U.S. ambassador to UN says ‘huge part’ of her work is defending Israel

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How reassuring it is that the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations spends a lot of her time defending Israel.

The JTA reports:

Susan Rice said a major part of her work as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is defending Israel’s legitimacy.

“It’s a huge part of my work to the United Nations,” Rice said Sunday evening, launching this year’s Consultation on Conscience, an event in Washington for Reform movement social activists organized by the Religious Action Center.

She likened the volume of work to her efforts to coordinate Syria’s isolation and contain violence and abuses in Sudan.

Rice said she often works in “lockstep” with the Israeli delegation.

“We will not rest in the crucial work of defending Israel’s security and legitimacy every day at the United Nations,” she said.

Rice said Israel’s success at the United Nations often is not reported — for instance in joining the boards of the U.N. Development Program and UNICEF, and in advancing development initiatives.

One thing to note, as Rice does, is that Israel does cooperate at times with the UN–not that that always turns out to be a good thing. Who could forget the Orwellian press conference on UNICEF’s damning report Children in Israeli Military Detention where reporters couldn’t film or quote officials? Where UNICEF’s Jerusalem chief Jean Gough publicly thanked Israel for trying children under a separate and unequal apartheid legal system?

And perhaps there’s a good reason why Israel’s “success” at the United Nations is often not reported: it doesn’t spell success for the rest of us. Instead of working in “lockstep” with Israel’s delegation at the UN to defend the indefensible, the US should be concerned with its own legitimacy–because Israel’s is in the gutter.

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  1. Citizen
    April 25, 2013, 1:08 pm

    Agreed. Gee, what a surprise, our mainstream media did not find Rice’s statement worthy of discussion. She says she’s also spending a lot of time “coordinating Syria’s isolation.” So, check this out:

    Eli Clifton
    ‏@EliClifton
    Minutes after announcement that Syria used chem weapons, AIPAC sends fundraising email warning about ‘Syria in chaos’ pic.twitter.com/D5ClcDT51d
    If that doesn’t work, try this: link to twitter.com

    How many clues do Dick and Jane need to decipher that America’s foreign policy is being run by a tiny state the size of NJ via AIPAC orchestration of the Jewish Establishment in the USA?

  2. Les
    April 25, 2013, 1:31 pm

    Someone should ask of Congress and the White House why it is that Israel gets to pick America’s enemies, i.e., Palestinians, Arabs, Iranians, Muslims.

    • Citizen
      April 26, 2013, 1:48 pm

      @ Les,
      The reply would be startled denial, everytime someone so asked.

  3. seafoid
    April 25, 2013, 2:25 pm

    “We will not rest in the crucial work of defending Israel’s security and legitimacy every day at the United Nations,” she said.”

    One day they will. One day it will be a no brainer. But Israel will probably have done something truly dreadful to get even Fox opinion turned against it.

    • American
      April 25, 2013, 5:19 pm

      Hum…had a 2 hour car trip yesterday a.m. so listened to ‘hate talk’ radio while driving.
      Caught Rush’s program and while he was ranting on something a (Jewish)lady (who sounded elderly) called in and went on about poor Israel and the Jews and how the world wasn ‘t protecting the Jews from the terrier Arabs and how Jews always got the blame and why didn’t the US bomb Iran and so on.
      Rush brushed her off and ended the call….didn’t use her rant to elaborate on radical Muslims and etc..
      I found that odd….I was expecting him to use her tirade to launch an attack on all things Arab and Muslim.

  4. K Renner
    April 25, 2013, 2:27 pm

    Susan rice is pathetic. US congress is pathetic.

    I remember reading about how half of congress (either that or senate) was having a collective aneurism because Keith Ellison choose to place his hand on the Quran whilst being sworn into his office.

    The cheerleaders of the “outrage” over this were of course the heads of the Zionist pack in America.

  5. pabelmont
    April 25, 2013, 2:32 pm

    It’s only re4sonable that rice spends most of her time working for Israel. Gee, gotta do somwething in your spare time, and the USA is so big it gets wg=hat it needs without UN intervention.

