TheDC Analysis: Three takeaways from Obama admin’s willingness to support Israel condemnation at the United Nations

Last week at the United Nations Security Council, America reluctantly vetoed a resolution attacking Israeli settlement expansion as illegal and an obstacle to peace that was pushed by Arab countries. But the American veto only came after the Palestinians rejected a compromise “presidential statement” that America was willing to support which would have lambasted Israeli settlements as illegitimate.

America’s incomprehensible handling of the situation highlighted once again the Obama administration’s amateurish foreign policy. What follows are three major takeaways from the whole affair.

Takeaway No. 1: Obama showed a willingness to attack Israel at the U.N.

Many supporters of Israel were disturbed when Foreign Policy magazine reported last week that the United States had apparently informed Arab governments about its willingness to support a “compromise” Security Council “presidential statement” declaring that the Council “does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity, which is a serious obstacle to the peace process.”

This was alarming not because of the content of the statement — however misguided — but because of the forum. Having disagreements over policy with our closest and most steadfast ally in the Middle East is one thing. After all, it couldn’t be clearer that the Obama administration happens to think Israeli settlements are responsible for, well, nearly all the problems in the world. But expressing a willingness to side against Israel at one of the world’s most blatantly anti-Israel organizations is revolting.

There is a time and a place to express American disagreement with a strong ally like Israel, most especially in private, leader to leader. But just as you don’t go to a Klu Klux Klan meeting to discuss problems in the black community, America shouldn’t being joining in the Israel bashing that routinely occurs at the United Nations.

Takeaway No. 2: Kissing up to unsavory regimes while kicking friends fails again

There have been many examples of the Obama administration kicking traditional American allies with the hope of winning favor from unsavory regimes that aren’t traditional friends of the U.S. Recently, for instance, it was reported that the Obama administration provided British nuclear secrets to the Russians in order to win support for the START treaty.

But this strategy has been a miserable failure and last week’s U.N. situation once again demonstrated why. Even though the Obama administration ultimately vetoed the resolution, they alienated Israel by showing a willingness to bash them at the United Nations – something America rarely does at the disgustingly anti-Israel international body as a matter of decency and self-respect. Plus, even though the U.S vetoed the resolution, American U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice did deliver a shockingly harsh condemnation of the Jewish state at the Security Council meeting.

Rice said, in part, “Our opposition to the resolution before this Council today should therefore not be misunderstood to mean we support settlement activity. On the contrary, we reject in the strongest terms the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity. For more than four decades, Israeli settlement activity in territories occupied in 1967 has undermined Israel’s security and corroded hopes for peace and stability in the region. Continued settlement activity violates Israel’s international commitments, devastates trust between the parties, and threatens the prospects for peace.”

Nowhere in the full statement was there any mention of four decades of Arab rejectionism, belligerence and terrorism as an obstacle to peace – not to mention Arab indoctrination of Jew hatred.

At the same time, despite showing a willingness to side with the Israel’s enemies to attack Israel at the U.N. and despite delivering a harsh diatribe against Israel at the Security Council meeting, the U.S. still didn’t win any points with Arab regimes or the Arab street because it was ultimately seen as publicly vetoing the resolution.

As former George W. Bush Middle East adviser Elliot Abrams noted in a blog post entitled “How to Lose Friend and Not Influence People”: “Arab newspapers will headline the veto — assuming of course that they have space in their pages tomorrow after covering the revolts in Tunisia, Yemen, Algeria, Libya, Bahrain and Egypt — and are very unlikely to cover her [Susan Rice’s] speech.  Only Israelis and supporters of Israel in the United States will study her language, and remember it.”

Such ineptitude – and the failure to convince the Palestinians to go with the American compromise resolution – demonstrates American diplomatic weakness and the Obama administration’s utter foreign policy incompetence.

  • The Die Hard

    Shove your horse-turd toadying to the terrorist state of Israel where the sun don’t shine. I agree that President Obama should have told Israel to go to hell. But first he has to remove all the political appointees, from the Supreme Scum on down, who wh0red themselves to Israel in exchange for unlimited bribes.

    As for “kissinf up to unsavory ergimes,” I refer you reichwingnut insane idiots to your heroes, the senile bad-movie actor, the CIA traitor-in-chief, and his nose-picking cocaine-snorting son.

    • thephranc

      Why are you so dishonest?

  • JoeJ

    With this UN veto Obama should give back the Nobel Peace Prize – in his election he made promises that he world work for peace and justice in the ME – well he didn’t did he – he caved like a creampuff to Zionist pressure – his reelection came first – he is just one more selfish US politician – with more integrity then a dirty old dish rag.

    But with all that truth said — the Stockholm Crybaby lemmings (Gentile and Jewish alike) still condemn him — one can never do enough for Zionism, can one.

    These are sick times for America.

    • thephranc

      Stormfront joe the jew hater.

  • 1TrueOne55

    Well when he went to Columbia University in New York at the same time that a prominent Palestinian Activist and political friend Kahlid Rashidi. His two autobiographies also say that he was drawn to the Radical side of Middle East Politics by his desires.

    It should have been no surprise that he does this at the UN. Even his advisors harbor hatred of the Nation of Israel it should be no surprise that our Republic is being made to look like fools. The people in charge never Governed Locally let alone on the international stage. Hell Hillary would have been a better choice than this group of sand fleas.

  • independentvoter

    Well the AMERICAN people should feel closer to ISRAEL OBAMA threw us under the bus at the UN too.. When he filled out a report card and allowed countries that stone people to bad mouth us.. OBAMA has NO LOYALTY to the U.S.A .. WHY would he have any to Israel??

  • JoeJ

    Shame – for sixty years the US government has vetoed very UN condemnation of Israeli actions – the US government says that Israel has done no wrong – what a lie that is – SHAME.

    What a humiliation. America the head of Christian Western culture, once again ignores its idealism and kneels to Zionism.

    Someday the US government is going to shake off its Zionist controllers – especially in the media – that day is coming and it is not far off.

    • thephranc

      Why do you hate jews stormfront joe?

  • teapartypatriot

    one really has to wonder why American jews, who certainly are fully committed lunatic-left d-crat socialists, continue to worship the most anti-Semitic politician since the Third Reich, “You Lie!” hussein. Are they really THAT mentally warped ?

  • rusino

    The Obama Administration AKA: The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Stright!

    • thephranc

      I’m not even sure they know how to load the rounds.

  • libertyatstake

    Foreign policy advisors Abbott, Costello, Laurel, Hardy, and Marx.

    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”