Obama was right to refrain from vetoing U.N. resolution
In Douglas Turner’s Jan. 2 column, he criticized President Obama for directing his ambassador “to the United Nations Security Council to refrain from vetoing a virulently anti-Semitic resolution condemning Israel for unilaterally opposing a peace agreement with the Palestinians.”
“Virulently anti-Semitic resolution”? The strongest people in supporting the Palestinians against Israeli settlers have been Jewish activists in America and Israel.
On Dec. 6, 2008, Uri Avnery, a former member of Israel’s Knesset, sent a memo to President-elect Obama urging him to struggle toward an Israeli-Palestinian peace. “All the settlements are illegal in international law” and “hence peace is impossible.”
A Pew survey shows that 44 percent of Jewish Americans believe that the Israeli settlements are hurting Israel’s security as opposed to 17 percent who believe that they help its security. In February 2015, over 500 rabbis from America, Israel, Britain and Canada denounced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for demolishing Palestinian homes for Jewish settlements, violating “international law and Jewish tradition.”
When Obama refrained from vetoing to protect Israeli settlements, he allowed the other 14 voters to pass the U.N. resolution condemning Israeli settlements, “a power message to the Jewish state” and to the world, according to Greg Slabodkin, a former researcher for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.