U.S. ambassador vetoes UN resolution on Israeli settlements — then scolds Israel

posted at 7:19 pm on February 18, 2011 by Allahpundit

Remember, Obama actually offered to sign onto this if the Palestinian Authority agreed to downgrade the measure from a formal resolution to a nonbinding “statement.” In the fine quasi-national tradition of never failing to miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity, Mahmoud Abbas refused. So the Security Council took up the resolution and The One’s hand was forced: 14-1, with even the British rising to speak in support of the resolution after the U.S. had cast its veto.

But don’t you fret, Israel critics. There was plenty of sugar for you from Susan Rice after the roll was taken. Think of this as the next best thing to voting “present”:

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…

It is the Israelis’ and Palestinians’ conflict, and even the best-intentioned outsiders cannot resolve it for them. Therefore every potential action must be measured against one overriding standard: will it move the parties closer to negotiations and an agreement? Unfortunately, this draft resolution risks hardening the positions of both sides. It could encourage the parties to stay out of negotiations and, if and when they did resume, to return to the Security Council whenever they reach an impasse…

While we agree with our fellow Council members—and indeed, with the wider world—about the folly and illegitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity, we think it unwise for this Council to attempt to resolve the core issues that divide Israelis and Palestinians. We therefore regrettably have opposed this draft resolution.

I’m amazed that Abbas didn’t accept Obama’s compromise. Surely a unanimously approved statement is worth more than a vetoed resolution, especially at a moment when U.S. fear of Arab populism has us willing to pander to anti-Israeli sentiment. Remember too that Abbas was a Mubarak ally because he fears the threat to his own power from Islamists like Hamas; under those circumstances, you’d think he’d be eager to win a PR victory by swinging Obama over to his side on the settlements. I guess, thanks to Rice’s statement, he got the next best thing. Over at Commentary, Omri Ceren wonders if the point of her mini-tirade wasn’t to make sure we alienated everyone in the region today. Answer: Yep, that’s the practical effect. She’s trying to please everyone in the region, but in practice she’ll please no one, much as Obama’s endless “orderly transition” stance did him basically no favors in Egypt. In the new Middle East, the name of the game is scrupulous neutrality!

And speaking of Egypt and the new Middle East, a few highlights from today’s news wires: Sunni fanatic Yusuf al-Qaradawi did indeed preach to a massive crowd in Tahrir Square (stressing unity and ecumenicism for the time being, natch); the Egyptian military has apparently okayed passage for two Iranian ships through the Suez Canal, a none-too-veiled message to Israel about new regional realities; divisions are emerging among the young, more liberal vanguard of the protest movement, creating even more space for the Muslim Brotherhood; and Egyptians themselves are wondering how they’ll ever build a vibrant economy given the threat that could pose to the military’s many industrial rackets. Mort Zuckerman surveys the scene and wonders if, in time, Egypt won’t end up as America’s greatest enemy in the Middle East. Rice’s pandering today and the White House’s continued push for a final peace deal between Israel and Palestine are both efforts to make sure that doesn’t happen, on the theory that once the Palestinians are happy, a lot of the anti-western air will go out of the Islamist balloon. Read this smart piece by Brendan O’Neill from a few days ago, though, reflecting on the fact that the Palestinian issue was missing at the Egyptian protests. The extent to which the new Arab populism will be affected by events in Gaza and the West Bank is unclear: Maybe Egyptians will care a lot about an Israel/Palestine peace treaty or maybe they’ll re-embrace Nasser-esque nationalism and go on hating Israel for entirely different reasons. Maybe a peace deal will cripple the Muslim Brotherhood and its anti-Zionist agitation at the polls, or maybe they’ll call the Palestinian negotiators who sign the treaty traitors to Islam and demand a unified Arab invasion to reclaim the stolen land of Palestine. That’s not to minimize the effect of a peace agreement — it can only help — but it is to say that ending the settlements and signing a treaty will never be a panacea for this conflict. Ask Anwar Sadat about that.

