Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Obama doesn't have to take Bibi's shit anymore

The UN Security Council meets on December 23, 2016 (UN Screenshot)
From Harry's Place:

...The big story around this resolution at the moment is that the outgoing Obama administration didn’t veto it. 

Netanyahu has spent the last eight years completely ignoring Obama’s initiatives when it comes to Israeli Palestinian peacemaking, making statements about expanding settlements when American diplomats arrive in the country, campaigning personally in Washington DC against Obama’s Iran deal and involving himself in US Presidential election campaigns against him. In the end it looks like Obama just had enough...

The thing is that Israel gets $3.5 billion a year from the USA and will continue to do so until 2026. They aren’t the enemy. This isn’t really about the United States. This is about Israel and the rest of the world. This resolution passed with 14 members of the security council voting in favour and one abstention. 

Israeli diplomatic activity couldn’t even convince a single member without a veto to vote against it. While it is nice that the Americans have had Israel’s back in the United Nations for the past eight years their veto is not (despite what Bibi may think) a God given right...

See also John Kerry’s dramatic speech attacking Israel’s settlement policy.

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