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March 19, 2015 2:55 pm

Report: White House May Reconsider Pro-Israel Stance at UN After Likud Win

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JNS.org – The head of the left-wing J Street lobby believes that the White House may reconsider its pro-Israel stance at the United Nations following the election win by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party.

J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami said he believes the Obama administration “is going to look very closely at the possibility of either joining, or at least not blocking, an internationally backed move at the UN to restate the parameters for ending the [Israeli-Palestinian] conflict.”

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An anonymous Obama administration official said this week it is “premature” to discuss any specific US policy response to Likdu’s victory. But the official did say that “the positions taken by the prime minister in the last days of the campaign have raised very significant substantive questions that go far beyond just optics,” Politico reported. Before the election, Netanyahu had said his government would never support the establishment of a Palestinian state. The prime minister also expressed concern about high Arab voter turnout on election day.

To date, the American government has opposed all UN resolutions condemning Israel, but “we are signaling that if the Israeli government’s position is no longer to pursue a Palestinian state, we’re going to have to broaden the spectrum of options we pursue going forward,” the US official told Politico.

In separate comments that came in response to Netanyahu’s remark about Arab voters, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters, “The United States and this administration is deeply concerned about rhetoric that seeks to marginalize Arab-Israeli citizens. It undermines the values and democratic ideals that have been important to our democracy and an important part of what binds the United States and Israel together.”

Meanwhile, UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters on Wednesday that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon believes a halt to Israeli Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria, along with the establishment of a Palestinian state through negotiations, is “the best and only way forward for Israel to remain a democratic state.”

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor responded, “The United Nations may disagree with the policies of the Israeli government, but there is one fact that can’t be disputed—that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East.”

“If the UN is so concerned about the future of the Palestinian people, it should be asking why [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas is in the 10th year of a five-year presidential term,” said Prosor, Reuters reported.

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  • Mike

    Maybe American Jews should reconsider their overwhelming support of Democratic candidates in the the next election.

    • American

      Maybe American Jews who are more loyal to Israel should get the heck out of the US. 🙂

  • JOHN TRAIN

    If you read Prime Minister Netanyahu’s various statements he, like I’m sure every Israeli, would favor a 2 state solution. The questions include :exactly what it would it look like,and what are the necessary requisites for it to function successfully. One might assess the Palestinian readiness based on the statement that they will accept the existence of a Jewish state “when pigs fly”. Certainly Prime Minister Netanyahu is correct when he says that there should not be a Palestinian state while he is Prime Minister (let’s assume another 4 years). He might be correct if he said 15. He might be correct if he said 20. {He might even be correct if he said,–as my Egyptian counterpart stated, that God when asked that question said “not my [God’s] lifetime”.}

    Here, you and others can play a strong role by listing the elements necessary for a Palestinian state. in short form it is “peace and security”. If I were to start drawing up the elements necessary, I would include several key items. Here is one for a start.

    Unlimited right of “close settlement” on the West Bank and Jerusalem for Jews from anywhere in the world. Jews would be able to purchase property and reside anywhere with full legal protection of their property rights and their personal safety . This will require a fully functioning “rule of law” including the court system; land ownership legal codes” a functioning registration office; a functioning police and/or other security force; etc. Citizenship in the sovereignty governing the specific geographic area might be offered to the resident. If not, then permanent residency status with full civil rights should be guaranteed. If the resident is Jewish and if the sovereignty is not Israel ,then at Israel’s discretion, the resident might be offered Israeli citizenship. The resident might also have dual citizenship.

    In all cases I would not automatically grant citizenship to anyone. If the area sovereignty is Israel and the resident is Jewish I would require a loyalty oath and a willingness to serve in the IDF, to pay taxes, to recognize Israeli government sovereignty, etc.. If the Jewish settler is there for “religious purposes” he can function on the religious level and not be a citizen with its obligations and privileges. If the resident is Arab and the sovereignty is Israel then Israel can set the requirements for Israeli citizenship as to loyalty to the state of Israel; serving in the IDF or some other form of National Service; paying taxes etc. Similar arrangements and options can be worked out for Jewish residents and Arab residents of some “Arab sovereignty area”. The bottom line is that residency and property ownership are independent of geographic sovereignty.

  • Maurice H

    Obama has changed the demographics of this country. It is now a country of Black, Hispanic, Gays, Lesbians, and others from the Left, so he does not need to suport Israel anymore. This power base must be neutralized for Israel to survive. Shame on Schumer, Feintstein, and Durbin for not saying anything on behalf of Israel!

  • Steve Loeb

    Obama making every effort to undo Jewish support for Democrats for decades to come. I’m sure Hillary will thank you

    • American

      Hillary is a Zionist shill. Who cares what she may think?

  • defiantjewess

    Obama is a wretched Jew hater, and he has made it so that no Jews can be part of the Democratic party. He has made Israel a partisan issue herein the states. His divisiveness is appalling. Jews need to pressure Congress reps to stop this. I will contact Debbie Wasserman Shultz this week. Hoping to meet her when in DC

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