Israel Claims Obama Behind UN Resolution Affirming Illegality of Settlements

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by Stephen Lendman
Despite Obama authorizing the largest ever military handout to Israel, $3.8 billion annually for the next 10 years once the current agreement expires, plus lots of extras along the way, Netanyahu publicly blamed him for Friday’s Security Council resolution, aiming to humiliate and abandon Israel, he claimed.
On Monday, Israel’s ambassador to America Ron Dermer claimed his government has evidence, showing Obama was behind SC Res. 2334.
“We will present this evidence to the new administration through the appropriate channels,” he said. “If they want to share it with the American people they are welcome to do it.”
Dermer blamed Obama for “ganging up on Israel at the UN,” calling last Friday “a sad day and a shameful chapter in US-Israeli relations.”
According to Netanyahu spokesman David Keyes so-called “ironclad information, frankly, that the Obama administration really helped this resolution and helped craft it, (came) from sources internationally and sources in the Arab world” – without further elaboration.
Deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes denied the accusation, calling Res. 2334 an Egyptian/Palestinian initiative – put forward by Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal and Venezuela, adding:
The measure “is consistent with longstanding bipartisan US policy as it relates to settlements, as it relates to our opposition to Israeli settlements, as it relates to our opposition to, and condemnation of, incitement and violence and terrorism, and, above all, about our affirmative support for a two-state solution.”
Fact: Res. 2334 aside, Washington one-sidedly supports Israel, partners in its high crimes, doing nothing for Palestinian self-determination, nothing to free it from illegal occupation harshness, leaving millions ruthlessly oppressed, largely isolated on their own.
US-led Western lip service alone is paid to a two-state solution and peaceful conflict resolution. No punitive action was ever taken to end settlement expansions on stolen Palestinian land – ongoing for nearly half a century, certain to continue unabated ahead.
With Israel controlling nearly all valued Judea and Samaria land, a two-state solution is pure fantasy. Nor will it ever be possible without Israel withdrawing to pre-June 1967 borders, returning stolen land to Palestine.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.