It was U.S. President Harry S. Truman who jumped into action when David Ben-Gurion, head of the Jewish Agency, declared the state of Israel on that May day in 1948, recognizing the fledgling nation the same day and giving stature by association, based on America’s successful defense of freedom around the globe in World War II, to the target of Arab hostilities.
And over the years, dozens of times, perhaps hundreds, the U.S. has protected Israel with vetoes of United Nations moves against the Middle East democracy, an antagonism that started to develop in the 1970s and has grown exponentially nearly every year since.
For example, the watchdog group called UNWatch reported, “The U.N.’s discrimination against Israel is not a minor infraction, nor a parochial nuisance of interest solely to those concerned with the equal rights of the Jewish people and the Jewish state. Instead, the world body’s obsession with censuring Israel at every turn directly affects all citizens of the world, for it constitutes (a) a severe violation of the equality principles guaranteed by the U.N. Charter and underlying the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and (b) a significant obstacle to the U.N.’s ability to carry out its proper mandate.”
Now, however, a U.S. president who has been described as “pouting” over conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election victory (Barack Obama has declined to call Netanyahu with congratulations), may be willing to turn the American ship around and side with the U.N. to attack Israel.
At the Foreign Policy site it was reported on Thursday that the U.S. “is edging closer toward supporting a U.N. Security Council resolution that would call for the resumption of political talks to conclude a final peace settlement, according to Western diplomats.”
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The conflict between Obama and Netanyahu dates to when Obama was elected president and his opposition to a conservative political position, like Netanyahu’s for Israel, became clear. The snubs have developed repeatedly.
Then there were reports that Obama was infuriated by Netanyahu’s acceptance of an invitation to speak to the U.S. Congress – without Netanyahu first asking Obama’s permission. The White House publicly criticized the speech before it happened and afterward. Obama said there was nothing new in it.
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Then during a hotly contested re-election campaign, Netanyahu abandoned the moderate positions he’d supported on several issues, and promised constituents there would be no partition of Israel, no creation with Israel’s land, of a Palestinian state while he leads.
That further estranged Obama, whose goals have included a legacy of foreign policy successes like a peace accord in the Middle East.
Foreign Policy also reported that because of Netanyahu’s victory, there was a new willingness on the part of the U.S. to consider U.N. action against Israel.
The report quoted an unnamed “Western diplomat” saying, “The more the new government veers to the right the more likely you will see something in New York.”
Subsequently, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said she could not rule out the U.S. supporting a U.N. resolution on Israel and Palestine. That despite the fact multiple plans for a resolution in that part of the world have been torpedoed not by Israel, which has indicated a willingness to cooperate, but by Palestinian interests, who have not.
“Ilan Goldenberg, a former member of the Obama administration’s Mideast peace team, told FP that Washington might be inclined to support a Security Council resolution backing a two-state solution as an alternative to the Palestinian effort to hold Israel accountable at the [International Criminal Court],” the report said.
At the ICC, Palestinians are accusing Israel of war crimes for the 214 conflict in Gaza, where civilians were casualties. Israel said Hamas militants took shelter in populated areas, creating the problem.
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UNWatch pointedly noted that the U.N. has been anything but fair to Israel in recent years.
“During the 61st Session of the General Assembly, the time spent by ambassadors on enacting the 22nd anti-Israel resolution of the year was time not spent on passing a single resolution on Sudan’s genocide in Darfur. … U.N. bias against Israel is overt in bodies such as the General Assembly, which each year passes some 19 resolutions against Israel and none against most other member states, including the world’s most repressive regimes.”
Federal archives suggest that’s a huge change from the launch of Israel, when America supported the creation of of the state, and Israeli forces fought off attacks from armies from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Egypt.
CNN openly described Obama’s actions as “outright hostility” and noted the impact on relations between the nations “remains to be seen.”
“But America’s historic support for Israel at the U.N., as well as any White House ambitions of brokering further Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, seem likely to be affected sooner rather than later,” the report said.
However, members of Congress said the frustration expressed by Obama, whose administration had sent funding to groups that ended up trying to undermine Netanyahu’s re-election campaign, wouldn’t affect security aid levels from the U.S. to Israel.
In fact, Arizona Sen. John McCain applauded Netanyahu’s victory, with, “Congrats to Bibi – the comeback kid!”
GOP leaders align with Israel in their concern over Obama’s negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, and The Times of Israel said an Obama administration official warned, “Bibi needs to understand that there are policy ramifications…”
Earlier Thursday, WND reported a spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party told WND his information confirms that the Obama administration is studying the possibility of supporting a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for the resumption of talks to create a Palestinian state.
Dmitry Diliani, who is also a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council, stated, “Now the United States, at the same time, yes, it has been studying its position.
“Especially at a time when Benjamin Netanyahu basically not only slapped the face of American policy by a statement rejecting a two-state solution,” he said.
“He spat on the face of the American policy. Something that I don’t think any American would allow this to happen to the greatest country in the world.”