased. This is wrong.

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  • Sebastian
    12/26/2016
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    Good Israel is a fine country and an ally of us. However that does not mean they are exempt from justice. Two state solution all the way

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  • Michael
    12/24/2016
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    Great job on keeping Israel accountable. The only solution is a two state solution and hopefully this is an important first step.

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  • Christian
    12/24/2016
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    I support the UN.

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  • Alis
    12/27/2016
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    Alleluia!!! It's about time the U.S. stopped giving Israel a free hand to destroy whatever freedom that the Palestinians have left--which isn't much at this point! If we don't contain rampant Israeli expansion, the Middle East will always be in turmoil.

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  • Erik
    12/27/2016
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    We had to "abstain" (say yes without saying yes). Netanyahu deserves it for that little stunt he and the GOP pulled awhile back.

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  • Markie
    12/27/2016
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    There are a lot of people spouting dogma and lies. The international community has condemned the settlements for years. Israel has become its own worst enemy. They elected their version of Putin. Israel PM has inflamed the situation for worse than any external power could. Israel is an apartheid state.

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  • Sebastian
    12/26/2016
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    Good Israel is a fine country and an ally of us. However that does not mean they are exempt from justice. Two state solution all the way

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  • CamilleNix
    12/24/2016
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    I am an example of retaliation against whistleblowers myself! In December 2015 I filed EEOC charges against my Senior Manager, William "Bill" Sewell in Los Angeles, CA who currently still works for AECOM, one of the world's largest Federal Contractors, the FBI and CIA. I have been blacklisted, put on the domestic Terrorist List and employers all over the country have been prevented from hiring me. My income dropped from $180K to 0 and I had to leave the state of CA and am now living in Las Vegas on government assistance. I hold an Engineering degree and an MBA. I am now a Social Advocate, Christian Minister and working to help those in need globally! ~ Camille Nix

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  • Michael
    12/27/2016
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    It's good that the US abstained.

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  • CamilleNix
    12/24/2016
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    Why is Obama the 1st President that has NOT stood with Israel?

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  • Sandy
    12/28/2016
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    Israel is wrong, they are building on Palestinian land!! They should be made to stop!!! And Drump should keep his nose out of it until he's President!!! Obama is STILL our President!!

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  • JSB
    12/26/2016
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    Most people here have no idea how much anti-semitism is evident in the UN. They also have no idea what the history is of the region or how Palestinians brainwash their kids at an early age to become murders. Hamas doesn't want a two state solution, they want one - with Israel gone. Grab some education beyond mainstream media. When the UN's committee on human rights is headed by states known to egregiously violate those same rights you know the organization is evil and needs to go.

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  • Tony
    12/27/2016
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    Israel needs to stop being such an ass

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  • Alis
    12/27/2016
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    Alleluia!!! It's about time the U.S. stopped giving Israel a free hand to destroy whatever freedom that the Palestinians have left--which isn't much at this point! If we don't contain rampant Israeli expansion, the Middle East will always be in turmoil.

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  • Jeannette
    12/24/2016
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    I remember a time when Israel and the Palestinians lived peacefully side by side. I remember when Obama first got into office Netanyahu visited Washington. The way Obama treated him was shameful. When he got back to Israel he told Israel America has lost its moral compass, that broke my heart. The Great divider the UN to our nation Great divider Obama. These are the globalist, the power elite following self. Satan minions bringing more death and destruction. Heating up the Middle East for money making war! Ppl that don't believe that the UN is evil the homework assignment is to look up what use to be agenda 21 now 2030 and read what the future plans for us are. We the unnecessary eaters. Obama destroyer and traitor to our allies. Globalist sounding the horn we must have war and chaos, anywhere, everywhere!

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  • Troy
    12/23/2016
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    I think this sort of thing is about to change.

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  • David
    12/29/2016
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    It is shocking to see that our current administration plays so well into the hands of the liberal one world thinking. Israel is the only democratic country in the Middle East and she has the right to build settlements on whatever territory along to Israel. Deal with the aggressors who are the Muslim countries first. Their intent to destroy Israel requires her to protect herself in anyway.

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