Netanyahu accuses Obama of betraying ‘commitment’ to Israel and initiating U.N. resolution

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Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement to his Cabinet this morning is an amazing read, because Israel’s situation is so naked in the wake of the Security Council resolution to condemn the settlements, which passed on Friday with the abstention of the United States. Netanyahu surely speaks the truth when he says that the resolution is “destructive,” and that the Obama administration is not Israel’s friend but Donald Trump is. Certainly Obama is not a friend of this Israeli government.

In a further sign of diplomatic crisis, Haaretz says that Netanyahu has summoned the US Ambassador Dan Shapiro.

Netanyahu begins by accusing Obama of betraying Israel by initiating the resolution– the president who just signed a $38 billion ten-year aid package.

I share ministers’ feelings, anger and frustration vis-à-vis the unbalanced resolution that is very hostile to the State of Israel, and which the [UN] Security Council passed in an unworthy manner. From the information that we have, we have no doubt that the Obama administration initiated it, stood behind it, coordinated on the wording and demanded that it be passed. This is, of course, in complete contradiction of the traditional American policy that was committed to not trying to dictate terms for a permanent agreement, like any issue related to them in the Security Council, and, of course, the explicit commitment of President Obama himself, in 2011, to refrain from such steps.

On Friday the White House specifically stated that it had not initiated the resolution (text below).

The Prime Minister expresses the fear that Israel will be “damaged” by the resolution. That is the resolution’s achievement: it has isolated Israel. Fourteen nations voted against Israel’s wishes, one abstained.

We will do whatever is necessary so that Israel will not be damaged by this shameful resolution and I also tell the ministers here, we must act prudently, responsibly and calmly, in both actions and words. I ask ministers to act responsibly as per the directives that will be given today at the Security Cabinet meeting immediately following this meeting. I have also asked the Foreign Ministry to prepare an action plan regarding the UN and other international elements, which will be submitted to the Security Cabinet within one month. Until then, of course, we will consider our steps.

It’s like Israel is on a war footing.

Next Netanyahu says that the Obama administration is no friend of Israel, it’s over between him and the president. But Donald Trump is his friend. Here comes Jerusalem, too.

As I told John Kerry on Thursday, friends don’t take friends to the Security Council. I’m encouraged by the statements of our friends in the United States, Republicans and Democrats alike. They understand how reckless and destructive this UN resolution was, they understand that the Western Wall isn’t occupied territory.

I look forward to working with those friends and with the new administration when it takes office next month. And I take this opportunity to wish Israel’s Christian citizens and our Christian friends around the world a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The Prime Minister is right about the politics. We must all consider the great force of this U.N. resolution, and the American abstention. Israel is now a partisan issue in the U.S., and President Obama, along with the Democratic base, can claim that as their achievement.

Notice that in his second tweet on the matter, Donald Trump is not really selling out Obama on this decision. He almost accepts it as a fait accompli:

More cries of betrayal from the pampered nation. Education Minister Naftali Bennett says it was all planned in the Cairo speech 7 years ago. And Obama betrayed Israel twice, on Iran and on the settlements. And this from Uri Blau’s twitter feed: “$[38] billion in military aid and this is how President Obama is presented today on Israel’s social media.”

Obama stabbing religious Jews in the back, per Israeli social media

Obama stabbing religious Jews in the back, per Israeli social media

Here is Ben Rhodes, White House aide, on Friday specifically denying that the U.S. initiated the resolution:

I’d take umbrage at language [in reported Israeli criticism] that suggests that this was our preferred course of action and that we initiated it.  The fact of the matter is, we’d been warning — President Obama and Secretary Kerry publicly and privately for years — that the trend line of settlement construction and settlement activity was just increasing Israel’s international isolation.  This is not a new position for us; we’ve been saying that for many, many, many years.  Secretary Kerry, as Frank can attest to, has had hundreds of conversations with Prime Minister Netanyahu.  We’ve made precisely this point.

And with respect to this resolution, we did not draft this resolution; we did not introduce this resolution.  The Egyptians, in partnership with the Palestinians, are the ones who began circulating an earlier draft of the resolution.  The Egyptians are the ones who moved it forward yesterday.  And we took the position that we did when it was put to a vote.

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  1. AddictionMyth
    December 25, 2016, 11:01 am

    “We love you, Israel. But we can’t keep giving you money to destroy yourself and wreak havoc around you.” This is like a nationalized version of Intervention. Sometimes (i.e. always) the best way to help an addict is to stop trying to ‘help’ them. LOL – Israel will be fine. Let it out, boobi … let it all out….

