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December 27, 2016 4:48 pm

Top US Jewish Leader: Obama Administration Might Take ‘Further Damaging Step’ Against Israel Before Trump Inauguration

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Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman and CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Photo: YouTube screenshot.

Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman and CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Photo: YouTube screenshot.

After the passage of an anti-settlement UN Security Council resolution last week, it is possible the Obama administration will take a “further damaging step” against Israel before President-elect Donald Trump takes office next month, a top US Jewish leader told The Algemeiner on Tuesday.

“We need to prepare for every option,” Malcolm Hoenlein — the executive vice chairman and CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations — said.

Of particular concern, Hoenlein noted, is an upcoming French-sponsored international conference on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process — set to be held in Paris on Jan. 15.

“That could produce a document that could then be brought to the Security Council for an immediate vote,” Hoenlein cautioned. “There could also be a Quartet meeting in Paris or elsewhere and they could come up with a framework or plan that could be presented to the Security Council. The US had opposed the French initiative, but may now embrace it. In addition, Sweden is taking the chair of the Security Council [on Jan. 1] and has said repeatedly that it wanted to pass the [anti-settlement] resolution during its tenure, and it may seek to pass an additional one.”

“I don’t believe there’ll be a resolution creating a Palestinian state, but there could be one laying out the parameters of what an agreement would look like,” Hoenlein went on to say. “This would further preempt the chance for any real direct negotiations.”

Furthermore, Hoenlein said, US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected deliver a speech on the Israeli-Palestinian issue in the near future and “there could also be an address by the president laying out his record on Israel and his view of an agreement.”

In terms of thwarting any such potential moves, Hoenlein said, “Messages from members of Congress about the price the UN will pay are important. Also, I think the across-the-board response [to last week’s resolution], with many Democratic senators expressing themselves in very strong ways, sent a powerful message to the Obama administration about any additional steps.”

Trump, Hoenlein pointed out, “has weighed in, but I hope he will send strong messages or at least put down markers, so that countries will think twice about the price that would be paid for continued provocations. This resolution, in fact, limits the prospects for his administration.”

Looking ahead to the post-Obama era, Hoenlein said, “We can’t rescind the resolution, but we have to work to, for instance, stop the Palestinians from going to the International Criminal Court, which the US has helped prevent in the past. We have to try to limit the damage until other measures can be considered that would counteract the resolution.”

“There are a lot of other things being contemplated, whether it’s country-specific actions or things of a more general nature, that have to be carefully considered, and we have to think both about the impact and the backlash,” he continued. “This is not something you just rush into. It shouldn’t be an emotional response.”

Also, Hoenlein stated, “We need to reiterate the facts and do much more to assert the legitimacy of Israel’s position.”

Recalling last week’s events, Hoenlein said, “We had heard in the days before [the vote] that there was a possibility of a US abstention and increasingly it became a likelihood, although we worked until the last minute for that not to be the case. I can tell you that some key members of the administration involved in foreign affairs, were not clued in and did not know Friday morning what the decision would be. This was kept within a very closed circle, primarily in the White House around President Obama. However, Secretary Kerry is reported to have promoted the resolution for some time.”

“The ramifications of this will be with us for a long time,” Hoenlein emphasized. “This could be on par with the ‘Zionism is racism’ resolution, but this is in the Security Council, not the General Assembly. It really carries potentially serious implications.”

The US abstention, according to Hoenlein, marked a “betrayal of the fundamentals of the special relationship and President Obama’s own promises he made during his tenure including that he would protect Israel at the UN and not leave it isolated. This will tarnish President Obama’s legacy. For those who felt all along that he was hostile to Israel, this will be seen as vindicating their view, and for many others who did not share that outlook, they are now very critical.”

Obama’s presidency, Hoenlein added, will be “book ended by the unfortunate, misinformed and even counterproductive speech in Cairo and the vote at the UN.”

Regarding the reaction of American Jews to the Security Council vote, Hoenlein said, “People are frustrated and many are angry. These feelings are very widespread in the Jewish community, probably much more than the Obama administration anticipated. It was such a public affront and went so far that even those who were not generally settlement supporters came out against the resolution.”

With 2016 coming to an end and Inauguration Day approaching, Hoenlein said, “The most pressing issue facing all of us is still Iran and its growing regional aggressiveness and expanding footprint. It remains a threat to Israel, the entire region and the whole world.”

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  • 1922, a joint resolution of both Houses of Congress of the United States unanimously endorsed the “Mandate for Palestine,”
    The U.S. Congress in 1922
    On June 30, 1922, a joint resolution of both Houses of Congress of the United States unanimously endorsed the “Mandate for Palestine,” confirming the irrevocable right of Jews to settle in the area of Palestine—anywhere between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea:
    “Favoring the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.
    “Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled. That the United States of America favors the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which should prejudice the civil and religious rights of Christian and all other non-Jewish communities in Palestine, and that the holy places and religious buildings and sites in Palestine shall be adequately protected.” [italics in the original]
    On September 21, 1922, the then President Warren G. Harding signed the joint resolution of approval to establish a Jewish National Home in Palestine.
    Here is how members of congress expressed their support for the creation of a National Home for the Jewish people in Palestine – Eretz-Israel (Selective text read from the floor of the U.S. Congress by the Congressman from New York on June 30, 1922). All quotes included in this document are taken verbatim from the given source.
    JUNE 30, 1922
    (Rept. NO. 1172)

