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U.S. Abstains as U.N. Security Council Votes to Condemn Israeli Settle

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The O'Hole at his negligent best.

What an ass.




.....'Cause, apartheid is wrong, ONLY when it happens in Africa, Right??






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UNITED NATIONS — Defying extraordinary pressure from President-elect Donald J. Trump and furious lobbying by Israel, the Obama administration on Friday allowed the United Nations Security Council to adopt a resolution that condemned Israeli settlement construction.

The administration’s decision not to veto the measure reflected its accumulated frustration over Israeli settlements. The American abstention on the vote also broke a longstanding policy of shielding Israel from action at the United Nations that described the settlements as illegal.

While the resolution is not expected to have any practical impact on the ground, it is regarded as a major rebuff to Israel, one that could increase its isolation over the paralyzed peace process with Israel’s Palestinianneighbors, who have sought to establish their own state on territory held by Israel.

Applause broke out in the 15-member Security Council’s chambers after the vote on the measure, which passed 14 to 0, with the United States ambassador, Samantha Power, raising her hand as the lone abstention. Israel’s ambassador, Danny Danon, denounced the measure, and castigated the council members who had approved it.

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“Would you ban the French from building in Paris?” he told them.The resolution describes the settlement building as a “major obstacle” to peace and demands that Israel stop the construction, which most the world regards as illegal.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, who had scrambled in recent days to stop the measure from coming to a vote, issued a blistering denunciation afterward.
“Israel rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolution at the U.N. and will not abide by its terms,” Mr. Netanyahu said in a statement. “At a time when the Security Council does nothing to stop the slaughter of half a million people in Syria, it disgracefully gangs up on the one true democracy in the Middle East, Israel, and calls the Western Wall ‘occupied territory.’ ”

Mr. Netanyahu immediately retaliated against two of the countries that sponsored the resolution. He ordered Israel’s ambassadors to New Zealand and Senegal to return home for consultations, canceled a planned visit to Israel next month by Senegal’s foreign minister and cut off all aid programs to Senegal.

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Bibi Netanyahu is one of the smartest heads of state around.He was educated in the US and understands how to manipulate both American Jews (by convincing them that anti-Zionism is the same as antisemitism, and the dopey fundamentalist Christians that Jesus will not return to rule the planet as king until all the Jews return to Israel and the third Temple (third time, is seems is the charm) is rebuilt. Netanyahu is far to smart to believe all this nonsense, but his goal is clear: to dispossess the Palestinians of the West Bank and East Jerusalem and to have a one state solution in which the Palestinians who are not Israeli citizens will never be citizens and will never be allowed, therefore to vote. Essentially, it is a special kind of apartheid. And so far, he has gotten away with it.


The US abstention was the first chink in his armor: he was unable to prevent Obama's reelection and he failed miserably to browbeat our President into sucking up to his demands. I imagine he is pretty furious.


Trump is a know-it-all who basically suffers from the fact that most of what he knows is untrue. Netanyahu will bend and twist him into pretzels for his soon to be disastrous four year term. If Trump gets the US embassy moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, it will be met with constant opposition both inside Israel and outside. It is a horrible idea, since Jerusalem is built on very hilly ground and every acre is contested by many groups who have been fighting over the lands for generations.

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