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Barack Backhands Bibi

Did the community organizer from Harvard Law just deliver some personal payback to the IDF commando? So it would seem.

By abstaining on that Security Council resolution declaring Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem illegal and invalid, raged Bibi Netanyahu, President Obama “failed to protect Israel in this gang-up at the UN, and colluded with it.”

Obama’s people, charged Bibi, “initiated this resolution, stood behind it, coordinated on the wording and demanded that it be passed.”

White House aide Ben Rhodes calls the charges “falsehoods.”

Hence, we have an Israeli leader all but castigating an American president as a backstabber and betrayer, while the White House calls Bibi a liar.

This is not an unserious matter.

“By standing with the sworn enemies of Israel to enable the passage of this destructive, one-sided anti-Israel rant and tirade,” writes the Washington Times, “Mr. Obama shows his colors.”

But unfortunately for Israel, the blow was delivered by friends as well as “sworn enemies.”

The U.S. abstained, but Britain, whose Balfour Declaration of 1917 led to the Jewish state in Palestine, voted for the resolution.

As did France, which allied with Israel in the Sinai-Suez campaign of 1956 to oust Egypt’s Col. Nasser, and whose Mysteres were indispensable to Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War of 1967.

Vladimir Putin, who has worked with Bibi and was rewarded with Israel’s refusal to support sanctions on Russia for Crimea and Ukraine, also voted for the resolution.

Egypt, whose Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was welcomed by Bibi after his coup against the Muslim Brotherhood president, and who has collaborated with Bibi against terrorists in Sinai and Gaza, also voted yes.

China voted yes as did Ukraine. New Zealand and Senegal, both of which have embassies in Tel Aviv, introduced the resolution.

Despite Israel’s confidential but deepening ties with Sunni Arab states that share her fear and loathing of Iran, not a single Security Council member stood by her and voted against condemning Israel’s presence in Arab East Jerusalem and the Old City. Had the resolution gone before the General Assembly, support would have been close to unanimous.

While this changes exactly nothing on the ground in the West Bank or East Jerusalem where 600,000 Israelis now reside, it will have consequences, and few of them will be positive for Israel.

The resolution will stimulate and strengthen the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, which has broad support among U.S. college students, Bernie Sanders Democrats and the international left.

If Israel does not cease expanding West Bank settlements, she could be hauled before the International Criminal Court and charged with war crimes.

Already, J Street, the liberal Jewish lobby that backs a two-state solution in Palestine — and has been denounced by Donald Trump’s new envoy to Israel David Friedman as “far worse than kapos,” the Jewish guards at Nazi concentration camps — has endorsed the resolution.

The successful resolution is also a reflection of eroding support for Israel at the top of the Democratic Party, as a two-term president and a presidential nominee, Secretary of State John Kerry, were both behind it.

Republicans are moving to exploit the opening by denouncing the resolution and the U.N. and showing solidarity with Israel. Goal: Replace the Democratic Party as the most reliable ally of Israel, and reap the rewards of an historic transfer of Jewish political allegiance.

That Sen. George McGovern was seen as pro-Palestinian enabled Richard Nixon to double his Jewish support between 1968 and 1972.

That Jimmy Carter was seen as cold to Israel enabled Ronald Reagan to capture more than a third of the Jewish vote in 1980, on his way to a 44-state landslide.

Moreover, U.S. acquiescence in this resolution puts Bibi in a box at home. Though seen here as a hawk on the settlements issue, the right wing of Bibi’s coalition is far more hawkish, pushing for outright annexation of West Bank settlements. Others call for a repudiation of Oslo and the idea of an independent Palestinian state.

If Bibi halts settlement building on the West Bank, he could cause a split in his Cabinet with rightist rivals like Naftali Bennett who seek to replace him.

Here in the U.S., the U.N. resolution is seen by Democrats as a political debacle, and by many Trump Republicans as an opportunity.

Sen. Chuck Schumer has denounced Obama’s refusal to veto the resolution, echoing sentiments about the world body one used to hear on America’s far right.

“The U.N.” said Schumer, “has been a fervently anti-Israel body since the days (it said) ‘Zionism is racism’ and that fervor has never diminished.”

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham says he will urge Congress to slash funding for the United Nations.

If the folks over at the John Birch Society still have some of those bumper stickers — “Get the U.S. out of the U.N., and the U.N. out of the U.S.!” they might FedEx a batch over to Schumer and Graham.

May have some converts here.


Patrick Buchanan
Patrick Buchanan has been a senior advisor to three Presidents, a two-time candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, and was the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000.
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  • Lardo140

    The Obama administration – THIS Obama administration – calls Netanyahu a liar? Is there anyone left (other than raging anti-Semitic, Obama-loving, leftist morons, that is) who doubts Obama’s hatred of Israel? I can hear the liar-in-chief now; “Hey Bibi, if you like your settlements, you can keep your settlements.”

