Of course, days later, the President walked away from this moral commitment he had made and surrendered America's historic leadership role in the World leading to the literal destruction of hundreds of thousands more Syrians and the refugee crisis that affects our world and our politics and will for years to come.
Now, in the last 30 days of his Administration, this most lame duck of lame duck Presidents in an act of what can only be described as settling the score with the Prime Minister of Israel, reversing decades of United States Presidents standing up for its ally, our beloved Israel, by vetoing United Nations resolutions that would place Israel in the crosshairs of its enemies while doing nothing to further any efforts at peace, abstained from a UN resolution proferred by the Palestinians in their effort to isolate Israel. There is no other rational justification for the President's mandated abstention and there is no denying the reality that this refusal to veto is wholly inconsistent with the President's own words on an almost identical Resolution as he authorized its veto just a few years ago.
Since its creation with the historic support of President Harry Truman, no matter the infrequent policy or personal issues that a succession of Presidents may have had with leaders of Israel from time-to-time, no President...not one...ever abandoned the State of Israel, the People of Israel, as this President did in one abstention. This is not to argue with those who have already asserted, correctly, that no President has supported Israel's defense as did President Obama -- the Iron Dome, the largest defense authorization in history, the delivery of the F-35s -- it is to state that no President in history had offered more succor to Israel's enemies than did this one in a single abstention.
Every student of history is aware that, no matter one's cynicism about whether or not this Israeli Government will negotiate peace, there can be no argument that, unlike Egypt or Jordan, those in leadership of the Palestinians have slapped away Israel's outreaching hand every time it has been offered -- most recently when the Netanyahu government halted any and all settlement construction for months and Abbas and his henchmen refused to even enter negotiations during the suspension. And the Obama administration...silent. And few should doubt that Israel has no "partner for peace"...period.
In Dennis Ross's brilliant 2016 history, Doomed to Succeed, he made the case that in fact, over the decades since the first development was constructed in Judea and Samaria, contrary to the mantra, settlements have not been "an obstacle to peace;" not even a major point in negotiations with Arab Governments and the United States. This President is certainly smart enough and enough of a student of history to know that to be true. Yet, in retrospect, one can draw an almost straight line from Obama's Cairo Speech in June 2009 through this UN abstention -- a line that might have been scored in bold thanks to the obvious friction and personal animus between the President and the Prime Minister -- an animus well-earned in the Iran Deal and the Trump outreach, if not at other times over the past 8 years.
But we Americans expect our President to act in a manner at all times consistent with American values, not out of pique or personal frustration. And we have reason to expect our President to act consistent with his own words. In abstaining on this Resolution, President Obama has abandoned the high moral position he, in his arrogance, constantly claims to be his, America's friends around the world be damned.
Friends, in this writer's view, it is not alone that President Obama abandoned Israel in this single act of abstention, it is that he as well abandoned America's historic support of the only democracy in the Middle East and in doing so, abandoned the moral imperative that has been our country's. Senator Schumer has certainly said it well:
"Extremely frustrating, disappointing & confounding that the Administration has failed to veto the UN resolution.""Confounding" indeed.
A sad, sad moment.