In a "shameful" abstention by the U.S. in a United Nations vote, the passage of a resolution condemning Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank has gone forward. I hope my liberal Jewish friends understand what this means to Israel and our relationship with the only civilized country in the entire Middle East.
Egypt, who originally put the resolution forward, withdrew it after President-elect Donald Trump pressured Egypt's president el-Sissi, but New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal put it forward.
Fortunately, once Trump enters office, things will be different with our relationship with the UN and its 56 Islamic nation bloc.
Reaction from the GOP and Jewish leaders was swift.
"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," Israel's Ambassador Danny Danon said. "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."
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said, "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."
The Obama administration kept everyone guessing about what it was going to do with the resolution and they didn't disappoint their anti-Israel, anti-Semitic constituency.
The resolution warns that Israeli settlement expansion is "steadily eroding the two-state solution and entrenching a one-state reality," and calls on Israel to "immediately and completely cease all settlement activity in occupied territories, including East Jerusalem." It repeated the UN position that all settlements on land Israel conquered in 1967 are illegal under international law.
Israel was attacked. Israel won. To the victors go the spoils--if anyone should know that it should be the Islamic countries that have been conquering Middle East countries for centuries, just like ISIS is trying to do to them now.
A lying senior Obama official told the Jerusalem Post on Friday it was not behind the resolution, insisting that Israel's charges are baseless.
Except that they are not baseless or else the US would have vetoed the damn thing.
Even the incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) along with other senators, urged the Obama administration to veto the resolution.
"I am strongly opposed to the U.N. putting pressure on Israel through one-sided resolutions. An abstention is not good enough. The Administration must veto this resolution," he said in a statement.
Looks like the liberals got what they deserved, but unfortunately, Israel got the brunt of it . . . at least for now.
Things are going to change in a few weeks.