Oil talks. Israel hasn’t got any. The Arab nations do. Though the fact that Israel is America’s truest ally in the Middle East, the fact that the IDF trained American soldiers in city combat to prepare them for Iraq, the fact that Israel shares valuable intel with America and has done so for decades—none of that matters to this administration, which has been ready to jettison Israel since the night Obama was elected.
The U.S. is going to vote with the Security Council to rebuke Israel on settlements. Because in the Middle East today, where Egypt just suffered a military coup, Iran is barreling forward towards nukes, Tunisia, Bahrain, Yemen, and Iran are undergoing their own protests for freedom, Jordan is edging towards the same, and Muammar Ghaddafi is shaking in his sandals, obviously, the most important thing to take care of in the Middle East is—settlements.
This is a huge win for the Palestinians, even if the language is utterly watered down. As of last night, this was supposedly going to be in the resolution.
The statement also condemns “all forms of violence, including rocket fire from Gaza, and stresses the need for calm and security for both peoples.”
Don’t hold your breath over it staying.
This is being spun as a sop to the Arab world. Obama can’t afford to alienate them any more, supposedly. Funny. I thought Obama was the man we elected to improve America’s image with the rest of the world. I thought he was our ambassador to Muslims, what with his living among them as a child. I thought it was George W. Bush they hated, not America.
Israel is going to feel very, very alone if this resolution goes through. You know what happens when Israel feels alone and threatened?
These are dark times.