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July 2, 2012 1:45 pm

Obama Turns His Back on Israel at the U.N.

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President Obama addressing the United Nations General Assembly. Photo: White House.

Today, at the United Nations, the Obama administration is turning its back on Israel. For the very first time, the U.N. Security Council has invited the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights to “brief” the Council specifically on the subject of Israel and the commissioner’s list of trumped-up sins. Though the U.S. is a veto-holding power, the extraordinary move has full American approval, despite the fact that the global soapbox will be handed to Navi Pillay, a notorious anti-Israel partisan.

Moreover, the American-backed action exposes President Obama’s profound weakness on the international stage. It turns out that the deal to sponsor an Israel-bashing session at the highest levels was a trade-off for having the high commissioner brief the Council on the subject of Syria.

The Security Council has not acted on Syria since an April 21, 2012, resolution, which sent unarmed observers over to watch the bloodshed. France wanted a high commissioner briefing on Syria to generate more noise. Council member Pakistan said no, unless Israel was on the chopping block, too. The Russians also said no, unless Libya was on the table. Russia seeks to use the mess in that country to obstruct stronger measures on Syria.

At this point in the diplomatic game, the Obama administration could have insisted that Israel not be sacrificed as the quid pro quo for paying due attention to the Syrian carnage. Instead, they caved, agreeing to a spectacle which casts Syria and Israel as moral equals.

Team Obama’s only caveat? The Syrian briefing should be in the morning and the Israel briefing should be in the afternoon so that the briefings — by the same person — can be labeled “two” meetings and the trade-off will be less visible. Obama’s U.N. ambassador Susan Rice can then run to the cameras before the afternoon session and claim the Council’s consideration of Syria was a “success.”

The betrayal of Israel is especially outrageous in light of what the administration knows about Navi Pillay. She’s the U.N. official who questioned the legality of the killing of Osama bin Laden within hours of his death. She’s the lead champion of the Durban “anti-racism” declaration and conferences. She’s the human-rights aficionado who sat glued to her conference chair — while democracies walked out en masse — when speaker Iranian president Ahmadinejad questioned the veracity of the Holocaust.

Only last month, when Pillay sought a renewal of her term as high commissioner, the administration lobbied (ineffectively) against it, in part precisely because of her anti-Israel bias. But a month later, Obama officials are welcoming her into the U.N.’s inner sanctum as a supposed expert on Israel’s inequities and legitimizing her message.

Pillay’s lecture is eminently predictable. Back in July 2010 when she was asked to address the Security Council on the general subject of the “protection of civilians” anywhere in the world, she managed only two pleas, and both were directed at Israel. She “urged” the Council to force Israel to lift the blockade of Gaza — notwithstanding the obvious anti-human-rights consequences of creating an Iranian arms depot on the Mediterranean. And she “urged” the Council to support the infamous Goldstone report.

Last November, when she was asked to brief the Council on “the protection of civilians in armed conflict,” she placed alleged “violence perpetrated by Israeli settlers” alongside ending impunity for “summary executions, rape and torture” in Cote d’Ivoire, “brutal violence” affecting “tens of thousands” in Syria, and “systematic torture” in Afghanistan.

As for the burning necessity of more briefings by Pillay, the last time the Security Council was briefed in detail on “the Palestinian question” was all of 13 days ago on June 19, 2012. In fact, detailed briefings of the Council on the issue, including ritualistic condemnation of Israel by U.N. “experts” and a series of non-democracies, are already held monthly.

Furnishing Pillay with a Security Council podium to attack Israel, therefore, must be set side by side with President Obama’s reelection campaign verbiage. Voters are rightly concerned by the president’s full frontal embrace of the United Nations. So administration officials are being dispatched to address Jewish voters in key states like Florida quite specifically on the subject of the Obama response to the demonization of Israel at the U.N.