    Do wish she’d spend some time announcing that, since Israel’s “legitimacy” was finally and permanently established, she was not going to spend any more time defending it, allowing her time to work to correct Israel’s sad lapses of judgment, its stumbling baby steps on the path toward grown-up-edness in the international area, you know, like its 45 year old settlement project. And its apartheid system, something that the USA is hard-pressed to describe accurately whilst declaring that USA’s and Israel’s interests and values are identical.

    • cincykid77
      April 25, 2013, 3:21 pm

      Do you even know what is meant by the term apartheid? If you would, you’d realize how ridiculous it is to place that word in the same sentence with the word “Israel”. Israel has Arab/Muslim representation in its government; Israeli Arabs work in the same places, shop in the same stores, drive on the same roads, go to the same doctors/hospitals, as any other Israeli citizen. The situation in the West Bank is different because they want their own state, right? Having your own state means separation, does it not? Mexicans just can’t freely drive on American roads – so does that make America an apartheid state?

      • Bumblebye
        April 25, 2013, 3:51 pm

        Here, sillykid77, check out this link for some of the deliberately discriminatory laws against Palestinians *in* Israel, and then in occupied Palestine:
        link to angryarabscommentsection.blogspot.co.uk

        “Mexicans just can’t freely drive on American roads” So explain why Israelis get to drive on ethnically cleansed roads in Palestine? Anyhoo, if you were a Mexican in the US, what the heck is there to stop you driving on American roads? Do Americans get to drive on ethnically cleansed roads in Mexico?

        Silly hasbara troll.

      • tree
        April 25, 2013, 5:15 pm

        Mexicans just can’t freely drive on American roads – so does that make America an apartheid state?

        So not only are you poorly informed about Israel, you don’t know your head from a hole in the wall about the US. Any foreign citizen traveling in the US can legally drive here as long as they have a driver’s license from their home country, and in some states there is a further requirement to have an International Driver’s Permit, issued in their home country, which is merely a translation of one’s original driver’s license.

        So, yes, Mexican nationals can freely drive on US roads. What would be an equivalence to the situation in Israel/West Bank would be roads in Mexico which were designated as “US citizens only” roads, and Mexicans were not permitted to drive on them. There are obviously no such roads in Mexico.

        There are places and towns where Israeli Palestinians are expressly forbidden to live in Israel, and Israel has legalized this apartheid injunction.

      • Dutch
        April 25, 2013, 5:24 pm

        @ cincykid77: ‘[...] because they want their own state, right?’

        Well, news for you, “they” already have their own state, except that it’s occupied by Israël that treats them like shit by means of a cruel apartheid policy. Capito?

      • Donald
        April 25, 2013, 6:17 pm

        “The situation in the West Bank is different because they want their own state, right?”

        The situation is different in the West Bank because there are two sets of people there and two sets of laws–in short, apartheid.

        Most of what people say in defense of Israel is so stupid it’s hard to believe people mean it, but I know they do. You’re right that the situation inside the 67 lines is not “apartheid”–that word is generally used by Israel’s critics to refer to the West Bank, because Israel maintains military control and allows its citizens to settle there, while Palestinians are not allowed to move back inside the 67 borders, though many come from there. Two standards for two peoples imposed at the point of a gun by the stronger party–that’s why the apartheid comparison is apt. Deal with it.

      • talknic
        April 25, 2013, 7:54 pm

        cincykid77 “Do you even know what is meant by the term apartheid?”

        A policy or practice of separating or segregating groups.

        “If you would, you’d realize how ridiculous it is to place that word in the same sentence with the word “Israel”.”?

        Separates men from women at the wall. On buses. Prevents Israeli Palestinians from freely marrying. It has separate towns, separate schools, separate laws, separate buses, separate roads.

        “Israel has Arab/Muslim representation in its government”

        Representation pro rata? Do some simple maths.

        ” The situation in the West Bank…. “

        …where Israeli civil law and settlement are invalid.

        “Having your own state means separation, does it not?”

        Indeed. Israel was separated from Palestine, meaning Israelis have no right to settle in all of Palestine. The Zionist Federation missed opportunity after opportunity. link to wp.me

        “Mexicans just can’t freely drive on American roads – so does that make America an apartheid state?”

