WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Friday voted for the first time against a United Nations resolution that condemned Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights.
While the resolution passed easily through the UN General Assembly, with 151 “yes” votes and only 2 “no” votes, the American position represented a policy shift that could also have implications for the future. The U.S. has previously abstained from voting on the move.
The only other country other than the U.S. who voted against the resolution was Israel itself. Israel has been lobbying the Trump administration and Congress to recognize its sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which were captured from Syria in the 1967 Six Day War. So far the administration has stated it is not considering such a move, but the UN vote on Friday could hint at a change on that front.