Back in March this year, escaping much attention in the heat of the election, Dennis McDonough described the White House’s change in policy toward Israel. That was also after the Dems boycotted Netanyahu’s joint session address to Congress. So the radical Left is finishing off the year the way they started it, opposing Israel.
Today they followed through on their threats by refusing to veto the UN resolution on Israeli settlements.
Approved by 14-0, with US abstaining, text seeks action ‘to reverse the negative trends on the ground that are imperiling the two-state solution’
In March McDonough spoke to the Left-leaning J-Street lobby:(I wrote about it)
Huffington Post — 3/24
“We cannot simply pretend that those comments were never made, or that they don’t raise questions about the prime minister’s commitment to achieving peace through direct negotiations,” McDonough added, saying that the Obama administration plans to reevaluate its policy toward Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Though McDonough did not elaborate on what a revamped policy would look like, the White House has suggested that its opposition to Palestinian attempts to secure statehood at the United Nations may soften. On Thursday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters, “Steps that the United States has taken at the United Nations have been predicated on this idea that the two-state solution is the best outcome. Now our ally in these talks has said that they are no longer committed to that solution. That means that we need to reevaluate our position in this matter, and that is what we will do moving forward,” referring to past down-votes by the U.S. on Palestinian statehood initiatives. ( more)
So he waited till December just before leaving office to stick it to Israel. Well, it cannot hurt Hillary. They did what they wanted to do — make good on their threat.
But this was clear in Israel’s last election. Obama operatives ran a campaign to interfere and oppose Netanyahu. Then they were ticked off at his reelection. Now it is payback, revenge time. Of course this goes over well with their anti-Israel base. It’s a political win. They can grandstand on opposing Israel and Netanyahu.
It is not about settlements either, it is about ’67 borders that are indefensible. Now the Obama administration is going out on their high note: opposing Israel. Then they can try to blame Israel for their actions. Mission accomplished before Obummer leaves office.
(if they only had more time)