Joe Biden lobbying against Israel to get UN resolution passed
Both Republicans and Democrats, as well as the international Jewish community, are outraged that the Obama administration’s refusal to support Israeli settlements in the West Bank, leading to a shocking UN security council vote.
Many are calling this a decidedly anti-Israel stance and now sources have revealed that Vice-president Joe Biden even spoke with foreign leaders, most notably Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, to encourage them to support the resolution.
“Insiders familiar with the matter said Biden spoke by phone with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to ask that his country vote in favor of the resolution, which was passed by the U.N. Security Council last week when the United States, in a reversal of longstanding policy, did not exercise its veto power to kill the measure,” from the Free Beacon.
Biden lobbied Ukraine and of course administration officials are too cowardly to admit it,” said a senior pro-Israel official who is working with Congress regarding the resolution. “With everything that’s going on involving Russia, Iran, and Syria, this is how the Obama administration choose to spend its precious diplomatic capital. They decided to twist arms and trade favors for a resolution that cuts off Jews from Jerusalem, a city that is Israel’s capital city according to American law.”
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio accused the Obama administration of “Denying Israel’s right to exist,” and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz called Obama “one of the worst foreign-policy presidents ever.”
Even those who generally support the Obama administration took issue with this resolution.
“We are outraged over the U.S. failure to veto this biased and unconstructive UNSC resolution on Israel,” Jonathan A. Greenblatt, a former Obama administration official who now heads the Anti-Defamation League, said in a statement. “This resolution will do little to renew peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinians. It will only encourage further Palestinian intransigence vis-à-vis direct negotiations with Israel in favor of unilateral, one-sided initiatives.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) called for the United States to fully cut funding to the United Nations until the resolution is reversed.
Incoming President Donald Trump also signaled his outrage, stating on Twitter that “things will be different” when he takes office.
“The Obama administration has long flirted with international efforts to delegitimize Israel, so what happened today isn’t really surprising,” one senior congressional aide told the Washington Free Beacon following the vote.
“The good news is that a Republican government will enable us to roll back the Obama administration’s hostile anti-Israel policies,” the source said.
“President-elect Trump has already signaled a level of support for Israel that we haven’t seen in eight years. Now we have a real opportunity to hold Iran accountable, fight BDS, and do everything possible to ensure Israel’s qualitative military edge in the region.”