January 17th, 2017

Britain blocks Obama/Kerry plans to further harm Israel during Obama’s last presidential days

You may recall that, as noted here, after the pre-Christmas anti-Israel UN resolution a Paris conference was planned (with Kerry in attendance), and then a January 17 UN resolution to further the condemnation of Israel.

Well, notice that today is January 17. But there almost certainly won’t be any more UN resolutions on Israel during the Obama administration. And the reason has nothing to do with any decision by Obama or Kerry to back off.

What it has to do with is the Brexit vote, the outcome of which resulted in the resignation of Britain’s PM Cameron and the coming to power of the new PM, Theresa May. May’s government voted for the December UN resolution, but yesterday Britain blocked the planned further undermining of Israel by the waning Obama administration and the other countries at the Paris meeting.

The British statement affirmed its commitment to the two-state solution, adding:

…[W]e have particular reservations about an international conference intended to advance peace between the parties that does not involve them – indeed which is taking place against the wishes of the Israelis – and which is taking place just days before the transition to a new American President when the US will be the ultimate guarantor of any agreement. There are risks therefore that this conference hardens positions at a time when we need to be encouraging the conditions for peace.

That’s why we have attended in an observer status and have not signed up to the communique.

That statement makes it quite clear that May doesn’t think that lame-duck Obama/Kerry have much (if you’ll excuse the term) legitimacy in their attempts at kicking Israel on their way out, and that May is anticipating dealing with President Donald Trump. Too bad May couldn’t find a bit more courage to do what was right during the Security Council vote back in December.

[NOTE: More here.]

9 Responses to “Britain blocks Obama/Kerry plans to further harm Israel during Obama’s last presidential days”

  1. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    The hate within the Obama administration for the Brits must be palpable.

  2. parker Says:

    Yes, why did the UK not exercise its veto power in December? Obama was on his way out and powerless to trouble the UK. At least Winston’s bust will return to the White House.

  3. J.J. Says:

    G.B.:”The hate within the Obama administration for the Brits must be palpable.”

    It always has been. Because Great Britain was the colonial ruler of Kenya. Obama has always been about re-litigating the past and evening the score. “Dreams From My Father” is a hint of it.

  4. Barry Meislin Says:

    …”palpable…”

    He still has two-and-a-half days to “get even”.

    He’ll find something—he usually does, with brilliant “optics”—cf. Ben Rhodes appointed to the Holocaust Museum.

    Yep, he’s stiffed the Zionists, big time.

    Now it’s the Jews’ turn.

  5. Steve S Says:

    Why did Britain vote for that Security Council Resolution 2334? David Gerstman, over at Legal Insurrection, surmised that Prime Minister May was blindsided:

    Given that Great Britain is not buying into the Paris peace conference or Kerry’s diplomacy, and that it is a permanent member of the Security Council with veto power, it is not likely that any further resolutions would pass. (Why did Great Britain vote for 2334? Apparently May was blind-sided by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s participation in the resolution. This time she took no chances and took charge.)

    http://tinyurl.com/jk6r7og

  6. Esther Says:

    Relieved, but nevertheless, hanging on to my seat here with white knuckles until Friday.

  7. Tuvea Says:

    Steve S posted what I have read elsewhere.

    Also interesting is a link in the comments. It describes a decision by the Court of Appeals of Versailles, France that unequivocally states Israel is the legal owner of Judea and Samaria.

    For some odd reason none of the media here in the States has reported on this.

  8. Richard Saunders Says:

    What I’d really like to hear from Trump and/or Tillerson immediately after the inauguration is, “The United States rejects Resolution 2334. The United States does not recognize it as part of international law. The United States will treat any punitive actions against Israel as an illegal international boycott and will act accordingly. The United States recognizes Jerusalem as israel’s capital, and will commence to move its embassy there as soon as a suitable location can be found. The United States will not cooperate in any way in rendering any part of mandatory Palestine as forbidden to Jews.”

    Well, a guy can dream, can’t he?

  9. AesopFan Says:

    Barry Meislin Says:
    January 17th, 2017 at 5:48 pm
    …”palpable…”

    He still has two-and-a-half days to “get even”.

    He’ll find something—he usually does, with brilliant “optics”—cf. Ben Rhodes appointed to the Holocaust Museum.

    Yep, he’s stiffed the Zionists, big time.

    Now it’s the Jews’ turn.
    * * *
    Just saw the Rhodes piece.
    What can you expect from a guy that agrees with the UN Human Rights Council being headed by this cast of characters:
    Current Membership of the Human Rights Council, 1 January – 31 December 2017
    by regional groups
    by year
    COUNTRY
    TERM EXPIRES ON
    Albania 2017
    Bangladesh 2017
    Belgium 2018
    Bolivia (Plurinational State of) 2017
    Botswana 2017
    Brazil 2019
    Burundi 2018
    China 2019
    Congo 2017
    Côte d’Ivoire 2018
    Croatia 2019
    Cuba 2019
    Ecuador 2018
    Egypt 2019
    El Salvador 2017
    Ethiopia 2018
    Georgia 2018
    Germany 2018
    Ghana 2017
    Hungary 2019
    India 2017
    Indonesia 2017
    Iraq 2019
    Japan 2019
    Kenya 2018
    Kyrgyzstan 2018
    Latvia 2017
    Mongolia 2018
    Netherlands 2017
    Nigeria 2017
    Panama 2018
    Paraguay 2017
    Philippines 2018
    Portugal 2017
    Qatar 2017
    Republic of Korea 2018
    Rwanda 2019
    Saudi Arabia 2019
    Slovenia 2018
    South Africa 2019
    Switzerland 2018
    Togo 2018
    Tunisia 2019
    United Arab Emirates 2018
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 2019
    United States of America 2019
    Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

    http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/CurrentMembers.aspx

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