Obama’s parting shot as he steps down from the Presidency is causing ripples across the country. The UN Security Council passed resolution 2334 that put pressure on Israel and Palestine to reach peace along the settlement that split Israel and Palestine. The US abstained on the vote.
Some points of the Resolution include:
Ukraine President Petro Porenshenko after talking with Vice President Joe Biden, ruled in favor of a vote that handicaps Israel. Ukraine voted for UN resolution 2334, declaring it an attempt to normalize relations between Israel and Palestine. But Israel sees it as backstabbing from their closest ally, the United States. Because the USA is one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, their veto power holds more weight. If President Obama did not support the passage of the resolution, he would have directed it to be vetoed. In essence, his vote of “present” was a vote against Israel.
Prime Minister did not take too kindly to the shot across the bow. He said:
“As I told [Secretary of State] John Kerry on Thursday, friends don’t take friends to the Security Council,” Netanyahu said.
The UN Security Council is one of the six permanent groups of the United Nations. It is responsible for keeping the international peace through authorization of peacekeeping operations, international sanctions, and it can also authorize military intervention. It is the only arm of the UN that can issue binding resolutions to members. There are 15 members of the Security Council; 5 permanent members (China, USA, Russia, France and the UK) and 10 members that rotate on a 2-year basis. When UN Res. 2334 was put to a vote 14 members voted for it including the Ukraine, while the USA abstained from voting – a departure from their staunch support of our Middle Eastern ally.
This move was condemned by many as a rogue act by departing President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. House Republicans slammed the move as shameful and distasteful and threatened to pull funding from the UN.
“This provocative action by the United Nations is an outrage and must be dealt with sternly and forcefully,” said South Carolina Republican [Lindsay Graham], who chairs a subcommittee that oversees funding to the organization. The United States is currently responsible for approximately 22 percent of the United Nations total budget.
“The Obama-Kerry foreign policy has gone from naïve and foolish to flat-out reckless,” he added. “With friends like these, Israel doesn’t need any enemies.”
Texas Senator Ted Cruz said he supported Graham’s call to strip the UN of federal funding “and reconsider aid to countries if they fail to join our opposition.”