Obama’s lat­est Is­rael be­trayal

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

Pres­i­dent Obama’s col­lu­sion in the pas­sage of U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tion 2334, os­ten­si­bly an anti-set­tle­ment mea­sure, was a shame­ful be­trayal of our ally Is­rael (“U.S. re­bukes Is­rael and al­lows U.N. con­dem­na­tion of set­tle­ments,” Web, Dec. 23).

The res­o­lu­tion didn’t just crit­i­cize set­tle­ments east of the se­cu­rity bar­rier. It also de­clared Is­rael’s claim to the Western Wall in Jerusalem (the holi­est place where Jews may pray) and the re­turn of Jews to the Jewish Quar­ter of the Old City of Jerusalem (which Arab League forces eth­ni­cally cleansed of all Jews in 1948) to be “in vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian law,” have “no le­gal va­lid­ity” and con­sti­tute “a fla­grant vi­o­la­tion un­der in­ter­na­tional law.” This is un­con­scionable.

More­over, the United Na­tions — the “lead­ing global pur­veyor of an­ti­Semitism,” ac­cord­ing to hu­man rights scholar Anne Bayef­sky — is too big­oted a fo­rum for this is­sue. The U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil has pre­vi­ously con­demned Is­rael for such “crimes” as cap­tur­ing Nazi war crim­i­nal and Holo­caust plan­ner Adolf Eich­mann (UNSC Res­o­lu­tion 138 in 1960), hold­ing an In­de­pen­dence Day pa­rade in Jerusalem (250 in 1968), neu­tral­iz­ing Iraq’s Osirak nu­clear re­ac­tor that Sad­dam Hus­sein had vowed to use to de­stroy Is­rael (487 in 1981), and open­ing the en­trance to an ar­chae­o­log­i­cal tun­nel along­side the Western Wall (1073 in 1996).

By con­trast, the United Na­tions re­fused to con­demn Arab states at­tack­ing and try­ing to an­ni­hi­late Is­rael in the 1948, 1967 and 1973 wars, re­fused to con­demn the 1972 Mu­nich Olympics mas­sacre or the 1976 ab­duc­tion of 106 Is­raelis that led to the En­tebbe res­cue raid. It was silent when Pales­tinian ter­ror­ists mas­sa­cred 21 young Is­raelis in a Tel Aviv disco, 15 at a Jerusalem pizze­ria, 30 at a Passover seder, and hun­dreds more over the course of the sec­ond in­tifada, in­clud­ing chil­dren like Danielle Shefi, age 5, and Noam and Matan Ohayon, 4 and 5, in their bed­rooms.

Mr. Obama has now added a new out­rage to this his­tory.

STEPHEN A. SIL­VER San Fran­cisco

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