Will Obama betray Israel during his last weeks in office? A report by Breitbart says he is on the war path against the Jewish State.
US President Barack Obama may allow anti-Israel resolutions to pass at the United Nations that would legitimize and strengthen the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against the Jewish state, Breitbart News reported Monday.
Palestinians are circulating a draft United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution which, among other issues, declares Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria to be illegal and launches a boycott campaign by demanding that UN member states refrain from offering any assistance to Israel that might connect to “settlements.”
New Zealand is circulating another, separate anti-Israel resolution. Sweden, which will assume the presidency of the UNSC in January, intends to bring its own resolution slamming Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria, according to Breitbart‘s report.
Palestinian leaders met with Secretary of State John Kerry last week in an effort to discourage an American veto of any anti-Israel resolution that could emerge in the next few weeks.
Breitbart News’ sources indicate that the Obama administration may decline to use its veto against a Security Council resolution against Israel.
Allowing Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria to be declared illegal would be an enormous boost to the BDS movement, which seeks to isolate Israel. Such a resolution could also encourage renewed efforts to prosecute Israeli military and political officials in the International Criminal Court (ICC).
US Funding for Anti-Israel ‘Blacklist’
Separately, the UN General Assembly is set to vote this week to fund an effort by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to compile a blacklist of any company doing business that directly or indirectly supports Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria – which, given their integration into the Israeli economy, would effectively mean blacklisting companies doing business with Israel. The blacklist project was approved in March, but the money to accomplish it had yet to be allocated.
However, a large amount of those funds appears to have already been spent – meaning that the compilation of the blacklist is already well underway.
The Obama administration, which recently ran for re-election to the UNHRC and strongly supports the institution, has not indicated whether it will vote against the BDS provision.
If it passes, the UN will have succeeded in creating an international database to be used in anti-Israel boycotts, and the US taxpayer will be footing 22% of the bill – unless action is taken on the domestic front to prevent the expenditure.
The UNHRC, like much of the rest of the UN, is disproportionately focused on Israel. And yet that disproportionate focus continues — with the outgoing Obama administration rumored to be about to deliver a parting blow.
Who is Telling the Truth?
However, US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro stated that Obama will not support a resolution at the UNSC adopting a unilateral move that would recognize the state of Palestine or force a settlement on Israel.
Shapiro said that the US has “always opposed unilateral propositions. This is a long-term policy. If there will ever be a unilateral proposal, we have opposed it in the past and will do so in the future.”
For years, the US has officially opposed any attempts by Palestinians to seek recognition for statehood or allow international bodies such as the UN to impose solutions.
“Our view hasn’t changed that we believe that the preferred path for the Palestinians to achieve statehood is through direct negotiations that will lead to a just, lasting and comprehensive peace based on a two-state solution,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in late November.
The House earlier this month passed a bipartisan, non-binding bill urging Obama to continue blocking resolutions that attempt to impose preconditions on a peace deal.
By: United with Israel Staff
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