Update: And as a perfect illustration of my point, here’s a snippet of Qaradawi’s “sermon” today in Cairo. Think he’ll start praying for something else when Israel and the Palestinians finally make peace?

In a special mention of the Palestinian issue, Al-Qaradhawi asked the Egyptian army to open wide the Rafah crossing and to pray for the re-conquest of Jerusalem by the Muslims, so that he and the Muslims could pray in security at Al-Aqsa Mosque. This part of his sermon was cheered and applauded by the crowd.[3]

He also said that he wants to give the Friday prayer sermon at Al-Aqsa mosque.[4]


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heard her say those words on special report…

for the nth time in my adult life, i’m ashamed of this president and his administration….

cmsinaz on February 18, 2011 at 7:22 PM

OMG! THIS IS INCREDIBLY SHOCKI…..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Bishop on February 18, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Hey, Jews, you catchin’ this sh*t?

I hate Rice almost as much as I hate Obama.

BuckeyeSam on February 18, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Stupid power.

Key West Reader on February 18, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Susan Rice is a little fascist. She would personally relight the furnaces, and dance a jig after.

slickwillie2001 on February 18, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Hey, Jews, you catchin’ this sh*t?

Yet they keep voting Dim. Battered spouse thing, I guess.

Dingbat63 on February 18, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Stupid power driving a turbo charged short bus into oblivion.

There’s your hopenchange.

Key West Reader on February 18, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Someone once said the U.S. is a weak enemy and an untrustworthy ally. I never believed it till Scooter was elected.

a capella on February 18, 2011 at 7:28 PM

for the nth time in my adult life, i’m ashamed of this president and his administration….

cmsinaz on February 18, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Really? I’ve only been ashamed once.*
(*of course, it’s lasted more than two years, and it’s still ongoing.)

john1schn on February 18, 2011 at 7:28 PM

wonders if the point of her mini-tirade wasn’t to make sure we alienated everyone in the region today. Answer: Yep, that’s the practical effect. She’s trying to please everyone in the region, but in practice she’ll please no one.

How to turn a situation into a lose lose.

antisocial on February 18, 2011 at 7:29 PM

In less than two years,Obama has lost the Middle East!

What was in place for decades,by the American Administration,is being totally destroyed,and
dare I say,by design!!

I don`t want to hear about how awesome Liberals are
on National Security or Foreign Policy!

Btw,when Yesser Arafat was in the Rose Garden,awaiting
Bill Clinton on Middle East Peace Talks,

Bill was being Oil Changed and serviced by Monica The
Mechanic,while Arafat sat,for over a half hour twiddling
his thumbs!!

canopfor on February 18, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Yet they keep voting Dim. Battered spouse thing, I guess.

Dingbat63 on February 18, 2011 at 7:27 PM

I don’t understand, I try to at least comprehend why they can still have optimism about Obama, but it eludes me completely.

clnurnberg on February 18, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Are there any of our allies that Obama hasn’t thrown under the bus yet?? Bueller?? Bueller??

MikeknaJ on February 18, 2011 at 7:37 PM

On the contrary, we reject in the strongest terms the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity Obama as President.

Emperor Norton on February 18, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Jewish democrats are the same as black democrats– either incredibly self-loathing or incredibly oblivious. Or some combination thereof.

RachDubya on February 18, 2011 at 7:39 PM

The title of the speech was How to Shaft a Friend.

kingsjester on February 18, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Very unhappy about this, regardless.

BobH on February 18, 2011 at 7:39 PM

As in Iran Al-Qaradhawi cometh.

The left are clueless to what really happened in Egypt.

Schadenfreude on February 18, 2011 at 7:44 PM

While we agree with our fellow Council members—and indeed, with the wider world—about the folly and illegitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity the Osama Obama regime

Fixed it for ya, Suze.

Do we wait until Israel is a radioactive wasteland, our economy is in total ruin and our Muzzie masters are in full control here before opening impeachment proceedings against the anti-American, antisemitic Traitor-in-Chief?

