Obama is called out for not standing with Israel against a horribly biased UN Resolution.
Right outside the White House, at the National Hanukkah Menorah ceremony, Rabbi Levi Shemtov slammed the Obama administration for abandoning the historically close relationship of the US and Israel. He equated the US failing to veto UN Resolution 2334 which condemns Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to aligning themselves with Israel’s enemies.
East Jerusalem is the site of the holiest site in Judaism, the Temple Mount. The Old City of Jerusalem includes the only existing remnant of the historic and religious site — the Western Wall. The Western Wall came under Isreali control following the Six-Days War of 1967. The 1967 borders are part of the ‘disputed territory’ that many consider a hindrance to ‘Peace in the Middle East’. Historically, however, Jerusalem is an Israeli city and is of great significance to the Jews.
The Obama administration has held the opinion that the aggressor in the Middle East is Israel and not the Arab neighbors. Remember, the ‘government’ of Palestine is partly Hamas, a recognized terrorist organization. (As with most things in the Middle East, #ItsComplicated.)
Rabbi Levi Shemtov gave a speech after Obama’s proxy, acting treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence Adam Szubin, spoke of dealing with the ‘darkness’ of terrorism by ‘drowning [it out] with light’.
The Orthodox Jewish rabbi took that speech and turned it around, transforming Obama’s actions into the ‘darkness’ that he said settlement-supporting Jews must fight, The Washington Examiner reported.
Shemtov was motivated by the UN vote held on December 23 that condemned as illegal the settlements created by Israeli citizens in the West Bank.
The UN voted 14-0 in favor of the resolution. The US allowed the measure to pass by abstaining from voting – a major shift in the US’s long-standing policy of backing Israel.
‘Secretary Szubin spoke before of fighting darkness with light,’ said Shemtov, who is also the executive vice president of Orthodox Jewish group American Friends of Lubavitch.
‘I remember those words being spoken to a particular man by the rabbi many many years ago on Simchat Torah,’ he continued, referring to the time of the year in which one reading of the Torah ends and another begins.
‘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.’
He 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.’
The resolution is an existential threat to Israel.
anti-Semitism historic shift in mid-East policy under Obama has many wondering if it was the US that initiated the controversial resolution.
On Friday Ben Rhodes, the White House’s deputy national security adviser, dismissed Trump’s objections.
‘Our position is that there is one president at a time,’ he said. ‘President Obama is the president until January 20, and we are taking this action of course as US policy.’
‘We could not in good conscience veto a resolution that expressed concerns about the very trends that are eroding the foundation for a two-state solution.’
The reverberations from Friday’s vote were still being felt in Israel on Friday, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a meeting with the ambassadors of the ten countries that voted in favor of the resolution, as well as the US ambassador.
A furious Netanyahu even accused Obama of organizing the vote itself, according to NPR.
‘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,’ he said in Hebrew.
‘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.’
The UN has historically been heavy-handed with Israel, but this has ramped up under the Obama administration. In 2015, 20 Resolutions were adopted against Israel and only 3 for the rest of the world combined. (See also the 20 Worst Things the UN Did in 2016, just for funzies.)
It is always dumbfounding to find the Left against Israel.
It is a free, secular democracy in a region that wants fanatical religious theocracies that limit freedoms.
Golda Meir, a woman, was elected in 1969 as their 4th Prime Minister after a stellar political career. Former Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion called her ‘the best man in the government’.
It is an inclusive nation surrounded by enemies along all of its borders.
You would think that Liberals would just love the ‘pluck’ of the Israelis and the values that they support.
But no, they side with… Hamas? WTF?
To paraphrase a former President, ‘Either you’re with Israel, or you’re with the terrorists.’
Does the inaction by the Obama administration actually count as action against Israel?
What do you think of Obama’s handling of the situation with the UN resolution?
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