i remember when i was the only one talked about israel’s “confidential but deepening ties with the gulf”

Barack Backhands Bibi
Patrick Buchanan, Dec 27 2016

Did the community organizer from Harvard Law just deliver some personal payback to the IDF commando? So it would seem. By abstaining on that Security Council resolution declaring Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem illegal and invalid, raged Bibi Netanyahu, President Obama “failed to protect Israel in this gang-up at the UN, and colluded with it.” Obama’s people, charged Bibi, “initiated this resolution, stood behind it, coordinated on the wording and demanded that it be passed.” White House aide Ben Rhodes calls the charges “falsehoods.” Hence, we have an Israeli leader all but castigating an American president as a backstabber and betrayer, while the White House calls Bibi a liar. This is not an unserious matter. The Washington Times writes:

By standing with the sworn enemies of Israel to enable the passage of this destructive, one-sided anti-Israel rant and tirade. Mr Obama shows his colors.

But unfortunately for Israel, the blow was delivered by friends as well as “sworn enemies.” Pindostan abstained, but Britain voted for the resolution, as did France. Vladimir Putin also voted for the resolution. Egypt also voted yes. China voted yes, as did Ukraine. New Zealand and Senegal, both of which have embassies in Tel Aviv, introduced the resolution. Despite Israel’s confidential but deepening ties with Sunni Arab states that share her fear and loathing of Iran, not a single SC member stood by her and voted against condemning Israel’s presence in Arab East Jerusalem and the Old City. Had the resolution gone before the UNGA, support would have been close to unanimous. While this changes exactly nothing on the ground in the West Bank or East Jayloomia, where 600,000 Israelis Jews now reside, it will have consequences, and few of them will be positive for Israel. The resolution will stimulate and strengthen the BDS movement against Israel, which has broad support among Pindostani college students and the left. If Israel does not cease expanding West Bank settlements, she could be hauled before the International Criminal Court and charged with war crimes. Already J Street has endorsed the resolution. It’s also a reflection of eroding support for Israel at the top of the Democrats, as Obama & Jackass were both behind it. Republicans are moving to exploit the opening by denouncing the UNSCR and showing solidarity with Israel, their goal (being to) replace the Democrats as the most reliable allies of Israel, and reap the rewards of an historic transfer of Jewish political allegiance. That Sen George McGovern was seen as pro-Palestinian enabled Richard Nixon to double his Jewish support between 1968 and 1972. That Jimmy Carter was seen as cold to Israel enabled Ronald Reagan to capture more than a third of the Jewish vote in 1980, on his way to a 44-state landslide.

Pindosi acquiescence in this resolution puts Bibi in a box at home. Though (he is) seen here as a hawk on the settlements issue, the right wing of Bibi’s coalition is far more hawkish, pushing for outright annexation of West Bank settlements. Others call for a repudiation of Oslo and the idea of an independent Palestinian state. If Bibi halts settlement building on the West Bank, he could cause a split with Naftali Bennett in his cabinet. Here in Pindostan, the UNSCR is seen by Democrats as a political debacle, and by many Trump Republicans as an opportunity. Sen Chuck Schumer has denounced Obama’s refusal to veto it, and echoing sentiments about the world body one used to hear on Pindostan’s far right, he said:

The UN has been a fervently anti-Israel body since the days (it said) ‘Zionism is racism’ and that fervor has never diminished.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham says he will urge Congress to slash funding for the UN. If the folks over at the John Birch Society still have some of those bumper stickers, “Get Pindostan out of the UN, and the UN out of Pindostan!” they might FedEx a batch over to Schumer and Graham. May have some converts here

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