MrScribbler on February 18, 2011 at 7:45 PM

So the world loves Obama eh? He’s so great, that his interference, stupidity in world affairs, and his narcissim are going to eventually bring us to World War 3. And the world loves him.

I guess they’re gluttons for punishment…or even death, if it comes to that.

capejasmine on February 18, 2011 at 7:47 PM

F*ck the UN and very single person that has anything to do with that American hating organization. We will defund the UN as soon as we get finished with the union riots that are going to take place over the next few months.

Keemo on February 18, 2011 at 7:47 PM

OH My Gawd,DejaVu!
**********************

Abbas seeks US backing in UN settlement condemnation
Dec 31 2010
===========

Abbas says the Palestinian draft used the “same words” as US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has in criticizing settlements, and he “doesn’t see why” the US would veto the move.

http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=201683

canopfor on February 18, 2011 at 7:50 PM

I was hoping for news today of U.N. funds being cut off.

SouthernGent on February 18, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Yet they keep voting Dim. Battered spouse thing, I guess.

Dingbat63 on February 18, 2011 at 7:27 PM

-
Most American Jews don’t make the critical connection… that they are despised just for being. They have forgotten… So much for never
-

RalphyBoy on February 18, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Do they really eff chickens in the UN?

I always heard that they did. That’s chicken abuse. Where are the signs?

Key West Reader on February 18, 2011 at 7:54 PM

RalphyBoy on February 18, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Your Christians are still here with you.

Key West Reader on February 18, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Jews vote Democratic because they mostly live in or near major urban centers which always vote Democratic.

Emperor Norton on February 18, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Poor Al-Qaradhawi, he is religious and the Brotherhood are secular. No traction there.

BL@KBIRD on February 18, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Let’s remember what these settlements are, houses and apartment buildings. That’s it. A few thousand houses and apartments. Some small suburbs in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Yeah, that’s what’s preventing peace in the middle east.
Idiots.

lowandslow on February 18, 2011 at 8:01 PM

john1schn on February 18, 2011 at 7:28 PM

tru dat

cmsinaz on February 18, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Is it uncivil of me to say that I loathe this administration?

Cindy Munford on February 18, 2011 at 8:02 PM

so that he and the Muslims could pray in security at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Why don’t the Israelies just buldoze that damn thing and build their temple. It’s not like they are making any friends by keeping it there.

dentalque on February 18, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Hey, Jews, you catchin’ this sh*t?

Yet they keep voting Dim. Battered spouse thing, I guess.

Dingbat63 on February 18, 2011 at 7:27 PM

I guess. They’ll keep voting lockstep with the Dems too.

darclon on February 18, 2011 at 8:14 PM

the only reason obama vetoed this is for his re election campaign

georgealbert on February 18, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Is it uncivil of me to say that I loathe this administration?

Cindy Munford on February 18, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Cindy Munford:NO:)

canopfor on February 18, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Could it be rice is helen thomas’ daughter? Bibi and Israel, I pray for you daily, even if my country has this gosh horrible bho and team.
L

letget on February 18, 2011 at 8:23 PM

John Bolton: Help make Obama a one term President!
(Video-CPAC 2011)
**************************************************
Posted by The Right Scoop on Feb 12, 2011

Worrying about a REAL democracy in Israel is more important than a hypothetical democracy in Egypt!

We do not accept an America president that is weak, indecisive and apologetic about our country!
——————————————–

http://www.therightscoop.com/john-bolton-help-make-obama-a-one-term-president

canopfor on February 18, 2011 at 8:26 PM

What a bitter but non-surprising event. To those of you who have taken this opportunity to disparage American Jews, however, please keep in mind that it isn’t a monolithic group, and some DID vote for McCain, reasoning that they would even vote for a basset hound before voting for a lying sack of empty-suit Leftist.

That said, I know that far too many “Jews” DID vote in this momzer, and it won’t be just Israel that pays the price for this appalling stupidity, cowardice, and perfidy.

