“We’ve got your back”. A commonly used phrase by the American government to the government and people of Israel. Often referred to as America’s best friend and ally in the Middle East, today’s American anti-Israel policy at the United Nations Security Council is a shameful testimony of a friendship that failed.
They’ve got our back? But who’s got our front? Leaving West Bank (Judea and Samaria) settlements aside for the moment, the audacity of the Security Council’s rotten resolution on settlements even stooped so low as to declare our Kotel (Western Wall) part of occupied East Jerusalem.
The Americans did not veto the resolution. But by voting an abstention they allowed the vote to pass. It did not happen by co-incidence. The White House was colluding with the Palestinians in secret and gave them assurances that they would not use the veto.
Obama’s proposed legacy of ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will end up in the waste-bin of history together with his name. The old statement has once again proven to be true: “with friends like this, I don’t need enemies”.
The Egyptian president al-Sisi who first introduced the resolution on settlements was later persuaded by Israel, with whom it is at peace, and by the American president-elect, Donald Trump, to withdraw his resolution. The Egyptian president did so. He withdrew his resolution. But then he was attacked by four other members of the Security Council who informed him that if he did not re-introduce his resolution, they would do it. And thus it is that the anti-Israel resolution was passed with America’s help.
Assuredly, the new administration which is inaugurated in Washington on 20 January 2017, will be a warmer and more sincere friend to us than the out-going administration.
This cowardly act was Obama’s revenge upon Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu whom he detests. It was a personal attack by a mean-spirited leader upon the leader of one of America’s friendliest allies.
Perhaps it is wise that this terrible resolution was passed only one day before Chanukah. It serves to remind us that the Antiochus-es of the world are still with us, seeking our assimilation and disappearance. But Chanukah reminds us that not by might and not by power will Israel be destroyed. The Word of our One God is our strength. And God’s partners, the brave and heroic young men and women who serve in our military and defense forces, will prove that we will prevail.
As Antiochus’ legacy went into defeat, so will Obama’s legacy. A failed friendship needs to be re-built.
And hopefully, beginning on 20 January, it will be. Ken yehi ratzon. Ora v’simcha b’chag ha oorim.