        They can. They do every day. Entering and exiting the US at the Mexican border is a dawdle, some just to go shopping. link to nytimes.com

      • ritzl
        April 25, 2013, 8:47 pm

        So your first comment is an antagonistic, factually barren, repeatedly deconstructed, diverging/mixed metaphoric screed directed at a long-time and thoughtful commenter voicing readily apparent/consensus reality?

        Welcome to Mondoweiss, Meat.

      • Blank State
        April 26, 2013, 11:05 pm

        “Mexicans just can’t freely drive on American roads….blablahblah.”

        You gotta be kidding me. Egads, what makes these idiots tick?

  6. eljay
    April 25, 2013, 2:57 pm

    >> Rice said she often works in “goose-step” “lockstep” with the Israeli delegation.

    :-)

  7. pjdude
    April 25, 2013, 3:09 pm

    Am I the only person concerned that an american official is seemingly more concerned protecting the interests of a foreign state( one viewed as a threat to our security by our intell agencies to boot) than actually represent the us and its interests

  8. giladg
    April 25, 2013, 3:20 pm

    How dumb are you Annie? Can you not work out why the UN spends most of its time on Israel? Yes, we heard it before, all the problems in the world are because of the Jews. The simple man likes to believe this. The problems occur when the dumb and the simple combine together. Have you not been able to understand that blaming the Jews, now called Zionists, is a convenient tried and tested method of deflecting from ones own home grown problems. And the UN is more than obliging to offer its platform for bashing Israel. The US is still doing the right thing. The rest of you have gone over the edge.
    You try to equate the Palestinians with Black South Africans. What a joke.

    • Annie Robbins
      April 25, 2013, 3:26 pm

      gilad, please explain why rice is mouthing these zionist fabrications? link to mondoweiss.net
      she’s an attack dog and the truth is irrelevant.

      • DICKERSON3870
        April 25, 2013, 3:57 pm

        RE: “[P]lease explain why rice is mouthing these zionist fabrications?” – Annie

        ANSWER: Because Rice still has dreams of being Secretary of State, perhaps in a Hillary Clinton administration! ! !

        ALSO SEE: “Haim Saban”, by Matthew Yglesias, The Atlantic, June 10, 2007

        [EXCERPT] If you’re interested in the foreign policy views of major Hillary Clinton financial backer Haim Saban, there’s no need to follow the Atrios path of attempting guilt by association with Kenneth Pollack. He [Saban] discussed his views on the Middle East and Persian Gulf region in great detail in a reasonably recent interview with ‘Haaretz':
        “When I see Ahmadinejad, I see Hitler. They speak the same language. His motivation is also clear: the return of the Mahdi is a supreme goal. And for a religious person of deep self-persuasion, that supreme goal is worth the liquidation of five and a half million Jews. We cannot allow ourselves that. Nuclear weapons in the hands of a religious leadership that is convinced that the annihilation of Israel will bring about the emergence of a new Muslim caliphate? Israel cannot allow that. This is no game. It’s truly an existential danger.” . . .

        SOURCE – link to theatlantic.com

      • giladg
        April 25, 2013, 5:42 pm

        Rice believes that Falk is obstructing her (Obama’s) work at the UN. He draws too much negative attention from his extreme comments on Israel. I am not going to list them here as they are well known. Rice is no attack dog for Israel. Obama supports the Palestinians more than he does Israel and it appears that Falk is not helping when it comes to the Palestinians.
        The amount of focus the UN has on Israel whilst ignoring other conflicts and issues around the world, gives fuel to argument that this organization is useless, a waste of money and should be dismantled.

      • Blank State
        April 26, 2013, 11:13 pm

        “Obama supports the Palestinians more than he does Israel…blablahblah”

        I’m speechless. This person wants to be taken seriously?

      • ritzl
        April 27, 2013, 2:12 am

        @giladg Rice has just stated publicly that she is an attack dog for Israel at the UN.

        I mean, what would/does it take to get you all to become personally self-aware? I know that you feel you have to spout the usual counter-factuals, but really, get a grip.

        Either you’ll put yourself(ves) in a position to actually participate in an Israeli policy shift that will precipitate a 2SS, or you all will be wholly responsible for the inevitable 1C1P1V.