May G-d provide us all with strength and wisdom to address the current temporary weakness and failure of the US govt. May America soon find decent moral leadership again, ASAP.

Baruch HaShem!

MogenDavid on February 18, 2011 at 8:28 PM

This administration will bring wrath on this country. Trying to walk the tightrope to appease the Muslims but whipping up on Israel. God will not tolerate it. We’ve been blessed because we have helped Israel. The settlements go further back than the USA or Islam. God gave it all to Abraham & his son Isaac, not Ishmael. Herein is the rub.

wepeople on February 18, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Rice has shown herself to be a rabid anti-Semite and no friend of Israel… the perfect messenger from a president who doesn’t know friend from foe and who couldn’t give a crap about Israel (or any of our other allies).

redfoxbluestate on February 18, 2011 at 8:32 PM

I have no doubt that there is a special place in Hell for this crew…

CCRWM on February 18, 2011 at 8:36 PM

The Obama Doctrine: Operation Doublespeak.

Schmucks, one and all, from Barry to Rice to Clinton.

profitsbeard on February 18, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Will there still be a world when Nov 2012 gets here?

publiuspen on February 18, 2011 at 8:39 PM

This isn’t even voting present. It is voting with the Muslims without the guts to actually do it. He is portraying weakness in every possible way to that part of the world and we are going to pay for it.

Cindy Munford on February 18, 2011 at 8:41 PM

we reject in the strongest terms the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity.

So did Sennacharib, Hitler, Xerxes, Alexander the Great, Nero, Caliphs by the score, Assad, Nasser, Saddam Hussein, and on and on…..History is littered with those that opposed the Jews.

If the Saudi royal Family didn’t own our leaders in D.C. and have them choke off our own production here at home we could tell the Arab nations to go pound their plentiful sand but instead of energy independence….. we get Presidential Libraries and Muslim Societies and Terror cell groups across America (and high gas prices).

Speaking of high gas prices….Just tonight when I filled up I sent about $20 over to the Middle East to help fund terror supporting Muslims that one day may kill my children or grandchilden in War. Thank you “leaders” in D.C.

…..AND….Thank you Wrecking ball for working your magic on the Middle East (and thanks for the Caliphate). Will you be head of it?

PappyD61 on February 18, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Can the next real President of the United States please pull the USA out of the UN and send those mofos packing please!

CCRWM on February 18, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Last time I checked this is one of those social issues the bible talked about.

maynila on February 18, 2011 at 8:48 PM

I find it somewhat amusing that while Obama does not wish to comment on the wisdom of building the GZ Mosque, he does not hesitate to comment on the wisdom of building homes in Israel.

kringeesmom on February 18, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Where do they find these little snobs to pass for EU trash?

Hening on February 18, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Hey, Jews, you catchin’ this sh*t?

I hate Rice almost as much as I hate Obama.

BuckeyeSam on February 18, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Most American Jews don’t care…or won’t speak up or vote any differently. They are either Democrats first or have learned to keep their mouths shut around their leftist friends.

Asher on February 18, 2011 at 9:31 PM

We have the wrong Dr. Rice at the UN. Condi could run the NFL and defend our interests at the UN simultaneously and do a better job at both than the current occupants.

Ordinary1 on February 18, 2011 at 9:55 PM

I pray that Israel realize that the United States still stand behind her even if our leadership doesn’t. Hopefully we will have our leadership in sync with the rest of the US two years from now.

mizflame98 on February 18, 2011 at 10:25 PM

…And American Jews will still vote 85% for Democrats and Obama.

mojojojo on February 19, 2011 at 1:34 AM

…And American Jews will still vote 85% for Democrats and Obama.

mojojojo on February 19, 2011 at 1:34 AM

Why do you think that is.

lexhamfox on February 19, 2011 at 5:29 AM

What a bitter but non-surprising event. To those of you who have taken this opportunity to disparage American Jews, however, please keep in mind that it isn’t a monolithic group, and some DID vote for McCain, reasoning that they would even vote for a basset hound before voting for a lying sack of empty-suit Leftist.

