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President Barack Obama did not heed activists’ warning when deciding on Friday not to veto the United Nation’s (U.N.) “destructive” anti-Israel resolution that is condemning the only democracy in the Middle East for its construction of communities in the biblical regions of Judea and Samaria around Palestinian developments.
Drawing the ire of President-elect Donald Trump and other Republicans, Obama is siding with the U.N. and other pro-Palestinian nations to make it illegal for Israelis to develop housing on their own land – promised to them in Old Testament times by the God of the Bible.
Anti-Israel sentiment spreading globally
The final determination over the issue was originally slated for Thursday, but after an unexpected turn of events that rendered Egypt unable to cast its vote then, the U.N. Security Council postponed its announcement until Friday. This is when the globally community, including the United States, decided to forward pro-Palestinian policy and keep Jewish people from building on their own land.
“The resolution … essentially make[s] the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria ‘have no legal validity’ [so that it puts] pressure [on] Israel to stop building homes for Jewish families there,” CBN News reported.
The Obama administration’s anti-Israel leaning has been evident during his eight years in office and was most recently exhibited through its moving forward with a multi-billion Boeing deal to sell aircrafts to Iran that could very likely be used against the Jewish State. Obama’s Iran Deal from months back lifted sanctions against the Islamic Republic so that it was able to accrue much more cash on hand to continue and speed up its nuclear program that is reportedly building a nuclear arsenal to use against its enemies – markedly Israel.
Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry also snubbed Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu when he came to Washington, D.C., to make a speech about Iran’s nuclear program and its dangers to Israel and the West – as they all avoided meeting with the Jewish leader in the middle of the administration’s second term.
Activists on both sides of the conflict
Right up until the anti-Israel resolution was announced Friday, pro-Israel activists continued their rally of support behind the Jewish nation that is roughly the size of New Jersey. They unsuccessfully attempted to persuade Obama to assert America’s support for Israel so that the international community would clearly know that the U.S. stands resolutely behind its longstanding ally – but the president sent the opposite message.
Before Obama decided not to veto the pro-Palestinian resolution, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) issued a statement to the outgoing commander-in-chief.
“[We urge] the Obama Administration to veto the destructive resolution now being prepared for consideration by the United National Security Council," AIPAC impressed.
On the other end of the debate about the new Jewish construction, pro-Palestinian Activists maintain that the expanded settlements are working against the Muslims’ ultimate objective in the region of establishing a Palestinian state right next to Israel.
Advocates for Israel insist that a peaceful coexistence is far from the Palestinians’ goal – according to their actions – as AIPAC argues that Palestinian leaders’ refusal to come together with Israel and negotiate is the main barrier to forming a Palestinian state.
"Unfortunately, Palestinian leadership has refused to return to talks with Israel and has continued to incite violence,” AIPAC explained in a statement. “A UNSC resolution would only reward this negative strategy and undermine efforts to truly pursue a lasting peace."
And according to the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), the U.N. Security Council should concentrate on bringing the Palestinians togther to meet with the Israelis so that they would come to an agreement – rather than condemning and punishing Israel.
"This one-sided anti-Israel resolution damages the cause of peace,” ZOA contended. “The resolution was prepared by the Palestinian Authority to avoid entering into direct peace negotiations with Israel. The resolution would require uprooting 700,000 Jews from their homes, schools, farms, businesses and synagogues, which would be anti-Semitic and a humanitarian disaster."
Trump condemned the U.N.’s decision to press forward with its anti-Israel resolution and he also strongly disagreed with Obama’s decision to not support Israel by refusing to veto it – reflecting the outgoing president’s icy cold relationship with Netanyahu.
"As the United States has long maintained, peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations," Trump expressed in a Facebook post. "This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis."
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