Here’s Esther Brimmer, assistant secretary at the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, speaking to a Jewish group in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, Florida on April 24, 2012: “Our diplomatic engagement . . . at the U.N., is rooted in an ironclad commitment by President Obama to support Israel across the U.N. system. . . . Our commitment to defend Israel throughout the U.N. system, both in countering biased anti-Israeli actions and in opposing those who seek platforms to expand anti-Israel efforts at the U.N., remains strong.”

And here’s U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice at a synagogue in Boca Raton, Fla., on May 10, 2012: “Not a day goes by — not one — when my colleagues and I don’t work hard to defend Israel’s security and legitimacy at the United Nations. . . . President Obama has insisted that the United States be clear: The treatment Israel receives across the U.N. system is unacceptable. Efforts to chip away at Israel’s legitimacy have been met with the unflinching opposition of the United States.”

It ain’t so.

This post first appeared in National Review Online.

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  • binyomin

    not surprising.
    most yidden are happy to give away our eternal inheritance, G-d forbid, so why should the gentiles care?

    the lubavitcher rebbe, menachem mendel schneerson – king messiah teaches:
    “yidden must shamelessly proclaim to the whole world: ‘the eternal G-d gave the eternal land of israel – with all its borders outlined in the eternal torah – to the eternal jewish people as an exclusive eternal inheritance.’ *”the gentiles have no connection to the land of israel whatsoever.” *”if gentiles take any part of the land of israel as their own they are guilty of robbery & they violate the Laws of Noah which are incumbent on all mankind.” *”even discussing ceding even half of a grain of the land of israel is a rejection of G-d, a rejection of the torah & a rejection of the holiness of the land of israel.”

    the rebbe – king messiah, is appointed by G-d to be the judge, the mentor and the prophet of the generation, to provide instructions and advice relevant to the service of G-d for jews and gentiles. the rebbe – king messiah’s counsel has extended to his essential prophecy: “immediate redemption. behold! the messiah has come.”

  • Gordon

    “And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem A VERY HEAVY STONE for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all the nations of the earth are gathered against it. “And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” – Zechariah 12

  • Christy

    Barak Obama is not for the people in the United States. We are not even allowed anymore to have a say in what we believe is right. The U.S. has backed Israel but with the way our nation is going we as americans must humbly pray before God and repent so that he will heal our land and we need to get back in right standings with God as well as back our Israel.



  • kevobx

    Thank God for the children of Israel, because Esau name is thou art! *Ruth 4:11 And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The Lord make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Beth-lehem: (Revelation 21:12). *Matthew 26:65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what futher need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. *Matthew 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. *1st John 5:7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost:and these three are one. *Zechariah 14:9 And the Lord shall be king over the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one. *1st Corinthians 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

  • Marc du Conde

    Mz. Pillay is more than merely anti-Israeli. She is an apologist for genocide, and a propogandist for disgruntled Islamacists who want to ‘remove Israel from the pages of history.’
    Hate speech has consequences. Should Iran, or the perpetually stirred up Arabs in and around the Nation of israel make another major move to destroy that small country, we Americans must occupy the UN, and drag Mz. Pillay out in front of the building, and put her in front of a firing squad. That innocent people of Israel must go to their graves knowing the foul haters like Navi Pillay are under a death sentance should they ever suffer an attempt a genocide again.

  • vinni gambini

    Partner, let me tell you something.
    You ain’t home.
    Best you be making you’re aliyah plans, now.
    I’ve been traveling long, my family has been long on the road.
    It always ends the same way pal.
    There’s only 1 home for us, and we still got some fighting to do to keep our gift- Israel.
    Thank Gd for Israel.

    • howard banks

      Thank the Lord,Israel has subs, can’t rely on land bases of other countries,these subs can send nukes to wipe out the entire population of countries , want to wipe Israel off the face of the map.the haters know this,and they know their people will rise up and overthrow their leaders, before they are destroy,so they know this is a no win situation,and learn to live and let live is the best is wasted on weapons,that could be used to make a better life for their people.Israel is the promise land and intends forever to keep GOD’S promise.