  2. Ramzi Jaber
    December 25, 2016, 11:40 am

    obama did the most to encourage nutnyahoo and zionist arrogance and intransigence with his “unshakable” support for israel.

    this resolution came too little too late. obama should have voted yes. obama should have recognized the State of Palestine. he lost his chance. didn’t have the courage.

    what next? more extreme zionist apartheid action leading to 1S1P1V. 2SS IS DEAD, 2334 notwithstanding.

    • bintbiba
      December 25, 2016, 5:15 pm

      Long time, Ramzi Jaber !

      Well said !

      ” … … too little too late… … he lost his chance , didnt have the courage .”

    • Theo
      December 26, 2016, 12:16 pm

      Exactly what I said to friends just a few hours ago: He should have recoignised Palestina as a state, voted yes and stopped all help to Israel, and these 6-7 years ago!
      He is a coward and in my opinion without Michelle he would have never become a president. I am sure even now he had sleepless nights after the UN vote, how could I be so careless!

  3. lysias
    December 25, 2016, 11:43 am

    Can the resolution and its rejection by Israel serve.as a basis for sanctions?

  4. Citizen
    December 25, 2016, 12:49 pm

    This friction will still be going on in 2050.

  5. Mooser
    December 25, 2016, 1:05 pm

    Wait a minute. Does an IDF soldier get court-martialed for davaning on guard duty, and letting Obama sneak up on him?

    • yonah fredman
      December 25, 2016, 2:36 pm

      It’s spelled davening, by almost all English speakers who daven.

      • Mooser
        December 25, 2016, 3:42 pm

        “It’s spelled davening,”

        Co-rrect! I habitually mispell it with an “a”. The point is, sneaking up on a man while he’s brocha-ing is abominable!

        Some Rabbis say the prayers are valid if the weapon is not cocked while praying. Others disagree. What say you, “Yonah”? But keep a sharp lookout behind you.

  6. yonah fredman
    December 25, 2016, 2:35 pm

    I think if broad support from the American public were bibi’s goal, he would be failing miserably. I think this is domestic Israeli politics.

    • Cazador
      December 27, 2016, 3:16 am

      Netanyahu’s antics at the UN, Israel, the AIPAC and other American events and elsewhere, besides challenging Obama often, were definitely noticed by most, and maybe the price to pay for them is being shown to Netanyahu by Obama as his last gesture of resistance and show to Netanyahu.

  7. rhkroell
    December 25, 2016, 3:00 pm

    It is time to start having public debates in the U.S. about terminating the war against Islam in the U.S. and Europe by dismantling the the late-19th-century, race-based state in Israel and creating a democratic multinational state, a home for all peoples regardless of their birth mother’s roots/origns.

  8. rhkroell
    December 25, 2016, 3:24 pm

    It is time to start having public debates in the U.S. about terminating the war against Islam in the U.S. and Europe by dismantling the the late-19th-century, race-based state in Israel and creating a democratic multinational state, a home for all peoples regardless of their birth mother’s roots/origins. States constituted according to principles based on biologically-determined, “tribal” identities have no place in the modern World System.

  9. Mooser
    December 25, 2016, 3:48 pm

    .” I think this is domestic Israeli politics.”

    In that case, do we even have the right to look at it or think about it? It’s “singling Israel out”, isn’t it?

    • Cazador
      December 27, 2016, 3:30 am

      Israeli politics that are not allowed by international law are not domestic politics anymore, even though Israel has not cared too much about international law regarding occupation, land theft, war crimes, killings of civilians, including hundreds of children…

  10. Ossinev
    December 25, 2016, 4:15 pm

    @Lysias
    “Can the resolution and its rejection by Israel serve.as a basis for sanctions?”

    This may very soon become a tit for tat scenario with mighty Israel introducing sanctions against all those pipsqueak nations inc Russia,China and the UK who disobeyed its instructions not to vote for the resolution:
    http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.761299

    The Yahoo will of course hold back on America pending confirmation that his new puppet in waiting Donald will do his bidding.

    Who knows perhaps in the background he has instructed his military to re-target some of the we may have we may not have what`s it to you anyway nuclear missiles on some of the disobedient countries. Hell hath no fury like an egotistical moron scorned. I anticipate that all sane decent Jewish Israelis , and they are still in their hundreds of thousands , will be urgently considering whether they want themselves and their families continuing to live in a country which is spinning out of control as a result of his “leadership”

  11. Maghlawatan
    December 25, 2016, 5:33 pm

    Maybe Wolf Blitzer could tell Yossi Israeli how Galut feels about Israel. It doesn’t matter what Netanyahu does in the next month or month after that. It was 2 years ago that MJ Rosenberg told Twitter that Netanyahu and everyone in his Government was a fucking barbarian. YESHA is a beaten docket. It doesn’t matter how many settlers there are.

