TVCELI has been warning legislators in Washington for months as to the potential dangers of an 11th hour stab in the back from the Obama administration.
After altering several NGOs the response was almost universal — nothing to see here.
…until something did happen.
Last week’s debacle at the United Nations was Israel’s 62nd condemnation at the hands of an organization that has failed to condemn pariah states such as North Korea, Iran, or even ISIL as many times.
After learning that the refusal to exercise the U.S. veto was intentional according to Reuters, the reaction from the American press was visceral — and nearly united in defense of Israel and shock at the actions of its outgoing president. From National Review:
As an initial matter, it is important to state that there is one — and only one — true obstacle to peace in the Middle East: the persistent failure of Israel’s enemies to accept that it has a right to exist, as a Jewish state and within defensible borders. Israel’s enemies sought to exterminate it on the very day of its declaration of independence (when there were no settlements, and the West Bank and Gaza were in Arab hands), and they seek to exterminate it still today.
Obama’s 11th hour move came at a time when many Christian families in the United States were preparing to celebrate the Christmas season, and in a not-so-ironic twist, at the very moment when millions of Jews worldwide were preparing to celebrate Hanukkah.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — who has to date held the title “Leader of the Free World” in the total absence of American leadership — was quick to hold the contrast up in stark relief:
“Whole countries in the Middle East are collapsing, terror is everywhere and for an entire hour the Secretary of State of the United States talks only about the only democracy in the Middle East, a democracy that is one of the only stable places in the entire Middle East,” Netanyahu said.
“We are now celebrating Christmas,” the Israeli PM said. “Maybe Secretary of State John Kerry didn’t see that Israel is the only place in the Middle East where Christians can celebrate Christmas in security and peace and happiness.”
Meanwhile, the Israeli press is warning of worse to come, according to the Times of Israel:
Kerry is quoted as saying that he could present his ideas for a final status solution if the Palestinians pledge they will support the proposed framework. The US officials advised the Palestinians to travel to Riyadh to present the plan to Saudi leaders.
Israel fears that Kerry, who is slated to give a speech Wednesday on the subject, will then lay out his comprehensive vision for two-state solution at a Paris peace conference planned for January. Israel has refused to attend. Israel further fears that this Kerry framework could be enshrined in another UN Security Council resolution.
What has the Israeli government so concerned? Rumors of an American-brokered but UN enforced peace deal are emerging, one that has Israels neighbors working in concert to impose an Arab “peace” on the Jewish State:
The Egyptian report fits with Israeli claims that it had received “ironclad” information from Arab sources that Washington actively helped craft last week’s UN resolution declaring Israeli settlements illegal.
“We have ironclad information that emanates from sources in the Arab world and that shows the Obama administration helped craft this resolution and pushed hard for its eventual passage,” said David Keyes, spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Israeli government has been alarmed at such reports for months. The U.S. State Department and Secretary John Kerry have adamantly denied there to be any truth to these allegations… that is, right up until the first extension of “good faith” — the condemnation of Israeli settlements in the West Bank — had mystically manifested itself to be ironclad fact.
TVCELI will be monitoring these developments over the course of the next few weeks.