The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2334 on Israeli settlements is not about Israeli settlements at all. In a move that will go down in history as one of the biggest affronts against Jews ever made by a US president, Barack Hussein Obama decided to make a statement less than 30-days before he leaves office. This statement tells every Jew who has supported him and his presidency that their safety, lives, and history do not matter. The language of this resolution is clear — it has nothing to do with the West Bank settlements and everything to do with East Jerusalem. East Jerusalem is referenced in this resolution three times and the West Bank is referenced zero times. As I wrote in March of 2015, I agree that settlement building is bad for Israel. However, in my analysis, I’m referring solely to the West Bank and while I believe those settlements do damage Israel, they are not a primary reason for lack of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. That award goes to a Palestinian leadership that refuses to recognize Israel’s right to exist, encourages their population to hate Jews, and rewards those who murder Jews in terror attacks, including those who murder infants in their sleep.
East Jerusalem was part of Israel upon Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948, as was the West Bank, due to the rejection by the Arabs of the United Nations (UN) Partition Plan of 1947. Immediately after that declaration of independence, Israel fought a defensive war for its very survival when it was attacked by the armies of five Arab countries that objected to the existence of a Jewish country. In that war, Israel lost the territories of Judea, Samaria (collectively known as the West Bank) and East Jerusalem. The Jewish residents of East Jerusalem, which includes the Jewish quarter of the Old City and the Western Wall of the Second Temple, were removed from their homes and marched out of the Old City at gunpoint by Jordanian soldiers, taking with them only what they could carry.
When Israel was about to be attacked in 1967, Israel launched a preemptive strike against those who were preparing to launch yet another offensive and reclaimed the territories previously lost in 1948. Upon this victory, Israel immediately annexed East Jerusalem and it officially and legally became part of the State of Israel once again. The only argument by those who deny East Jerusalem as part of Israel is the preponderance of Arab people living in it. Yet, the only reason there are so many Arab people living in the Old City is a direct result of Jordanian seizure and occupation of it from 1948 to 1967. The Jews who lived there were forcibly removed and their homes and belongings were distributed to Arabs. Those who deny East Jerusalem as part of Israel are the same people who hold keys in the air claiming that Jews stole Palestinian homes, yet when the reverse is applied, Jewish ownership of seized land and homes and property are ignored. Life Magazine was present for the expulsion of Jews from the Old City, thereby providing photographic and historical proof of this expulsion, something lacking in the claims of alleged expulsion of Palestinians from areas in Israel. This seems to be a common theme in discussing the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict — historical data supporting Jewish suffering is dismissed and unsupported propaganda is widely accepted as fact.
Interestingly, upon the recapture of the Old City in 1967, Moshe Dayan in a gesture of peace, decided to allow the Jordanian Waqf to maintain control over Temple Mount and the al Aqsa mosque. Israel did not have to do this, but it wanted to show the Muslim world that it did not intend to erase the Muslim presence in Jerusalem, despite the fact that Jordan attempted to do this to the Jews in 1948. No good deed goes unpunished and Moshe Dayan’s honorable gesture has continued to hurt Israel and Jews ever since.
Back to the UN and President Obama. The UN is an organization that has succumbed to the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Since the advent of this group in 1969 and it’s muscle-flexing, which began in 1972, it has used its oil wealth as a means to influence geopolitics inside the UN. By its own admission, its goal is to “safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world…” Therefore, its sole purpose is to create an environment where Islamic religious interests supersede any other interests. This means that if there are any world interests that go against mainstream Islam, including secularism, women’s rights, gay rights, or sovereignty over land previously occupied by Muslims, the OIC will reject them and due to their enormous financial influence over Western countries, so will they, despite how it may negatively affect humanity at large or how it may contradict the UN’s own Declaration of Human Rights. When the UN ironically appoints Saudi Arabia to oversee the UN Human Rights Council, the overwhelming OIC influence is clear.
Now comes President Obama. President Obama has led in a consistently moderate way during his eight-years in office, with the exception of supporting a ridiculous Iran deal and being overtly hostile to Israel’s Prime Minister. Prior to his election in 2008, I was extremely concerned that President Obama was anti-Semitic based on his relationship with the late-Edward Said, Reverend Jeremiah Wright (a close friend to Louis Farrakhan), and Ali Abunimah, author of The Electronic Intifada blog, who claimed that in 2008, then candidate Obama stated, “Hey, I’m sorry I haven’t said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race. I’m hoping when things calm down I can be more up front,” and followed up with, “Keep up the good work!” in reference to Abunimah’s activism against Israel. As a result of these relationships, I did not vote for Barack Obama in 2008. I went so far as to pen an op-ed that was rejected by several liberal Jewish publications in South Florida asking the Jewish constituents to truly examine his views and associations. However, after seeing how he led for his first four years in office, I did vote for him in 2012 because his moderate stances assuaged my previous concerns. It turns out my initial assessment of Barack Obama was accurate and that he is indeed someone who has disdain for Jews and Israel’s existence as a sovereign country. Barack Obama was true to his words to Ali Abunimah and he was indeed finally “up front” as evidenced by his direction to Samantha Power to abstain in Friday’s UNSC resolution vote. Meanwhile, Syria burns and Muslims are killing innocent people at nightclubs, concerts, shopping centers, grocery stores, office holiday parties with relative impunity, yet Jews are the focus of the UN and the UNSC.
This UNSC resolution is not about settlements in the West Bank. It’s a direct attack on Jewish sovereignty and Jewish self-determination, a rejection of the historical (both recent and ancient) Jewish connection to Jerusalem, and it is a greenlight for more terror attacks against Israelis because their tactics have a clear and palpable reward. President Barack Hussein Obama has now shown that he does not care about the safety, lives, self-determination or history of the Jewish people. This will be his legacy and his words honoring Shimon Peres ring hollow. Barack Obama just spit on his grave.
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