Who is Netanyahu? Who is this self- serving, arrogant, dangerous man? He has interfered in our foreign affairs, he has insulted the president of our country and now he is “summoning” the Ambassador’s from the countries (that have embassies in Israel) who voted for the U.N. Resolution to give them a “scolding”. Adding insult to injury, Netanyahu called these Ambassadors in on Christmas Day!
Before I continue I would like to thank J Street and other Jewish organizations, as well as the majority of Jewish Americans who do not condone Netanyahu’s actions. In fact, a poll showed that 62 percent of Jewish voters agree with the U.N. resolution. I believe it is necessary that the distinction between Jewish people and Netanyahu be clear. Israeli’s want peace as much as the Palestinians do. It is their leaders, not unlike some of our own, that keep us involved in these “killing wars”.
According to U.N. Ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power said “Since the 1993 Oslo Accords, the number of settlers has increased by 355,000, bringing the total population of settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to more than 590,000.” Jeffrey Heller of Worldpost wrote “Israel has pursued a policy of constructing settlements on territory it captured in a 1967 war with its Arab neighbors – the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, areas Palestinians seek for a state.” Netanyahu and some of his cronies have disavowed the two-state solution entirely.
Since 1967 every U.S. president before Obama has allowed the passage of a Security Council resolution that contained criticism of Israeli policy. In 1980, the U.S. voted in favor of a resolution that not only said the settlements “have no legal validity” – but also called for their dismantlement. For the past eight years Obama has “given in” to Netanyahu by allowing him to continue the settlements. Obama recently gave Netanyahu $38 billion in aid paid for by U.S. taxpayers without any “strings attached”. In fact, Obama has given Israel more aid than any other president. Obama has in effect, been a “puppet” for Netanyahu. There are many things I didn’t know about Obama before. With this U.N. Resolution I am learning what he didn’t do that he should have. Now, he finally did the right thing. I wonder if it is just because he is a “lame-duck” president and no longer cares about criticism. Of course, this will be a nice addition to his “legacy”.
Our friendship with Israel has been based on the fact they are the only democratic state in the Middle East and a “buffer” between us and the rest of the Middle East. Things have changed.
Thanks to G.W. Bush invading Iraq and Obama not only continuing that and the Afghanistan war but getting us involved in more wars in the Middle East (Libya and Syria). I guess Israel is no longer our “buffer”. In fact, with Netanyahu in charge, we are more likely to get involved in a nuclear war because of his determination to “rule” the Middle East.
Netanyahu has another “puppet” in President-elect Trump. The problem is Trump could be as bad as Netanyahu. Trump says “things will be different at the U.N.” when he takes office. I wouldn’t be too sure about that. Trump, like Netanyahu, thinks all he has to do is “roar” and things will go his way. Maybe this time, the American people, along with the U.N. will stop them both!