Even before he was inaugurated as the President of the United States, Donald Trump was fiercely pro-Israel. In December 2016, after he was elected but not yet inaugurated, he reportedly worked with foreign governments to urge them to oppose a U.N. Security Council Resolution condemning Israel’s presence in the ancient Jewish territories of Judea and Samaria and part of Jerusalem.
As Israel National News reports, Barak Ravid of Channel 13 News examined the Mueller Report and reported that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn informed the FBI that Trump, Jared Kushner and Flynn worked together on the issue, and that Kushner supervised the effort to try to block U.N. resolution 2334. Flynn said he supervised efforts to attempt to convince Russia to delay the vote or vote against the proposal.
United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 was passed in the U.N. Security Council on December 23, 2016. Fourteen countries voted for it; the U.S. could have killed the resolution by voting against it but in one of the many anti-Israel actions of the Obama administration, the U.S. abstained.
The text of the resolution stated:
Condemning all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, including, inter alia, the construction and expansion of settlements, transfer of Israeli settlers, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and displacement of Palestinian civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions … Expressing grave concern that continuing Israeli settlement activities are dangerously imperiling the viability of the two-State solution based on the 1967 lines.
The resolution essentially stated that Judea and Samaria and part of Jerusalem do not belong to Israel: “Reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace; Reiterates its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and that it fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard.”
The resolution also implied Israel should return to the pre-1967 Six Day War lines, which would be suicidal for Israel: “Underlines that it will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations.” The text condemned Israeli villages and settlements built in Judea and Samaria: “Stresses that the cessation of all Israeli settlement activities is essential for salvaging the two-State solution, and calls for affirmative steps to be taken immediately to reverse the negative trends on the ground that are imperiling the two-State solution.”
In 2011, a resolution introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives acknowledged, “the Jewish people have had a presence in Judea and Samaria for thousands of years … That the House of Representatives firmly supports Israel’s right to annex Judea and Samaria in the event that the Palestinian Authority continues to press for unilateral recognition of Palestinian statehood at the United Nations.”
Of course, Judea and Samaria were part of Israel in Biblical times, which is one reason for Israel’s right to sovereignty there. For a comprehensive report on the legal reasons Jerusalem should be under Israeli sovereignty, read here; for one regarding Judea and Samaria, read here.