On Friday of last week, the Obama administration decided not to veto a UN Security Council resolution harshly criticizing Israel and calling its settlement activity illegal. The decision not to veto was cowardly, hypocritical, wrong, and yet, thankfully, ultimately ineffectual.
The US ALWAYS vetoes the UN’s condemnations of Israel, because the UN disproportionately targets the nation. In 2016, the U.N. general assembly passed 5 times more resolutions against Israel than against North Korea, Syria, Russia, Iran, and the rest of world combined.
The Obama administration’s lame duck actions at the U.N. may have in fact sabotaged the prospects for Mid East peace going forward, paying little attention to actual human rights violators, like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other Islamic nations that operate under Sharia Law. On the bright side of this all, even Congressional Democrats are pushing back on Obama and John Kerry for the recent embarrassment at the UN. As Western Journalism reported:
The United States abstained in Friday’s vote. However, under Security Council rules, the U.S. could have vetoed the resolution, which would have blocked it.
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., voiced his outrage and said it was “extremely frustrating, disappointing and confounding that the Administration has failed to veto this resolution.”
“Whatever one’s views are on settlements, the UN is the wrong forum to settle these issues. The UN has been a fervently anti-Israel body since the days of ‘Zionism is racism’ and, unfortunately, that fervor has never diminished,” Schumer said in a statement.
“Knowing this, past Administrations – both Democrat and Republican – have protected Israel from the vagaries of this biased institution. Unfortunately, this Administration has not followed in that path and its actions will move us further from peace in the Middle East,” said Schumer, who is a strong supporter of Israel and who also criticized the Obama administration’s Iranian nuclear deal as a threat to Israel.
Schumer was not alone in his attack on the Obama administration.
“I urge the Obama administration to veto the United Nations resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building,” said Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said he was “dismayed that the Administration departed from decades of U.S. policy by not vetoing the UN resolution regarding Israeli settlements.”
Democrats waited until Barack Obama had one month left in office before they began to finally criticize him, but at least we know how they really feel.