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Trump and Netanyahu use Twitter to affect Israeli-Palestinian policy
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - JUNE 08: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the press at the scene of a shooting outside Max Brenner restaurant in Sarona Market on June 8, 2016 in Tel Aviv, Israel. According to police reports, four Israelis were killed and several others wounded when two Palestinian gunmen open fire at the food and retail complex in central Tel Aviv. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Trump and Netanyahu use Twitter to affect Israeli-Palestinian policy

President-elect Donald Trump has used Twitter in the past to vent his late-night frustrations and to make pronouncements about goings on within his campaign. Now, however, he seems to be using it to influence serious policy, calling on President Obama Thursday to veto a resolution regarding Israeli-Palestinian relations up for vote at the United Nations.

After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used the social application around 3 a.m. Thursday morning to express his belief that the resolution should be vetoed, Trump followed shortly thereafter with a tweet of his own:

The resolution in question -- which has since been rescinded for vote by Egypt, who drafted it -- for an immediate halt of settlement building by Israel in the West Bank occupied Palestinian territory, and Palestinian territory in East Jerusalem. According to AOL.com, Trump's Facebook post linked to his early morning tweet was more specific.

"As the United States has long maintained, peace between the Israelis and Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations.

"This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis," he wrote.

President Obama has been critical of settlement building in the past, but has indicated he has no plans to revisit the stalled Israeli-Palestinian discussions before leaving office in January.

The Times of Israel has reported that Egypt had withdrawn the resolution for consideration as of Thursday evening.

“The delay of the vote is an important step. However, we realize that this issue is not yet resolved,” Israel’s ambassador the UN, Danny Danon, told The Times of Israel on Thursday night, as the foreign ministers of Arab League member states deliberated on how to proceed. “We are continuing our diplomatic efforts on all fronts to ensure that this disgraceful resolution will not pass the Security Council.”

The White House has offered no comment on the resolution or on Trump's tweet.

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