        Choose and declare. Not so much here, but in Israel. What’s it going to be?

      • pabelmont
        April 26, 2013, 4:00 pm

        Annie and Gilad – Rice is an honest employee who does her job as her boss directs her. If she didn’t like her job (the lies, the anti-H/R, pay too low, whatever) she could quit. What’s hateful is that the USA is run by a cabal that creates job-descriptions like Rice’s. Or like Obama’s come to that. Poor man believes he must “go along to get along”, was raised in intensly political Chicago, and has no self-view as a statesman (or at least no such self-view that transcends his view of himself as a politician trying to herd cats to get legislation accomplished).

        Blaming Rice will not fix the system, but it sure is fun! And one rather wonders why she said that about spending her time working for Israel. Maybe that was on orders, too, like Kerry’s comparing the 9 Mavi Marmara dead to the Boston bombing victims. Baby-steps to crack the USA-Israel monolith.

    • eljay
      April 25, 2013, 3:34 pm

      >> Have you not been able to understand that blaming the Jews, now called Zionists, is a convenient tried and tested method of deflecting from ones own home grown problems.

      Kind of how Zio-supremacists and the supremacist “Jewish State” blaming the Palestinians, the Arabs, the Iranians, the Lebanese, the Syrians, Hezbollah, Iraq, Turkey, peaceful protesters, et cetera and ad infinitum is a convenient tried and tested method of deflecting from the fact that the oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewish State” continues brazenly to act illegally, immorally and without accountability.

    • Tzombo
      April 25, 2013, 3:52 pm

      Jews are not ‘now called Zionists’. Zionists are called Zionists, Jews are still called Jews. Jews are fine, Zionists are a problem.

      • quercus
        April 26, 2013, 7:25 am

        @Tzombo. Absolutely spot on. Zionists whether they are Jewish or Christian, are the problem.

        I also must ask the question: Is “stupidity” a qualification for political office and or political appointment? It certainly appears that way.

    • Bumblebye
      April 25, 2013, 3:59 pm

      ohhh. Giladg is conflating anti-semitism with anti-zionism. What a clever boy, not. Zionism is a political ideology, not a faith, ethnicity or anything else.

    • American
      April 25, 2013, 4:30 pm

      giladg says:
      April 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      How dumb are you Annie? Can you not work out why the UN spends most of its time on Israel? Yes, we heard it before, all the problems in the world are because of the Jews. The simple man likes to believe this. The problems occur when the dumb and the simple combine together. Have you not been able to understand that blaming the Jews, now called Zionists, is a convenient tried and tested method of deflecting from ones own home grown problems.>>>>

      LOL…..we aren’t so dumb that we that we don’t see that the US does have a problem caused by Zionist/Israel and our bought politicans.
      We also aren’t so dumb we’re gonna buy that this current US problem ”is just another scapegoating of Jews”.
      Nope, you Zios are gonna take the rapt for this US-Israel problem…whether you’re Jewish or not.

    • pjdude
      April 25, 2013, 4:57 pm

      Did you even read the before you started crying about how israel is being persecuted. They weren’t talking about the time the un spends on israel as a whole but the time the us spends on israel at the un. And I’m sorry you think the us needs to hurt itself to protect the thugocracy of israel but it shouldn’t. The us should focus on what helps the us at the un.

    • yourstruly
      April 25, 2013, 6:52 pm

      only jews who support israel are called zionists.

      not all of the world’s problems are caused by zionist jews who support israel, only those that derive from the palestine-israel conflict and its spillover into other regions of the arab/islamic world.

      black south africans consider israel to be an apartheid entity and who knows better than them what apartheid is all about?

    • talknic
      April 25, 2013, 8:28 pm

      @giladg

      “Can you not work out why the UN spends most of its time on Israel? “

      Easy, Israel is acting illegally outside its Internationally recognized sovereign extent, in “territories occupied” and not legally annexed to Israel. Israel has ignored hundreds of UNSC resolutions reminding Israel of BINDING law, a BINDING UN Charter and BINDING Conventions.

      “… all the problems in the world are because of the Jews.”

