With Friends Like These….

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(Image courtesy of A. F. Branco at Comically Incorrect.)

In case you missed it amongst all your holiday plans and revelry, the other day the UN Security Council passes what is basically an “anti-Israel” resolution which reads, in part:

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 imperilling the viability of the two-State solution based on the 1967 lines . . .

Essentially, the resolution wants Israel to pull back to the 1947 boundaries instead of the ones negotiated in 1967 after Israel was attacked and defended itself to the point where a negotiated peace was made.

Initially, the resolution was put forth by Egypt but they withdrew it for a day and then the resolution was passed. Voting for the resolution were for of the rotating member countries on the Security Council of New Zealand, Venezuela, Senegal, and Malaysia. Other permanent members of the Security Council voting for the resolution were China, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom.

The United States abstained from voting.

A “nay” vote from the US would have killed the resolution, but instead, the US stepped aside and decided to abstain.

The resolution does not carry the weight of law, but it can be used to condemn Israel in international tribunals and in other court cases. This is not some “who cares?” type of thing.

The resolution itself matters.

There may be a few things at work here. Obama hates Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It could be that this is a slap in the face to Israel from the lame duck Obama. The other thing could be that Trump has vowed to move the US Embassy into Jerusalem. Such a move would appear to be against this resolution. As Obama and the left couldn’t beat Trump in the election, they may be trying to tie his hands diplomatically.

Either way, to many, the abstention vote appears to solidify what many have said about Obama – that he is a gutless leader who is often petty. If Obama wanted to stand up and support the resolution, he could do so. He could actually lead and take the heat for his decision instead of cowering behind a procedural vote of “abstain.”

Yet it goes further than that.

On Sunday, the Israelis came out and stated they had “ironclad” information that the Obama administration had worked with the Palestinians to get the resolutions passed. At the same time, the US was being coy with the Israelis as to administration’s feelings on the resolution itself.

Israel spokesman David Keyes made that claim on CNN on Sunday.

Israel’s ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, made the same claim on Monday:

Israeli diplomats believe they were misled by the U.S. during a meeting last week between high-ranking Israeli and Obama administration officials in which the U.S. side offered reassurances about its efforts to support Israel but declined to explicitly state that the U.S. would veto such a resolution if it came up. The Israelis told their counterparts that “friends don’t take friends to the Security Council,” the official said.

This all sounds a little “deja vu”-ish to us.

Earlier this month, the US paused to remember Pearly Harbor Day. One of the many things that angered Americans that infamous day was that the Japanese were still preaching peace and negotiations while planning to attack the US.

While there were no bombs dropped in Israel, it can be said that while they were discussing and negotiating with the US, the US was planning on stabbing them in the back.

And doing so while hiding behind an “abstain” vote.

Such is “leadership” from Obama.

We are not of the “we need to stand by Israel no matter what” crowd. We believe that Israel will act in their own interests as do all nations and when those interests conflict with those of the US, they should be discussed and resolved. After all, Israel is the only country in the Middle East that has the same principles of democracy as the United States.

In some ways, Obama showed his (lack of) commitment to democracy as he stabbed Israel in the back.

Furthermore, he didn’t even have the courage and the guts to do it the face of Israel and instead took the gutless and chicken way out.

In short, the President of the United States lied to his friends and hid when it was time to make a stand.

That lack of leadership is all too common from this administration and will be what many will remember Obama for.

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