Israel’s government publicly accused the Obama administration Sunday of helping create and push the recently passed United Nations resolution condemning settlement activity, with a top official telling Fox News they have “ironclad information” on the U.S. government’s involvement. You can say Obama has just bitch slapped Israel on the way out. It is obvious President Obama made the decision to obtain from voting on this UN resolution. By this move the Obama administration effectively allowed this resolution to pass. They had the veto power and did not help Israel.
“We have rather ironclad information from sources in both the Arab world and internationally that this was a deliberate push by the United States and in fact they helped create the resolution in the first place,” David Keyes, spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said on Fox News’ “America’s News HQ.”
The accusation marks a new escalation in the Netanyahu government’s response to the U.N. Security Council vote on Friday. The resolution passed thanks to a U.S. abstention, a decision Netanyahu has described as a “shameful ambush.”
The White House already has acknowledged President Obama made the decision for U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power to abstain. Unclear was how involved the Obama administration was in crafting and pushing the resolution itself – which initially was put forward by Egypt, and then pursued by New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela.
White House spokesman Eric Schultz issued a statement Sunday defending Obama’s support for Israel and stressed that the U.S. did not draft the resolution.
“The Egyptians, in partnership with the Palestinians, are the ones who began circulating an earlier draft of the resolution,” Schultz said. “The Egyptians are the ones who moved it forward on Friday. And we took the position that we did when it was put to a vote.”
It was an intense flurry of diplomacy that unfolded in the two days before the vote, a senior Israeli official has accused the Obama administration and by default, the United States of abandoning the Jewish state. Its refusal to block the resolution with a veto makes it difficult for Israel to continue to exist as it has. Trump has also inserted himself in the diplomatic drama, in defiance of the convention that the United States has only one president at a time, by calling on the Obama administration to wield its Security Council veto. The question I want to ask is where is the Jewish community today? Where are American Jews on this issue? Surely they aren’t willing to be treacherous against their own people?