President Donald Trump on Thursday accused Israel of “an absolute disaster” for its “total failure” to meet a United Nations Security Council resolution to impose a “conditional cease-fire” and called for a “long-term peace” with the Jewish state.
Trump tweeted that Israel’s failure to meet the U.N. Security Council’s resolution was a “flagrant violation of the Security Council charter.”
Trump added that “this must stop.”
The United States and Israel had been negotiating a cease-in-fire agreement in principle for more than two years, and the sides reached a deal in December that included a two-state solution.
The cease-fence, though it’s been repeatedly broken, remains in place.
The U.S. and Israel were also in talks to establish a new, permanent, and comprehensive peace deal.
Both sides had hoped for a resolution to the conflict in the coming weeks, but neither side could reach an agreement before the U-N session ends on March 13.
Israel has said that it will accept a cease in-force deal if the United States will end its policy of “carve-outs” of settlements, and has warned that the United Nations could declare Israel a state sponsor of terrorism.
Trump said Thursday that the U,S.
would work with Israel to bring peace to the Middle East.
The White House has been criticized for the pace of progress, but Trump said he hoped to be able to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later this week.
Israel’s defense minister has repeatedly said he would like to see an Israeli cease-Fire, but it’s unclear if the Trump administration would accept a deal.
Netanyahu has repeatedly criticized the United State for its policies toward Israel and urged Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“Israel is an absolute disaster, a total disaster,” Trump said.
“They’ve never been so wrong.”
Israel, a nation of about 20 million people, annexed East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war.
It annexed the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 1981, and later annexed East Duma, which is home to about 200,000 Palestinians.
Israel also has a military presence in the Gaza strip, and in the West bank, the Golan Heights and eastern Syria.
The United Nations has designated Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The resolution passed Thursday calls for the immediate end of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gush Etzion region.
The vote came after a day of negotiations between Trump and Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu.
Trump had threatened to veto the resolution if it wasn’t approved.
The two leaders also met for lunch Friday.
The Trump administration has sought to play down the role of the United Kingdom in the negotiations, saying that they have not been discussed.
The British government also criticized the U