  • myfordtruck

    We do not need slash funding to the UN but cut it off and kick the traitors out of the USA and everybody associated with them there troops every thing except there equipment that we brought

    • Jerryb53

      Yes indeed!

  • Eric Bischoff

    OK I’ll start the discussion. This topic is never popular when you speak truth to power and no I am not a fan of either party’s foreign policies!

    Someone please explain to me how America, which is supposed to be the shining light for the world, still supports the Israel Apartheid regime, the theft of Palestinian lands, the destruction of their homes and then the subsidized construction of Jewish only settlements.

    Didn’t we learn anything from the Bush family financing and supporting Hitler and US corporations like IBM helping the Nazis keep track of the Jews on their way to concentration camps!

    Didn’t we learn anything from wrongly supporting the South African apartheid regime and helping them capture and imprison Nelson Mandella!

    Didn’t we learn anything from all of the bone headed programs of overthrowing Democratically elected leaders like Iran’s Mossadegh or Chile’s Allende!

    Once again we are on the wrong side of history and we are supporting the wrong people. Israel gets over $3 Billion per year from american taxpayers to spend on military and then Obama just gave them another $7 Billion and the obscene apartheid leader Netanyahu has the nerve to complain. Cut him off. Spend the money at home. Demand an end to apartheid. Return their stolen lands. Return their stolen water rights. Pay reparation to rebuild Gaza. Enough with the hypocrisy already.

    Draining the Swamp should start with the most powerfull lobby in Washington which is the American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobby or AIPAC. You are all so mistakenly worried about Russian foreign intervention in American Politics, meanwhile it’s been happening right under your nose with AIPAC for decades.

    Come on hypocrites! Be the Christians you pretend to be!

    • Mydogrules

      The Palestinians and the terrorists who support them are the cause of the problems. If they had just left the Israelis alone to live in peace in their tiny patch of land, the Israelis would have never bothered anyone.

    • WBC

      Excuse me if I’m wrong, but seems I remember that Israel was aggressively attacked which caused the six day war, during which, Israel captured the so-called stolen lads.

    • Moki

      In supporting Israel, we are always on the right side of history. Israel is not the problem here.

    • jimdandi

      Firstly, Israel is not an apartheid regime. The so-called Palestinians would have been able to live in peace in Israel if they had not gone along with the Arabs and their promise to deliver the whole place to them after they attacked and won. Unfortunately, the Arabs lost, and could not fulfill their promise. Now, they resort to terrorism against Israel. Much more could be said, but the upshot is: the Palestinians don’t want a two-state solution and the Arabs don’t want that. They want the thing to remain a festering sore for their own advantage.

    • Michael Noone

      You must be a major shareholder in Kool-Aid, Inc. Your conspiracy theories should have you running for mommie’s basement. Please proceed ASAP. The Arabs lost the war in 1967, and deserve to live with the result of their murderous aggression. If the crazy Muslims kill all the Jews, they will find someone else to hate, that’s who they are.

    • Edward

      Eric, you sound like a German in the 1930’s

  • WBC

    I’ve long said the United States should pull out of the U.N. It is nothing more than a despotic cesspool that would collapse if the U.S. pulled out and ceased to fund this corrupt body. I’m not a John Bircher, but I agree with them when they say “Get the U.S. out of the U.N. and the U.N. out of the U.S. This is long overdue.

  • Luther R. Norman

    Sadly, Obama has never bit the hand that fed him, so now tho is either a ruse or the ‘worm has finally turned’. If that is the case, Netanyahu is not going to miss out on a chance to take Obama down after he leaves office in a few weeks. israel should not be allowed to occupy Palestine in 2017!

  • Erica Stuart

    Well, Patrick, let me summarize your article the way you might agree, and simplify the issue for many of us in USA FIRST. Bibi blubbered, as usual, with scorn to us:
    “no friend wold turn a friend over to he UN….” To which I add: ” an friend wold use a benefactor and friend like a CONVENIENT, ,DEPENDABLE IDIOT”. We are fed up with it. The major obstacle is not anti Semitism but Bibi Netanyahu, insulting
    and demanding arrogance. Our Congress has opposed settlements as a principle from the beginning you spit on our face and kill any Peace process. But worst of all
    you corrupted our Congressional leaders.

  • Honky

    Obama appreciates the Jewish vote.

  • John T Koszalka

    Notice that slimy grin on Obama’s two face. This is a very evil person. who has to deal with Michelle trying to find hope in a hopeless situation that they caused. We Deplorable Patriots will finally get a breath of fresh air on January 20, 2017. The Liar in Chief should be aware that when you sell your soul there is only hopelessness.

  • daveveselenak

    Maybe, just maybe the suicidal useful idiots that worship this demonic psychopath and Muslim-Marxist jihadist in the “Outhouse” will recognize him as what he is – I doubt that, as they are fools!