Obama Spits On Israel On His Way Out The Door
By Eric G Braun, Senior Writer, USRW
He just couldn’t go quietly and with a sense of dignity.
President Obama took one last shot at Israel, a country and ally that has been treated like a distant cousin by the Obama Whitehouse for the past eight years. On Friday, the United States, at Obama's direction, abstained from a resolution condemning the settlement expansion in Israel. Since the U.S. abstained, the resolution carried, among shock and anger from the Israelis and even among fellow Democrats.
Secretary of State John Kerry tried to rationalize the move and stated, “The United States acted with one primary objective in mind: to preserve the possibility of the two-state solution, which every U.S. administration for decades has agreed is the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Two states are the only way to ensure Israel's future as a Jewish and democratic state, living in peace and security with its neighbors, and freedom and dignity for the Palestinian people."
Kerry has a point. The Israeli and Palestinian debacle has caused many a U.S. President stress and frustration, but none of them so harshly embarrassed our Middle East ally in such a worldwide way. This move will have repercussions, and long lasting ones at that. Obama should have vetoed the measure and left it to Trump to deal with. Obama has about three weeks left and upset the world order, then again, his foreign policy has always been in shambles.
Obama’s back stabbing move is reminiscent of a spoiled child who’s not getting enough attention. Although, who could blame him? Under President Obama, Democrats have lost over 900 state legislature seats, 12 governors, 69 House seats, and 13 Senate seats. That's some legacy.
Obama didn’t just upset the Conservatives and an ally, he angered those among his own party. Republican Patriarch Senator John McCain blasted Obama and the United Nations. “Today's passage of an ill-conceived resolution on Israeli settlements marks another shameful chapter in the bizarre anti-Israel history of the United Nations,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in a statement Friday.
McCain added “The abstention of the United States has made us complicit in this outrageous attack, and marks a troubling departure from our nation's long, bipartisan history of defending our ally Israel in the United Nations.”
On the Democratic side, Incoming U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D) New York, an Obama loyalist, took issue with Obama. "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," Schumer had stated. If it surprises you that Schumer opposed the President, he’s not losing any skin in this game. Schumer is not going to hurt his relationship with his Jewish constituents in the Big Apple, especially for a President who has three weeks left.
In true fashion, Trump wasn’t having any of it. Trump stated before the vote "As the United States has long maintained, peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations. This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis."
Obama’s latest stunt is just that. He must really be bitter. For a man who is so worried about his legacy he is letting his ego get the best of him, and accordingly, going out on a low note. In the eyes of the deplorable folks, Trump is already the defacto President and Obama is a forgotten memory.
A bad one at that.
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