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October 1, 2015 11:35 am

Report: White House Brushed Off Harry Reid’s Appeals for Pledge to Veto Palestinian State Resolution at UN

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid reportedly twice requested a commitment from the White House to veto a UN Security Council Resolution on a Palestinian State, only to be met with silence both times. PHOTO: Wikipedia.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid reportedly requested a commitment from the White House to veto a UN Security Council resolution for Palestinian statehood, but was ignored. Photo: Wikipedia.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) twice this year sought a commitment from President Barack Obama that he would veto any U.N. resolution calling for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, only to be rebuffed on both occasions, Politico reported on Thursday.

Reid, a close congressional ally of the president’s, submitted his requests for Obama to commit to exercising the United States’ veto power at the U.N. Security Council through White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.

McDonough responded that the White House “would look into it,” according to a reliable source cited by Politico, but in the end took no action.

According to the report, Reid made the requests as he was attempting to line up support from the Democratic Party for the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Politico explained:  “If Obama explicitly sided with Israel against the possible U.N. resolution, Reid’s thinking went, it would give nervous Democrats cover to back the Iran deal, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vocally protested.”

According to Politico, both Reid’s repeated requests and Obama’s unwillingness to make a statement on the matter were “confirmed by White House officials and Senate aides,” highlighting the wide gulf between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government.

Obama’s lack of public commitment to a veto follows a series of statements issued by White House and State Department officials hinting at a change in U.S. policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This comes in the wake of Netanyahu’s assertion in March that a Palestinian state would not likely come into being during his current term, due to the massive upheavals occurring in the region.

Despite Netanyahu’s repeated clarification that his remark did not mean he was no longer committed to the two-state solution, the White House said it was reassessing its position on blocking a potential Security Council resolution.

“The steps that the United States has taken at the United Nations had been predicated on this idea that the two-state solution is the best outcome,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on March 19. “Now our ally in these talks has said that they are no longer committed to that solution. That means we need to reevaluate our position in this matter.”

Later in June, in a hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power declined to commit to blocking a resolution calling for the establishment of a Palestinian state.

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  • Richard

    I believe that Obama is a Muslim at heart.

  • Ilbert Phillips

    President Obama will do what he wants vis a vis Israel. While his mouth moves and he claims he loves Israel, his actions are louder than words. He held off on giving Israel weapons to fight Hamas last year. He has treated Natanyahu like an enemy and Arab thugs like his best friends. Under his watch, the Middle East is in chaos, as a direct consequence of his policies in Libya, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. He really believes that he can lead from behind and that the United States has in the past had too much power in determining world events. Since he truly believes that all Whites are racists and that taints their character. The man has serious problems.

    • Gerson Kaplan

      You’re right up until the last sentence-it is WE, Americans and Israeli’s that have the problems thanks to our President who is the biggest mistake ever to be in the White House.

  • Holy Shirt

    VETO UN declaration of a Muslim Palestinian State? If acts still speak louder than words, expect Obama to PROPOSE one! Obama promised the Fundamental Transformation of America. Obama’s KKK Democrats (Karter-Klinton-Kerry] have done it. Has it been as good for you as it is for them?

  • Even when the Russians pursue Americans in every step in the Middle East, President Obama doesn’t see who is who. The USA might be rescued from the full fiasco (at least) in the Middle East only by Israel, with a strong alliance and true friendship. PM Netanyahu is much smarter than many Americans in the Governments, and knows the situation and mentalities around in the Middle East much better than Americans. The Palestinian statehood will be more dangerous than the de-facto independence of Gaza strip in 2005 when Israel removed (a fatal mistake!) its settlements from Gaza.
    President Obama pulls ahead his most unsuccessful. let’s say anti-politician John Kerry, who spoiled many talks and agreements with foreign countries. His last pearl was: “Russia is no more a threat”. He should be removed from the Government.

  • yussi

    I am ashamed to say I voted for Obama 2x….

  • Scott

    This has been Obama’s plan for months.
    He is just waiting for the dust to settle on his “Iran Deal”.
    Russia may have thrown a temporary fly in the ointment, but this is what the most horrific excuse for a POTUS is absolutely intending to do. That is – throw Israel under the bus.
    He’s done it so far, so why should we think it won’t continue?

  • Wm. J. Levy

    Obama is who he is and the stupid Jews in America were so thrilled to vote for a “black” man instead of taking care of themselves first.

    Now Jews are going to pay the price for his betrayal.

    • I hate to say it but most Liberal Jews do not care about Israel or the Jewish Faith All they care about are left wing ideas

  • Francis Figliola

    Leopards don’t change their spots.