Jan 4, 2017 by Tony Perkins
The Obama administration may only be in power another three weeks, but it can still do plenty of damage. Last month’s anti-Israel decision made that abundantly clear, as the president’s team refused to use its power to put the brakes on a devastating Security Council resolution on America’s closest ally. Instead of vetoing the measure, the Obama administration allowed it to pass by abstaining, sparking outrage on Capitol Hill and abroad. As one of its first acts, the Republican majority plans on hitting back with a resolution of its own condemning Obama’s “stunt.”
“This Thursday, the House will not abstain from its responsibility and will vote on a bipartisan resolution reaffirming our longstanding policy in the region and support of Israel” Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) warned. “The administration has lost all credibility when it comes to Israel. The administration’s stunt at the U.N. hurt our ally Israel and made peace in the region even more difficult to achieve.”
In the Senate, Jerry Moran (R-Kans.) is spearheading the resistance to the U.N.’s agenda, followed by Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) in the House. So far, the measures have been popular ones — even with Democrats, who see the administration’s abstention as a deep betrayal to Israel. “I have always believed that Israel can’t get a fair shake at the U.N., and that is why Israel has relied on the United States to protect it from the anti-Israel tendencies of some U.N. Security Council members,” Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) argued after the vote.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) was the next in line to blast President Obama. “Extremely frustrating, disappointing & confounding that the Administration has failed to veto the UN resolution,” he tweeted. “[P]ast administrations — both Democrat and Republican — have protected Israel from the vagaries of this biased institution. Unfortunately, this Administration has not followed in that path and its actions will move us further from peace in the Middle East.”
This should be a case study for conservatives as to how a secretary of state (and president) can use the U.N. to advance their agenda. The Obama administration advanced the UN resolution knowing they would never succeed in censuring Israel through Congress. This is exactly why we have to be concerned with what the State Department is doing and who’s leading it. To suggest otherwise is not only ignorant, but dangerous.