— Pamela Falk (@PamelaFalk) December 23, 2016
Wow Obama is determined to do as much damage as he can during his final days in office. Today he took a final shot at Israel at the UN, when he ordered a vote to abstain rather than throwing a veto to defend its friend.
From The Washington Post:
The U.N. Security Council on Friday passed a resolution demanding Israel cease Jewish settlement activity on Palestinian territory in a unanimous vote that passed with the United States abstaining rather than using its veto as it has reliably done in the past.
The resolution said settlements are threatening the viability of the two-state solution, and urged Israelis and Palestinians to return to negotiations that lead to two independent nations.
This marked the first time in more than 36 years that the Security Council passed a resolution critical of settlements.
The United States’ abstention Friday reflected mounting frustration in the Obama administration over settlement growth that the United States considers an obstacle to peace.
Some US lawmakers were so mad that they said that they’ll stop funding the UN if this terrible resolution passes. It was shortly before the vote that several lawmakers stated that they would introduce legislation to cut of funding to the United Nations if the resolution passed.
From the Washington Examiner:
Senate Republicans threatened to “suspend or significantly reduce” funding for the United Nations and any American allies who support a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction in disputed Palestinian territory.
“Any nation which backs this resolution and receives assistance from the United States will put that assistance in jeopardy,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Friday in anticipation of the vote.
Graham said that Israel and the Palestinian Authority should agree over certain issues without the UN affecting Israel.
House Speaker Paul Ryan was furious about the decision that harms Israel.
WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement on the Obama administration’s refusal to veto an anti-Israel resolution at the UN:
“This is absolutely shameful. Today’s vote is a blow to peace that sets a dangerous precedent for further diplomatic efforts to isolate and demonize Israel. Our unified Republican government will work to reverse the damage done by this administration, and rebuild our alliance with Israel.”
The resolution was passed with 14-0, and America abstained.