With less than a month left in office, US President Barack Obama finally showed his true face toward Israel by refusing to veto an anti-Israel resolution at the UN Security Council.
That was how a senior Israeli government official described Obama’s stunning departure from US policy.
The resolution passed by a vote of 14–0, with the US abstaining. It demanded Israel stop allowing Jews to live in the so-called West Bank and the eastern side of Jerusalem.
The US has traditionally vetoed all such resolutions. Obama’s failure to do so was seen as a final jab at his Israeli rival, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“This is the last sting from President Obama. An act that revealed the true face of the Obama administration,” the Israeli official told local media. “Now the world can see what we have been facing for the past eight years.”
Both Israel and the US Congress have threatened to respond by cutting funding to the United Nations, and aid to the nations that promoted the resolution.
While it does not carry any immediate ramifications, the resolution could result in a new wave of lawsuits and sanctions against Israel and those Israelis who live in the biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria.