A fi­nal in­sult to Is­rael

Obama en­abled the U.N,’s re­buke of a faith­ful Amer­i­can ally

The Washington Times Daily - - COMMENTARY -

Pres­i­dent Obama con­tin­ues his long march to the rear, where he imag­ines lead­er­ship should re­side, and last week en­abled the worst el­e­ments of the United Na­tions to con­demn Is­rael once more for its set­tle­ments on the West Bank.

A suc­ces­sion of Amer­i­can ad­min­is­tra­tions, both Demo­cratic and Repub­li­can, have pre­vented such one-sided res­o­lu­tions from get­ting through the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil. But by ab­stain­ing from ei­ther vote or veto, the United States en­abled the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to adopt the res­o­lu­tion by a 14 to 0 vote.

Repub­li­can out­rage was joined for once by lead­ing Democrats. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s out­rage was typ­i­cal. He called the ab­sten­tion by the United States “ab­so­lutely shame­ful.” The vote, he said, “is a blow to peace that sets a dan­ger­ous prece­dent for fur­ther diplo­matic ef­forts to iso­late and de­mo­nize Is­rael. Our uni­fied Repub­li­can government will work to re­verse the dam­age done by this ad­min­is­tra­tion, and re­build our al­liance with Is­rael.”

Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, who will be the Se­nate’s Demo­cratic leader in the new Congress, was no less out­raged. He found it “ex­tremely frus­trat­ing, dis­ap­point­ing and con­found­ing that the [Obama] ad­min­is­tra­tion has failed to veto this res­o­lu­tion. What­ever one’s views are on set­tle­ments, the United Na­tions is the wrong fo­rum to set­tle those is­sues. The U.N. has been a fer­vently anti-Is­rael body since the days [it said] ‘Zion­ism is racism,’ and that fer­vor has never di­min­ished.

“Know­ing this, past ad­min­is­tra­tions — both Demo­crat and Repub­li­can — have pro­tected Is­rael from the va­garies of this bi­ased in­sti­tu­tion. Un­for­tu­nately, [the Obama] ad­min­is­tra­tion has not fol­lowed that path and its ac­tions will move us fur­ther from peace in the Mid­dle East.”

The man who will get the last word, be­gin­ning in just over three weeks’ time, in­evitably tweeted what was on his mind, and what was on his mind was clear and rel­e­vant: “As to the U.N.,” quoth Don­ald Trump, “things will be dif­fer­ent af­ter Jan. 20th.”

Pres­i­dent Obama, per­haps in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the day soon to ar­rive when he will no longer feel any con­straints on speak­ing his mind, is re­veal­ing in the last days of his ad­min­is­tra­tion what he ac­tu­ally thinks, and has thought, about a lot of things. The pres­i­dent who went to the Mid­dle East in the first days of his pres­i­dency to apol­o­gize for what he imag­ines was Amer­ica’s abuse of the Is­lamic world, fin­ishes his eight years in the White House to say clearly that he doesn’t think very much of one of Amer­ica’s most faith­ful friends. In this he clearly does not speak for Amer­ica.

By stand­ing with the sworn en­e­mies of Is­rael to en­able the pas­sage of this de­struc­tive, onesided, anti-Is­rael rant and tirade — sen­ti­ments that the United States had re­sisted for decades — Mr. Obama shows his col­ors: He just doesn’t like the Is­raelis very much. He has shown this by word, deed, ges­ture and in­flec­tion in a hun­dred ways on dozens of oc­ca­sions, and now that he is about to be­come a pri­vate ci­ti­zen bereft of the pres­i­den­tial mega­phone, he is ea­ger to show his true feel­ings one last time. Sad, as be­tray­als al­ways are.

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