WHAT ELSE IS NEW: Team Obama is throwing Israel to the diplomatic wolves
President Obama’s determination to turn America into just another one of the United Nations’ 193 members sends a clear message to Israel: You’re on your own. And nowhere was that more obvious than at last week’s UN General Assembly in New York — or its follow-up: this weekend’s stabbing and shooting spree that left four Israelis dead, with more violence sure to come.
Striving for relevance at Turtle Bay’s annual gabfest, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rallied the pro-Palestinian faithful by highlighting imaginary Israeli violations of religious rights in Jerusalem. Thedeadly anti-Jewish violence that followed was utterly predictable.
Can America help? Only if we change diplomatic course.
For now, Washington has stopped pressing Abbas to deal with Israel. Secretary of State John Kerry recentlynixed a planned meeting between Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Instead, America increasingly allows a UN gang-up on Israel. There, naturally, Netanyahu is pushed to make concessions to the Palestinians even as Abbas emptily declares he’d end all past agreements with the Jewish state.
America’s sensibilities now increasingly resemble Turtle Bay’s. Last week, Obama said we can no longer “solve the world’s problems alone,” so we’ll coordinate everything with the international community (in which the United States, at best, will strive to be an organizer).
Israel, meanwhile, drifts away from that community. As America shuns the image of Sheriff Will Kane in “High Noon,” it was up to Netanyahu to be Gary Cooper’s strong, silent type. Addressing the UN General Assembly Thursday, he scolded the dignitaries for refusing to stand up to bad guys, indicating he’d save himself and them — if necessary, all by his lonesome. And he gave them a now-famous 44-second silent treatment.
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