      A meme eagerly perpetuated predominantly in Jewish propaganda and by propagandists such as yourself. I’m betting you can’t find one verbatim quote in the UN … go ahead … surprise us

      “…the Jews, now called Zionists…”

      %^%&*&^ hilarious stuff.

      “… the UN is more than obliging to offer its platform for bashing Israel”

      Israel is acting illegally outside its Internationally recognized sovereign extent, in “territories occupied” and not legally annexed to Israel. Israel has ignored hundreds of UNSC resolutions reminding Israel of BINDING law, a BINDING UN Charter and BINDING Conventions.

      “The US is still doing the right thing”

      The US via the veto vote is protecting a state that is in breach of Conventions, Laws and the UN Charter, adopted in large part because of the behaviour of the ^&*&^% Nazis towards Jews.

      The US ratified the Montevideo Convention on the Rights and duties of States, preventing the US from voting in favour of Israel on Chapter VI UNSC resolutions relating to territories Israel has illegally acquired by war.

      The US is compromised by ratifying the Montevideo Convention (a treaty with the rest of the Americas BTW). Likewise the US is compromised by how it recognized Israel May 15th 1948, “as an independent republic within frontiers approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its Resolution of November 29, 1947,”

    • Blank State
      April 26, 2013, 11:09 pm

      “Yes, we heard it before, all the problems in the world are because of the Jews”

      Not really. They had nuthin’ to do with the gopher in my garden.

    • Ellen
      April 27, 2013, 5:37 am

      gilad, Zionist does not translate to Jews. Lot’s of Zionists and Zionist advocates that are not Jewish.

      Zionism is not Judaism. Why do you keep implying that?

      • Sumud
        April 27, 2013, 7:34 am

        Zionism is not Judaism. Why do you keep implying that?

        He is promoting anti-semitism, tarring all jews with the sins of zionism.

        Who benefits from anti-semitism? Who promotes themselves as the only safe place for jews in the world?

        Don’t forget the Transfer Agreement between the nazis and zionists on German in pre-war 1930s. Both wanted the same thing – jews out of Europe.

        Look at what the mossad did in Iraq in the 1950s (bombing temples to scare jews into emigrating to Israel). Israel potentially wins big time if there is an outbreak of violent anti-semitism in the US.

        I’m not saying this is giladg’s particular intent, but zionists are on the back foot globally and are always saying they speak for and represent jews, and they don’t.

  9. frankier
    April 25, 2013, 3:23 pm

    Jeez… I wonder what would people think if she had said:

    “We will not rest in the crucial work of defending France’s security and legitimacy every day at the United Nations”

  10. DICKERSON3870
    April 25, 2013, 3:45 pm

    RE: “U.S. ambassador to UN says ‘huge part’ of her work is defending Israel”

    MY COMMENT: Since most of the world quite understandably blames us (the United States) for Israel’s egregious/grievous actions, our ambassador to UN really has no choice but to defend Israel’s actions in an effort to minimize the very considerable damage our “special relationship” with apartheid Israel does to the image/reputation of the United States.

  11. Miguel Puerto Rico
    April 25, 2013, 3:51 pm

    Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: “We will not rest in the crucial work of defending Israel’s security and legitimacy every day at the United Nations”.
    And I ask, why is defending a foreign country at the UN such “crucial work”? You’d think that the “crucial work” of an Ambassador would be to defend his own country’s interests. Are all US taxpayers aware of how such a big part of their tax dollars are being used?

  12. Kathleen
    April 25, 2013, 4:04 pm

    Annie I think Israel and the U.S. share the gutter at the UN

  13. DICKERSON3870
    April 25, 2013, 4:05 pm

    RE: “Instead of working in “lockstep” with Israel’s delegation at the UN to defend the indefensible, the US should be concerned with its own legitimacy–because Israel’s is in the gutter.” ~ Annie Robbins

    MY CONTRIBUTION: “Down, down, down we [the U.S.] go into the deep, dark abyss; hand in hand with Likudnik Israel.”

  14. American
    April 25, 2013, 5:05 pm

    link to jpost.com

    ‘US approves of EU labeling W. Bank products’

    baby steps…but still a step….but not enough to deter Israel…the beat goes on.

