Showing just whose side he’s on, Pres. Obama’s chief diplomatic representative to the PA threatened a full cut-off of U.S. aid unless the Palestinians dropped next month’s bid for statehood in the UN. The diplomat said:
“If the Palestinian Authority insists on going to the Security Council, the U.S. will use the veto,” he told Erekat during a meeting in the West Bank city of Jericho, according to a statement issued by Erekat’s office.
“And in case the Palestinian Authority seeks to upgrade its position at the UN through the General Assembly, the U.S. Congress will take punitive measures against it, including a cut in U.S. aid,” he said.
Good to know who your friends are and aren’t. If you’re Bibi Netanyahu, Obama’s your best friend. If you’re the PA, Obama’s your enemy. So much for a fair, balanced U.S. policy toward the conflict.
The Obama administration is one of the few I can remember which actually will vote at least twice in the UN against policies it specifically supports. Earlier, it vetoed a resolution criticizing Israeli settlements, which it opposes. Next month, it will veto a resolution endorsing Palestinian statehood, which the U.S. supports…supposedly.
It makes you wonder whether the U.S. truly does support Palestinian statehood. Or whether it supports some vague category of statehood solely on Israel’s terms and solely as defined by Israel’s interests. There can be little doubt that current U.S. policy is held captive by Likudist pro-Israel forces in this country. There should be no doubt that U.S. policy is dead as a door nail.