    Representative Walter M. Chandler from New York – I want to make at this time, Mr. Speaker and gentlemen of the House, my attitude and views upon the Arab question in Palestine very clear and emphatic. I am in favor of carrying out one of the three following policies, to be preferred in the order in which they are named:
    (1) That the Arabs shall be permitted to remain in Palestine under Jewish government and domination, and with their civil and religious rights guaranteed to them through the British mandate and under terms of the Balfour declaration.
    (2) That if they will not consent to Jewish government and domination, they shall be required to sell their lands at a just valuation and retire into the Arab territory which has been assigned to them by the League of Nations in the general reconstruction of the countries of the east.
    (3) That if they will not consent to Jewish government and domination, under conditions of right and justice, or to sell their lands at a just valuation and to retire into their own countries, they shall be driven from Palestine by force.

  • manderso

    Of course, he should have just left Israel to keep building on Palestinian land, slowly of course, the land is cheap.

  • Michael Barnett Radovsky

    Thanks for your support. You are smarter than a lot of Americans.

  • Michael Barnett Radovsky

    Only the assimilated reform Jews voted for Obama and Clinton. Most American Jews (except the Orthodox) are DemocRAT, and just out of misguided principles and loyalty to that party they refuse to believe who and what policies they are supporting. If Hitler (yemach shemo) ran as a DemocRAT they would vote for him. Orthodox Jews knew what Obama was about before he was elected the first time. Obama is an anti-Semitic race baiting half black, half white trailer trash, and 100% Muslim who was born in Kenya and is illegally “occupying” the WH. All of his actions have been treasonous and he should have been arrested and charged and imprisoned years ago for his crimes. He is a fraud and so are the government members who knew his foreign and Muslim background and put him up for office to suit their NWO agenda.

  • Michael Barnett Radovsky

    Unbelievable that the ignorant people elected a Muslim to lead the US at the worst time of Islamic terrorism, especially all of the assimilated “politically correct” Jews who voted for him (especially twice) because they wanted to be seen as progressive by thinking that they were electing the first black “American” president, and if you didn’t vote for him you were a racist and a bigot. He was elected because of the color of his skin even though he was never qualified to be POTUS. He was never properly vetted and came out of nowhere. He was groomed by the anti-Semitic Muslim supporting liberals and Democrats who are funded by the self-hating Jew Soros. Obama was most likely planted as a “sleeper” and was groomed to be put in office to bring down the US and Israel and to create all of the chaos that is happening all around the world. He has succeeded with his “change” that he promised.

  • Michael Barnett Radovsky

    Plus Earnest, Obama, Powers, and Clinton makes 7 times Pinocchio.

  • Michael Barnett Radovsky

    All US funding to the UN should be cut and the UN should be kicked out of the US. The UN building would make a great apartment building for homeless vets who have been ignored for 8 years under Obama’s pro-Muslim, pro-LGBTQI, and anti-American policies. Giving money to the UN is a huge waste and could be better used to help the poor LEGAL American citizens. Giving money to the UN is like flushing it down the toilet.

  • Michael Barnett Radovsky

    Israel should stop paying all funds to the UN and cancel her membership to this biased gang of Israel bashing bullies, and should tell the UN straight out very clearly in no uncertain terms that Israel is not obligated to “obey” any resolutions that the anti-Semitic organization of Muslim terrorist supporters pass. Israel should also boycott all countries that vote against her and should stop all humanitarian aid and programs to these backstabbing countries. Let them all go to the Arabs for their technology, medicines, and anything else they need. Israel should stop being “holier than thou” with helping enemies that want to destroy Israel but are happy taking advantage of the highly advanced technology that Israel has.

  • Victor Hafichuk

    As a Muslim, Obama would love nothing better than to set two large infidel nations against one another – the US and Russia? That is His religious/political desire. As well, his proud, narcissistic personality is one of vengeance against those who oppose or differ with him.

    I DO NOT UNDERSTAND how the entire country can permit this fellow to do as he pleases as President. His conduct and exercise of power is so bizarre and outrageous. It’s like a kid in the house having access to a gun closet with loaded rifles ready for firing.

  • hoptoit27

    The major Jewish organization are now speaking up against the UN resolution. They are many months and years short in defending Israel. They are complicate in their support of Obama for the last 8 years. The 24% of Jews who voted for Trump are the blue collar Jews.

  • Peter

    Hoenlein, you and all the rest of the STUPID Jews that voted and supported OBAMA for the last 8 years where too blind to see who OBAMA really is, Shame on you all for being fooled by a MUSLIM deskside as a Christian!!!!

  • tiki

    For Obama it will end with a dumb speech & vile vote, while the people in the neighborhood have to live with the consequences of this disaster president who leaves a polarized world with millions of dead, maimed & wounded, millions of refugees, terror terrorizing the planet and the poor getting poorer while the president was playing golf or making appearances on talk shows.