Obama Does Bibi a Big Favor

By Jeffrey Goldberg

News from the United Nations:

The United States on Friday voted against a United Nations Security Council draft resolution that would have condemned Israeli settlements as illegal. The veto by the U.S., a permanent council member, prevented the resolution from being adopted.

The other 14 Security Council members voted in favor of the draft resolution. But the U.S., as one of five permanent council members with the power to block any action by the Security Council, struck it down.

Three quick observations:
1) All of you who tell me, when I'm giving speeches or speaking on panels, that President Obama is an enemy of Israel, could you please stop your nonsense for a while? Thank you.

2) It would be very nice if Prime Minister Netanyahu would reciprocate this enormous show of good will and confidence, by, oh, stopping settlement growth. Here are some other things Bibi could do.

3) Why couldn't the U.S. convince the Palestinians to withdraw this resolution in the first place? Don't we fund the Palestinian Authority government? This resolution, while emotionally satisfying to Palestinians, achieved nothing, except annoying the two countries -- Israel and the U.S. -- that the Palestinians most need to bring about the creation of a state.

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