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Alan Newman

America’s Abstaining Duo

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On December 23, 2016, President Barack Obama orchestrated America’s coldhearted abstention on United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334. His parting shot at Israel, and at his personal nemesis Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, confirmed his animus towards an ally he claimed to “have their back.” To this day, the billions of dollars of Obama’s concessions paid as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Iran nuclear deal have underwrite Iranian proxy’s murderous assaults.

Over seven years later, President Joe Biden, too, stuck it to Israel with another inglorious abandonment: Resolution 2728. It is a sly attempt to separate the issue of a ceasefire and release of all the hostages, and it gives Biden wiggle room to both satisfy his pro-Palestinian constituents and to claim support for the Jewish State. This time, Biden’s desertion came during a very painful war and with American hostages languishing in Gazan tunnels.

The contagion of unfaithfulness extends to Democrat’s Vice President Harris and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Harris, America’s failed border integrity czar, threatened to rain down “consequences” upon Israel, whose borders were violently violated on October 7, and to apply wartime support conditionality. She has visited both Israel’s Gaza border and the Mexican border the same number of times: zero.

Jewish Senator Schumer, the self-proclaimed “guardian of Israel,” from the revered well of the Senate, questioned Israel’s democratic electoral process. We hear crickets about the myriad non-democratic governance violations across the globe, including those of the bulk of the members of the United Nations Security Council.

The ignominy of abandonments of our friends and a feckless play for the Muslim American vote that reveals the Democratic Party’s loyalty to partner Israel is about as thick as a ballot. Equally disturbing is watching Biden and Schumer struggle to placate the Squad’s desire for a more extreme progressive agenda.

The many ex-Obama alumni, led by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, are in effect purveyors of a not-so-subtle anti-Israel positioning, and with October 7 in the rear-view mirror, we watch support melt away. We anxiously wait for Jewish members of Congress to steel up their courage and to call out their peers.

The display of American treachery playing out centerstage at the United Nations Headquarters, with the East River institution’s credibility in tatters, was not surprising. With the United Nations Relief and Works Administration’s (UNRWA) proven to be in bloody handed partnership with Hamas and with leader Secretary General Guterres’s unwillingness to unequivocally condemn Hamas, it was the perfect stage for Biden’s Julius Caesar Act 3, Scene 1 et tu brute moment. The virtue signaled ceasefire reference to the Muslim holiday of Ramadan is especially ironic given Hamas’s clever choice for the timing of their savage sneak attack of the Jewish October 7 observance of Simchat Torah.

These diplomatic disasters add to the sad montage of America’s global power abdication featuring Biden’s cut and run from Afghanistan and Obama’s toothless Syrian “red lines.” Biden’s porous southern border, embarrassingly bungled Afghani bug-out and fear to strike at proxy-master Iran ought to preclude any commentary on Israel’s military prosecution of the Gaza war and with her need to complete Hamas’s annihilation in Rafah. Suggestions that corrupt international bodies like the UN can play a reliable post-October 7 role, won’t convince Israel who has witnessed the bias, complicit atrocities, and abandonment by that institution.

Fortunately, America’s grass roots support for Israel reflects the best of our collective world view and our deep-down sense of right and wrong. Recent polls show continuing support for Israel and the righteousness of her actions in the face of overwhelming opposition. They, in general, avoid the self-defeating and confused woke, intersectional oppressor-oppressed dogma. Before Secretary of State Blinken questions Israel’s” standing in the world” relative to Rafah operations or any other tactical maneuver, he would do well to listen to the American people. Their collective memories recall times when the American alliance was revered, when the long and strong arm of American power was feared, and when our national morality wasn’t shaped by the mathematics of the Electoral College.

About the Author
Alan Newman is a life-long supporter of the Jewish community and Israel. His commitment is evident with his hands-on approach and leadership positions at AIPAC, StandWithUs, Ben-Gurion University, Ethiopian National Project and Federation’s JCRC. He has traveled to Israel almost two dozen times and is an enthusiastic supporter of pro-Israel Christians including critical organizations like CUFI, ICEJ, USIEA and Genesis 123 Foundation. Alan’s compelling novel, GOOD HEART, published by Gefen Publishing House, is a multi-generational story about a Christian and Jewish family. He was a senior executive at Citigroup and holds two US Patents. He lives with his wife in West Palm Beach and enjoys time with his two sons and their families.
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