    • CloakAndDagger
      April 27, 2013, 1:29 am

      I am happy to accept every baby step that comes our way. Drip, drip, drip, and the walls come tumbling down.

  15. Dutch
    April 25, 2013, 5:33 pm

    @ giladg

    > ‘… blaming the Jews, now called Zionists …’

    Man, this is getting complicated. What are you actually saying here?

    > ‘You try to equate the Palestinians with Black South Africans. What a joke.’

    You think it’s more accurate to equate Israeli with White South Africans?

  16. HarryLaw
    April 25, 2013, 5:56 pm

    Any normal person listening to complaints about Israel from most countries of the world and taking up a huge part of her work, must come to the conclusion that at least some of the complaints are justified, but no, she projects no doubts about the racist and expansionist policies of the Israelis, she is either a fool, or she is singing for her supper. Probably both.

  17. MRW
    April 25, 2013, 6:03 pm

    The economist Michael Hudson was in Rimini, Italy a year ago. This quote was part of his speech.

    “300 years of classical political economy sought to get rid of landlords and bankers. A hundred years ago people spoke of technology. Nobody believed that the vested interests could fight back. But they did fight back in the way that parasites do in biological nature. I’ve read in the Italian newspapers—coming over on the airplane—that people talk about parasites. And people think about parasites, as taking the host’s energy and lifeblood. But, in biology, the smart parasites do something else: They take over the brain of the host. They make the brain think that the parasite is part of the body, to be protected.

    That’s what the parasitic Israelis have done to the US, and Rice’s remarks are clear proof of it.

  18. a blah chick
    April 25, 2013, 8:08 pm

    Rice has aspirations for higher office therefore she’s got to shore up all the sweet AIPAC money.

  19. gingershot
    April 26, 2013, 4:07 pm

    Rice is just so clueless that she trumpets her enabling of the fascist state as a virtue.

    This is a wholly corrupt individual who doesn’t even know she’s corrupt. She reminds me of Hillary or Madelaine Albright

  20. W.Jones
    April 26, 2013, 6:52 pm

    How do the Washington for Reform movement social activists and the Religious Action Center feel about all this?

  21. Menachem
    April 27, 2013, 12:09 am

    over 2 thirds of Americans polled are pro Israel, why shouldn’t our UN ambassador speak for the people of the US?

    • RoHa
      April 27, 2013, 12:17 am

      “over 2 thirds of Americans polled are pro Israel, why shouldn’t our UN ambassador speak for the people of the US?”

      Do you mean the US ambassador? If so, I would think that the job of the US ambassador would be to support the US rather than drag it down with Israel.

    • CloakAndDagger
      April 27, 2013, 1:31 am

      @ Menachem

      What utter rubbish! Show me the polls that show that 66.7% of the US supports Israel and qualify that with what the actual question was that was asked and how it was couched.

      Seems you crawled back out from under a rock since June 2010. You must think we are all idiots here.

    • Citizen
      April 27, 2013, 4:11 am

      And the same Americans polled were 100& in favor of treating Israel and Palestinians equally, in a balanced manner. Also, most Americans are totally ignorant of what Israel has done daily to the Palestinians for many decades. And they have no clue that Israel, with its 7 million people and size of NJ, is the number one beneficiary of US foreign aid in all US history despite the fact Israel is not a third world economy, but a comparatively highly rated one with a better credit rating than the US (which underwrites its debt).

    • tree
      April 27, 2013, 5:14 am

      Unless you have some poll showing that US citizens want their UN representative to spend a “huge amount” of her time defending Israel, which you don’t, then the ambassador is NOT “speaking for the people of the US”. I’d bet that the vast majority of Americans are pro British, but that doesn’t mean that they want their ambassador spending most of her time defending Britain.

      I’d even venture to guess that that Israelis don’t want their ambassador to spend a “huge amount” of his time “defending the US”.

    • Ellen
      April 27, 2013, 5:32 am

      Menachem,

      What polls? When? How were they constructed? What was (were) the question(s) pointing to a “pro” Israel stance?

      What does “Pro Israel” mean?

      Do 2/3rds of Americans even know where Israel is? I wonder….

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