On Tuesday, the sixth day of Chanukah, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) took a vote on an attempt to reverse the decision by U.S. President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to begin the process of moving America’s embassy from Tel Aviv to the capital of the Jewish State. As expected the President directed Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, to exercise the U.S. veto and quash the resolution.
Last year, just before the first day of Chanukah there was a different UNSC vote. On Friday afternoon December 23, the anti-Israel team of Barack Obama & John Kerry directed UN Ambassador Samantha Power to abstain when UNSC resolution 2334 came to a vote rather than veto the anti-Israel resolution in the UN Security Council. Since the abstention allowed the resolution to pass, the Obama action had the same effect as an anti-Israel UN Vote.
Not only did the Obama directed action in the anti-Israel UN vote give the Palestinians a free pass to continue to avoid negotiations, it “locked” Israel into the 1948 Armistice line declaring Judea, Samaria, and East Jerusalem occupied Palestinian land. As Security Council resolutions create international law, this meant that the Jewish State’s presence in East Jerusalem, commonly known as the “Jewish Quarter” is illegal. The absurd action ignored the fact Jews have been living in the “Jewish Quarter” since the time of King David, except for the period of 1948-1967 when Jordan kicked out the Jews and destroyed many of the Jewish holy sites in the “Jewish Quarter.”
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The Obama directed vote was not a surprise, his eight years in the White House showed him to be the most anti-Israel President of the United States since the modern state of Israel was created in 1948.
Similarly, President Trump’s veto in the UNSC and his announcement about Jerusalem earlier this month, doesn’t elicit surprise. If he continues with the type of policies shown during his first year in the White House, President Trump will be most pro-Israel president since 1948.
President Trump was in office for less than three weeks when he began to show there was a new Middle East sheriff in town. He released a statement released in February that was unusual for what it said:
“The American desire for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians has remained unchanged for 50 years. While we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal. As the President has expressed many times, he hopes to achieve peace throughout the Middle East region. The Trump administration has not taken an official position on settlement activity and looks forward to continuing discussions, including with Prime Minister Netanyahu when he visits with President Trump later this month.”
The money phrase in that statement is “we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace.”
It cannot be emphasized enough; that was the first time any U.S. President declared that the settlement communities were not an impediment to peace. Even Bush #43, who cut a deal with Ariel Sharon that he wouldn’t complain about new construction in existing communities as long as it didn’t involve new land, did not go as far as saying those communities weren’t an impediment to peace.
Obama felt so strongly settlements were an impediment to peace that he made it a bigger issue than the Palestinians did, and 2009 broke an agreement between Israel and the U.S. that allowed Israel to build in existing settlements as long as no new land was taken…