A key UN vote on Friday widely viewed as anti-Israel was passed because the United States abstained instead of vetoing it. The resolution required 9 votes and no vetoes to pass. It received 14 votes with no vetoes. Israeli officials stated that Obama and Kerry actually pushed the resolution and then abstained so that it would pass.
“It was to be expected that Israel’s greatest ally would act in accordance with the values that we share and that they would have vetoed this disgraceful resolution. I have no doubt that the new U.S. administration and the incoming UN Secretary General will usher in a new era in terms of the UN’s relationship with Israel.” Israel’s Ambassador Danny Danon.
Imposing outside influence on Israel
The resolution stated that Israel must “immediately and completely cease all settlement activity in occupied territories, including East Jerusalem” and repeated the UN’s mantra that settlements on land Israel conquered in 1967 are illegal under international law.
It opens the door to sanctions, although this preliminary resolution does not list any.
Yesterday, Egypt withdrew the resolution under pressure from Israel and Donald Trump. Today, it went through anyway, with sponsorship from 4 nations: New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal. Israel was “abandoned” by the United States, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Israeli sources felt strongly that Obama and John Kerry had actively pushed the resolution, then abstained to guarantee it would be passed. The Obama administration denied that allegation, but think about it: who has Obama supported these last 8 years? The PA. Who has he continually complained about? Israel.
The administration immediately placed the blame back on Egypt, saying that the wording of the resolution was all theirs.
Fox News reported,
“The UN Security Council resolution was put forward by four nations a day after Egypt withdrew it Thursday under pressure from Israel and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Failure by the U.S. to veto the measure was seen as a double-cross of America’s key Middle Eastern ally, and attributed directly to outgoing President Barack Obama, who has had chilly relations with Israel throughout his eight-year tenure.”
Donald Trump was not happy. He tweeted moments after the vote:
As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2016
“The U.S. administration secretly cooked up with the Palestinians an extreme anti-Israeli resolution behind Israel’s back which would be a tail-wind for terror and boycotts and effectively make the Western Wall [the Jewish holy site in the Old City of Jerusalem] occupied Palestinian territory.” Senior Israeli official
“Today’s abstention by the Obama Administration will make it harder to find a peaceful solution because it imposes outside positions on Israel without letting them negotiate directly.” Fox Contributor Ric Grenell, former spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the UN
“This is absolutely shameful. Today’s vote is a blow to peace that sets a dangerous precedent for further diplomatic efforts to isolate and demonize Israel.” House Speaker Paul Ryan
Will Trump be able to help after January 20? That will be an extremely difficult challenge, given that so many in the world of the politically correct are on the side of the Muslims and not the Israelis. But people have discounted him before…so we’ll see what happens.