Israel did not take kindly to President Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations abstaining from a vote that censures Jewish settlements on the West Bank. Clearly the President does not understand the importance of standing by our allies.
It’s becoming more and more clear how serious the situation is to Israel. The Guardian UK reported that Prime Minister Netanyahu told New Zealand’s foreign minister that if he supported the UN resolution, it would be viewed as an “act of war.” Prior to the vote, Netanyahu reportedly told NZ foreign minister Murray McCully “This is a scandalous decision. I’m asking that you not support it and not promote it. If you continue to promote this resolution, from our point of view it will be a declaration of war. It will rupture the relations and there will be consequences. We’ll recall our ambassador to Jerusalem.”
As tensions mount between the US and Israel over the UN decision, Netanyahu also said that John Kerry’s Wednesday speech on Israel “paid lip service to the unremitting campaign of terrorism has been waged by the Palestinians against the Jewish state for nearly a century.”
On Obama’s involvement in the UN resolution, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the following according to a Fox News Report,
“As I told [Secretary of State] John Kerry on Thursday, friends don’t take friends to the Security Council.”
He calls the resolution a shameful ambush by America. Insinuating before flat out saying he believes President Obama colluded with others to make sure the resolution vote was a success. However, Obama and his administration has denied these allegations. A Netanyahu spokesman David Keyes commented on the issue where he claimed Israel has proof of this. See what he said here,
“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.”
The United States as a permanent member of the Security Council has the ability to use their veto power to dismiss any resolution for which they do not agree with. President Obama ordered US Ambassador Susan Power to abstain from the vote and not veto. Listen to the Prime Ministers spokesman here,
However, when it comes to the United Nations abstaining from a vote is the equivalent of a yes vote. The White House has officially confirmed the rule to abstain came directly from President Obama. Israeli spokespeople have stated Obama’s action is a direct target against Israel on his part. Watch ambassador Power here abstain from the vote and give a little speech on the issue.
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