Still, in Hanoi and, while there is some time to gradually chew the cud, there will be no proper post for the time being. No, more just a celebration of good news from the planet as I read in the Guardian that:
“The security council adopted the landmark resolution demanding Israel halt all settlement building and expansion in the occupied territories after Barack Obama’s administration refused to veto the resolution on Friday.”
Benjamin Netanyahu has called Obama’s decision not to use the American veto “shameful” and Trump has said that when he comes to office things will be different at the UN. A reference to Washington cutting back on its funding of the United Nations in response to the vote, perhaps.
Nevertheless, the message is now loud and clear; the settlements are illegal and there is certainly some substance in chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat’s assertion that “Trump’s choice was now between “international legitimacy” or siding with “settlers and extremists.”
Of course, it might be expected that after the 20th of January the new man in the White House will blatantly flaunt international law at every turn and not only in the Middle East. That might be no bad thing and one can only hope that for the sake of the planet Washington is increasingly marginalised and ostracized. No more masks and interesting times are around the corner.