Arutz Sheva: US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman spoke on Thursday evening at the Israel Hayom Forum for US-Israel Relations in Jerusalem
Discussing the previous American administration, Friedman said that when former President Barack Obama ended his term in 2016, his administration “left a parting gift; I would say parting betrayal to the State of Israel. UN Resolution 2234, which deemed all of Judea and Samaria, all of Jerusalem… all of it was deemed to be illegally occupied territory.”
“That resolution was a lie. I wish there was a better word, but there really isn’t.” more …
Opinion: 1st term:
May 3, 2009, Barack Obama Invited the previously banned Muslim Brotherhood, patron of al Qaeda, Hamas and Islamic Jihad to his Cairo speech.
On May 19, 2011, President Obama stood with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington D.C. and declared that in the interest of peace between Israel and the Arabs, Israel should give back all land captured in the Six Day War of 1967, setting off a stunned Netanyahu to openly scold the president.
The remainder of Obama’s 1st term showed the president’s open contempt for Netanyahu.
2013-2014: John Kerry began direct negotiations for peace between Israel and the Palestinians that ended in failure. In summer 2014, a war with Hamas called Operation Protective Edge broke out with over 2500 rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel.
The Obama State Department expressed moral equivalence in calling for both sides to use restraint despite the obvious Hamas provocation.
The 2015 Iran nuclear deal further deteriorated the Obama/Netanyahu relationship. On March 3, 2015 Netanyahu gave a scathing rebuke of the Iran deal to Congress. In defiance, President Obama and 35 Democrats refused to attend the speech.
On September 10, 2015, the State of Palestine flag was raised at UN Headquarters. No words of protest came from the US president.
On September 30, 2016, President Obama spoke at the funeral of former Prime Minister Shimon Peres. A transcript released from the White House listed the location of the speech as:
Hours later a corrected transcript showed the location as:
The following series of moves by the Obama/Kerry team, in conjunction with the United Nations and the Vatican, led to the carefully orchestrated UN Security Council vote:
December 23, 2016, President Obama instructs Samantha Power to abstain, as 14 members of the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2334:
- That Israel′s settlement activity constitutes a “flagrant violation” of international law and has “no legal validity”
- It further demands that Israel stop such activity and fulfill its obligations as an occupying power under the Fourth Geneva Convention
Ambassador Freidman has it exactly right.