With the Paris Peace Conference coming up as the last weeks of President Barack Obama’s second term come to a close, the Jewish State is greatly concerned that the United States will repeat its anti-Israel foreign policy – in the wake of the commander-in-chief’s refusal to veto the United Nation’s latest pro-Palestinian resolution.
Shortly after the outgoing U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon admitted that his global agency relentlessly pursued its anti-Israel trend over the decades, it issued a resolution that banned the only democracy in the Middle East from building Jewish settlements on its own land in the West Bank and east Jerusalem – areas that the God of the Bible clearly designated as Israel’s millennia ago.
“For thousands of years, Jews have prayed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem,” CBN News reported. “It was part of the outside retaining wall of the second Jewish Temple during the time of Jesus. Now, according to the United Nations Security Council, it's occupied Palestinian territory.”
Not over yet …
With Obama’s eight-year track record of pro-Palestinian sentiment and continued opposition to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, one last blow against Israel is anticipated before he hands over the keys of the White House to now President-elect Donald Trump.
“Many in Israel and the U.S. are waiting to see what other surprises President Obama has in store during his last weeks in office, following the U.S. failure to block the UNSC resolution condemning Israeli settlements,” CBN News’ Chris Mitchell and Julie Stahl reported out of their Jerusalem Bureau.
By not vetoing the U.N. Security Council’s recent anti-Israel resolution that was announced right before Christmas, the U.S. abandoned its longstanding foreign policy of supporting its loyal Middle Eastern ally.
"This resolution will go down as another shameful resolution, but it will be thrown into the dustbin of history," Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett told CBN News, referring to UNSC Resolution 2334 – which essentially condemned Jewish settlements erected in biblical Judea and Samaria. "It is unfortunate to see someone who claims to be a friend – this administration – basically abandon us in such a profound way."
True to his past anti-Israel sentiment over the years, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry defended America’s refusal to reject the resolution as the best way to promote peace between the Israelis and Palestinians – a claim he made during his controversial speech last week.
Bennett argued that the resolution was anything but an attempt at peace.
“[The resolution was like a] self-inflicted wound [for the world],” the Israeli leader expressed. "It gave backwind to thousands of terrorists around the world that want to destroy Israel because when they see the U.N. taking such a crazy resolution against Israel – essentially saying that Jerusalem is occupied territory."
It is argued that what the resolution did was merely reward the terrorist-run Palestinians for not engaging in peace talks with the Israelis – essentially paving another step toward the militant Islamists acquiring land from Israel, which it admittedly hopes to destroy and overrun.
“Palestinians were pleased with the U.N. decision,” Mitchell and Stahl informed. “They hope it will force Israel to give them land without giving anything in exchange.”
Feigned allies … undercover enemies
Bennett contends that Obama calculated and masterminded the U.N. move against Israel, and would not put it past him to aid the Palestinians one last time before leaving office.
"We know now that it was a pre-meditated move by the Obama administration – together with the Palestinians – against Israel," he stressed.
An Egyptian newspaper, Al-Youm Al Sabi, published communications recorded during a secret meeting attended by Kerry, U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee Secretary and Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat – a discussion that Israel maintains provides evidence that the Obama administration assisted in composing the resolution. Israeli officials indicated that they will provide soon-to-be President Trump with proof that the current administration colluded in devising the anti-Israel policy.
"The minutes of the meeting … reveals that the sides agreed to collaborate regarding a resolution on the settlements," the Egyptian daily reported, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). "The American side focused on coordination of positions between Washington and Ramallah regarding the resolution on the settlements, which was brought to a vote in the Security Council and adopted."
Israel fears that the recent U.N. resolution is just a foreshadowing of more anti-Semitic policies to come this month.
“It's not clear what can be done to reverse the effects of the resolution, but many are concerned that the upcoming Paris Peace Conference will deliver yet another international blow to the Jewish state,” CBN News informed.