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Leading Columnist: Clinton Supporters Must Call on Her to Ensure Obama Refrains From Any Diplomatic Moves Against Israel Before January

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Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama during a 2009 meeting. Photo: The Official White House Photostream (Pete Souza).

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama during a 2009 meeting. Photo: The Official White House Photostream (Pete Souza) via Wikimedia Commons.

Hillary Clinton supporters must call on the Democratic presidential nominee to ensure President Barack Obama refrains from making any diplomatic moves against Israel during the remainder of his time in office, a prominent conservative columnist said on Thursday.

The publication of Charles Krauthammer’s Washington Post op-ed came against a backdrop of growing concerns that Obama might not protect Israel at the United Nations during the lame-duck period between the presidential election on Nov. 8 and the inauguration of Obama’s successor on Jan. 20.

“Soon Obama will be free to deliver a devastating parting shot to Israel and to the prime minister he detests,” Krauthammer warned. According to Krauthammer, only Clinton could thwart Obama from taking such action.

Earlier this week, internationally-renowned legal expert Alan Dershowitz — who has said he will vote for Clinton — wrote in the Boston Globe that Obama “should resist any temptation to change longstanding American policy — that only direct negotiations between the parties will achieve a lasting peace — during his final weeks in office.”

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Furthermore, Dershowitz said, Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump should announce their positions on “whether the United States should support or veto a Security Council Resolution that would tie their hands were they to be elected president.”

In a video interview with the Wall Street Journal published on Thursday, Jonathan Schanzer — vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) think tank in Washington, DC — said Obama was considering six different “punitive measures” aimed at “score settling” with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama’s choices, Schanzer said, range from “recognizing a Palestinian state to a UN Security Council resolution that details parameters for the peace process, or perhaps I think even more likely a UN Security Council resolution against settlements.”

“If those fail,” Schanzer continued, “then we think that there could be a Rose Garden speech or some other parameters speech that the president delivers in the last several months of his presidency. They’re also apparently weighing the option of sanctions, or at least barring organizations that support settlements through IRS regulations.”

If Obama moves ahead with any of these moves and Clinton wins the election, Schanzer said, “it will appear as if this was done with her acknowledgement, with her acceptance. And of course if Mr. Trump wins, this would be a way to sort of trip him up right from the beginning in terms of reestablishing ties with Israel.”

On Saturday, the Zionist Organization of America will publish a full-page ad in the New York Times that will urge the US to veto any UN Security Council resolution related to Palestinian statehood or Israeli settlement construction.

Meanwhile, in a CNN podcast conversation with former top Obama adviser David Axelrod this week, Secretary of State John Kerry declined to rule out the possibility of a new Obama-led Israeli-Palestinian peace drive being launched in the coming months.

“I think we want to encourage the preservation of a two-state solution and our first choice is to try to do that with the government, with the prime minister [of Israel],” Kerry said. “I think President Obama is very, very concerned that, increasingly, pressure is being put on the capacity to hold onto that two-state effort.”

Regarding Israeli settlement construction, Kerry said, “I’m not going to get into intent, but the fact is that it is a problem and it runs contrary to American policy under Republican and Democratic presidents.”

Earlier this month, The Weekly Standard reported the Obama administration was “manufacturing a crisis” over settlement construction to exert diplomatic pressure on Israel ahead of an end-of-term peace push.

In early October, Malcolm Hoenlein — executive vice president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations — told The Algemeiner he had “some concerns about what Obama and others may do” regarding the Israeli-Palestinian peace process before January.

“This is based on things I heard from him a year ago about his priorities and the understandable importance of his legacy to him,” Hoenlein said. “And I listen to his speeches and I have seen some of the harsh statements that are being issued…about Israeli settlement policies. The language being used is much stronger than we’ve seen in the past and I’m afraid that this could be indicative of what a forthcoming UN Security Council resolution against settlements, or something that goes even further, might look like.”

In an interview with The Algemeiner last month, FDD President Clifford D. May said there was significant bipartisan concern in Washington that Obama “won’t have Israel’s back” at the UN after the November election.

May spoke with The Algemeiner a day after 88 US senators sent a letter to Obama urging him to veto any one-sided UN resolutions regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which, he warned, “would be damaging not just to Israel, but to any possibility of peace in the near future.”

Former State Department Middle East negotiator Aaron David Miller predicted for The Algemeiner last month that Obama “will likely do something” in the Israeli-Palestinian realm before his term in office is complete.

“I can’t imagine that the president, let alone John Kerry, will be able to leave this one alone,” Miller said.

In August, as reported by The Algemeiner, Netanyahu expressed concerns to a visiting bipartisan delegation of US foreign policy experts about a potential Obama-led peace initiative.

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  • bertha yellowfinch

    Israel’s latest mistake is attempting to wheedle into our elections. It’s always one thing after another when it comes to Israel and everyone is sick of their mischief.

    • Isahiah62

      you have that story 100% backwards – it was Obama who meddled in BIBI’s re-election…

  • Soon UNESCO will pass a resolution that the Vatican is not Christian, do you think it will be accepted? After all the Muslims are forcing all Christians to leave their countries.

    I think most educated people know the truth. UNESCO and UN resolutions are paper documents that have less value than toilet paper. The UN and its agencies are building up to their own demise, which is coming soon.
    YJ Draiman

  • SaciPerere

    Earlier this week, internationally-renowned legal expert Alan Dershowitz — who has said he will vote for Clinton …

    Twice he voted fpr Obama and look at what he has reaped.
    Is he such an expert that he will subject the US to the likes of the Clinton family again?

    • kochava

      Bill Clinton was the best president since Kennedy. After 8 years in office, his economic policies erased the debt. Trump will spiral the US economy into bankruptcy in a year.

  • Ted Crawford

    Any of the options mentioned in the above article would not be a “Obama-led peace initiative”, but a diplomatic war initiative. That is what the muslim Palestinian Arabs want, and with their present attitude toward Israel and Jews in general, they are not ready to be a viable peace partner. This they have and continue to demonstrate this. It’s going to take nothing short of a fundamental change of heart on the part of the muslim Palestinian Arabs to get anywhere with the “2-state solution”. Oh, and, Mr. Dershowitz; the US presidential candidate you vote for is your business, not ours.

  • Kish Mirtuches

    Obama would be a fool to antagonize the American Jewish community over his childish dislike for Netanyahu by punishing Israel (for no legal reason spelled out in Oslo) at the UN. Of all the peoples in the Middle East, the Jews are the most productive and stabilizing, by a lot. American Jews have supported American blacks for a very long time in advancing and protecting black civil rights. If that is how Obama wants to thank Jews for helping “his” people, then he is far dumber than his foreign policy accomplishments show him to be. But nothing would surprise. If it happens, Israel will push back in no uncertain terms, and the petulant President will push people further apart than he has already done.

    • don silvester

      F U hi me

  • Isahiah62

    Krauthammer supports HILLARY and knows full well, she does intend to complete the work of Obama, that she signed onto as SOS. (She calls Israel an occupier same as Gazans do)

    This is a pathetic attempt to prevent HRC from losing JEWISH MONEY, which she seems to LOVE. Actual JEWs? not so much.

    And votes. A request for the continued dhimmi-duping of the USA Jews who are so indoctrinated they will vote for this anti-Israel cabal of crooks on the take from Muslims.

    Kraut your endorsement, your insane hatred of TRUMP who is 100% pro-Israel and PRO-USA being too strong to mess with has made me lose the respect I used to have for your opinion.

    When some of us promised.. NEVER AGAIN.. we meant it- too bad you surrendered & submitted.