Last week, the United Nations condemned the West Bank settlers, and by extension, Israel, without any objection from the Obama administration. The decision to not protest the vote was immediately condemned by Americans across the country, but especially by Jewish Americans, who rightly felt betrayed by their president. Rabbi Levi Shemtov especially had some harsh words for Obama this weekend, even going so far as insinuating that Obama is a terrorist.
Shemtov was speaking at the National Hanukkah Menorah lighting ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. Obama’s proxy, acting treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence Adam Szubin, gave a speech about fighting the “darkness” of terrorism by “drowning it out with light”. Shemtov spoke immediately afterwards, and wasted no time flipping Szubin’s speech around onto its head.
“Secretary Szubin spoke before of fighting darkness with light,” Shemtov began. “I remember those words being spoken to a particular man by the rabbi many years ago on Simchat Torah. The rabbi told him: ‘You are working in a place where there is great grief and darkness, but remember that in that place of darkness, you can only counter it by lighting a candle. By creating light.’”
“That man was Benjamin Netanyahu, and he was at the time the ambassador to the United Nations,” Shemtov continued. “So as I know that some of us are so sad at what happened there with regard to Israel, we must remember that the way to counter any darkness, any disappointment is not with harsh rhetoric, not with anger, but when we create light, the darkness dissipates.”
Like Shemtov, Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Barack Obama for orchestrating the vote against Israel by the United Nations. “From the information that we have, we have no doubt that the Obama administration initiated it, stood behind it, coordinated on the wording and demanded that it be passed,” Netanyahu said. “Over decades, American administrations and Israeli governments had disagreed about settlements, but we agreed that the Security Council was not the place to resolve this issue. We knew that going there would make negotiations harder and drive peace further away. And, as I told John Kerry on Thursday, friends don’t take friends to the Security Council. I’m encouraged by the statements of our friends in the United States, Republicans and Democrats alike. They understand how reckless and destructive this UN resolution was, they understand that the Western Wall isn’t occupied territory.”