In the midst of a dust storm caused by President Obama’s decision to abstain from a United Nations vote condemning Israeli settlements, top officials in Israel are accusing his administration of creating the resolution itself.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman David Keyes appeared on Fox News this week with an even stronger tone than we’ve seen thus far from the Israeli government.
“We have rather ironclad information from sources in both the Arab world and internationally that this was a deliberate push by the United States and in fact they helped create the resolution in the first place,” Keyes said.
The White House has vehemently denied any such involvement, though they have acknowledged that the decision to abstain came straight from the president.
“The Egyptians, in partnership with the Palestinians, are the ones who began circulating an earlier draft of the resolution,” the White House said in a statement Sunday. “The Egyptians are the ones who moved it forward on Friday. And we took the position that we did when it was put to a vote.”
But Netanyahu himself used language that seemed to indicate that he believed that the Obama administration took a more active role in the resolution than they are admitting. “As I told John Kerry on Thursday,” he said, “friends don’t take friends to the Security Council.”
It wouldn’t surprise us in the least if this turned out to be true. In fact, Obama has probably had this cooking in the back of his mind ever since Netanyahu appeared before Congress to argue against the Iran nuclear deal. He decided to settle the score on his way out of office like a petulant coward. Apparently the deal itself wasn’t sufficient “payback” in his mind.
Of course, this pretty much explains Obama’s abstention regardless of how much influence he had over the resolution’s creation. It’s another patented Obama Mystery that we don’t really need to solve. Whether he drafted it or barely glanced at it, he let it pass. When he directed Ambassador Powers to abstain, he might as well have signed it with his own pen.
When Trump took that call from Taiwan’s president, we heard a great deal of hysterical handwringing from the left about breaking “decades of U.S. policy.” But when Obama casually does exactly that, we’re to understand that it was all very careful and prudent and logical. Everything this president does is simply “assumed good” by our media, just as everything Trump does is simply “assumed bad.”
With this move and so many others, Obama has built a highway to disaster. And infuriatingly, they’re applauding him every step of the way.