That said, I know that far too many “Jews” DID vote in this momzer, and it won’t be just Israel that pays the price for this appalling stupidity, cowardice, and perfidy.

May G-d provide us all with strength and wisdom to address the current temporary weakness and failure of the US govt. May America soon find decent moral leadership again, ASAP.

Baruch HaShem!

MogenDavid on February 18, 2011 at 8:28 PM

This is exactly right.

jaschenb74 on February 19, 2011 at 6:50 AM

the folly and illegitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity

Obviously they are using CRA loans.

J_Crater on February 19, 2011 at 7:37 AM

My low expectations of this administration, keeps getting lower…The Limbo administration…

right2bright on February 19, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Shameful. Simply shameful.

Even worse than insulting conduct towards the UK.
Even worse than apologizing to the world for American history.
Even worse than the betrayal of Honduras.
Even worse than the betrayal of Eastern European nations on the nuke deal with Russia.
Even worse than ignoring the Iranian protesters.
Even worse than the incompetent bungling of the Egyptian revolt.
Even worse than all of the previous betrayals of Israel by this WH.

MJBrutus on February 19, 2011 at 8:18 AM

Susan Rice is such a Marxist idealogue, if it had been her that was raped by 200 egyptians for half an hour, she would be saying it was the best sex she ever had in order to screw over Israel. I love when this administration and its acolytes use the race card. This is the most racist regime to ever occupy the White House, and that includes Andrew Jackson.

adamsmith on February 19, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Truly shameful conduct by the US on Friday. Like the West selling out Czechoslovakia to Nazi Germany for peace in our time. Well Schumer and all your libtard Jewish hordes, where were you when this was going down? You are a disgrace. You supported this antisemitic administration and now you have this blood libel on your hands. And the 80 percent of Jews who voted for Obama as well. You are self haters and will be the cause of a new Holocaust if you got your way. To the 20 percent of American Jews who truly support Israel and are trying to rally against the anti Israel anti semitic policies of this islamist Administration, my prayers are with you. Even Carter would not have gone this far in his Presidency.

eaglewingz08 on February 19, 2011 at 10:34 AM

What a bitter but non-surprising event. To those of you who have taken this opportunity to disparage American Jews, however, please keep in mind that it isn’t a monolithic group, and some DID vote for McCain, reasoning that they would even vote for a basset hound before voting for a lying sack of empty-suit Leftist.

That said, I know that far too many “Jews” DID vote in this momzer, and it won’t be just Israel that pays the price for this appalling stupidity, cowardice, and perfidy.

MogenDavid on February 18, 2011 at 8:28 PM

As a NYC Jew, who basically won’t go to many shuls, classes, events, even the JCC anymore because of this crap, just want to say “ditto.” I campaigned for McCain and I know a few Jews who agree with us, we are all disgusted by the behavior and stupidity of our fellow Jews.

A lot of it in 2008 was Palin. More Jews were ready to vote for McCain, but hate and fear Palin, project all their fear of “rightwing Christians” onto her. I love her and I know some Jews who do also, but among US Jews the PDS is huge.

YehuditTX on February 19, 2011 at 12:55 PM

I’m sick of muslim settlements in America!

And Europe

and Australia

and South America

it’s more of a threat that a resistant measles strain

Sonosam on February 20, 2011 at 12:27 PM

A lot of it in 2008 was Palin. More Jews were ready to vote for McCain, but hate and fear Palin, project all their fear of “rightwing Christians” onto her. I love her and I know some Jews who do also, but among US Jews the PDS is huge.
YehuditTX on February 19, 2011 at 12:55 PM

more like jealosy

yep, for a smart people they sure don’t vote like it

Hell, they most often support the party that makes a home for the worst dangers to them

uneffing believable, yet they are concerned about Christians who really are the only reason that they aren’t only mentioned in history

Sonosam on February 20, 2011 at 12:31 PM