    • Mooser
      December 25, 2016, 6:27 pm

      “It doesn’t matter how many settlers there are.”

      Well, it sorta does, “Mag”. When tens or hundreds of millions of people with a single end in mind start a mass migration, there’s hardly any stopping it.

      • Maghlawatan
        December 26, 2016, 12:36 pm

        Israel and Zionism use money cos they don’t have the people. And every so often money fails.

  12. RobertB
    December 25, 2016, 10:59 pm

    Starting in 2019, the U.S. will give Israel $38 billion over the next 10 years – $3.8 billion per year, which is $10.41 million per day.

    This is in line with previous years. Last year the U.S. gave Israel $3.7 billion – about $10.14 per day. In other words, the new aid package amounts to an increase of around $27 million per year.

    Israel has long received more U.S. money than any other country. Some earlier disbursements were even larger when considered in today’s dollars.”

    http://ifamericansknew.org/stat/38billion.html

  13. Kay24
    December 25, 2016, 11:15 pm

    This is basically the situation – Israel is p.off because finally someone CONDEMNED it for BREAKING international laws, by defying the entire world and building ILLEGAL SETTLEMENTS, which is considered detrimental for any peace talks which will lead to Israel ending the occupation. So according to God’s “chosen” people you should NOT criticize Israel’s crimes and the fact that they are not, like any democracy, doing the democratic thing when it comes to those they occupy and steal from. There is no other explanation for the bizarre behavior of what is going to be a rogue nation that has gone out of control.

    We should only hope that this is the beginning of Israel being held accountable for disastrous policies and crimes against humanity. Enough of the whining, lies, violence, manipulations, theft of lands and water, and expecting unconditional love from the rest of the world.

    Friends must make friends take responsibility of their crimes especially after years of caution and advice, Nutty, because you seem to be taking advantage of that friend, and getting away with murder. Be a man and own up to the fact you messed up badly and have only yourself and your extremist government to blame. STOP BLAMING THE REST OF THE WORLD.

  14. Marnie
    December 26, 2016, 12:21 am

    It’s terrible Pres. Obama didn’t abstain in 2011; I’m guessing his reelection was the focus. The cartoon is disgusting but only the beginning. The open contempt boobie and co have displayed towards Pres. Obama was from the get go in 2008.

    Bennett is in a big hurry to rewrite history as the MK of (mis)education, starting with Obama planned this 7 years ago in Cairo…….

  15. Talkback
    December 26, 2016, 4:14 am

    Nothing has changed when it comes to the longstanding policy of the US and every other member of the UN when it comes to the illegality of settlements. The only thing that has changed is the amount of hysteria and madness from Israel and its supporters, simply because this policy and international law was reaffirmed.

    For example the constantly whining Morton Klein, President of the ZOA: “Obama has made it clear that he’s a Jew-hating, anti-Semite.” Who is he even trying to reach with such idiocies?

    I’ve read a lof ot comments in foreign media outlets in the last days and the common sense nowadays is that the people are clearly fat up with Israel, it’s crimes against the Palestinians and it’s pathological arrogance and insults,if someone criticizes this. That Israel’s settlement violates international law is not even a topic, except for a few who don’t even longer bother to hide that they are Zionist extremists.

    I can’t see how brand Israel is going to recover from this. Any marketing expert would have allready shut it down and reopened under a new name.

    • broadside
      December 26, 2016, 10:30 am

      “pathological arrogance and insults”

      Pathological is absolutely the word, and more pathological than anything is Israel’s sense of victimhood. That is where the real danger lies.

  16. Kay24
    December 26, 2016, 4:53 am

    I can see why Nutty and Trumpy will get along fine. They are both arrogant men, who lie easily, manipulate others, and seem to be sore losers. The ugly tantrum we see Nutty displaying, is exactly what Trumpy would do, and they will both join hands to make sure the Palestinians are decimated in every way possible, Jerusalem will be given to the occupier all nicely tied in a ribbon (thumbing his nose at generations of US Presidents) and making sure the anti Muslim campaign keeps going. Two peas in a pod, one pleasing his son and law, and the other will shower him with praise to keep the aid and support at the UN going. Nice.

  17. Ossinev
    December 26, 2016, 5:44 am

    There has got to be a cracking potential sitcom in all of this:
    http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-summons-envoys-of-un-resolution-backers-upbraids-obama/

    To reprise huge mighty Israel led by the Churchillian Yahoo flexes its muscles in response to the arrogance of the UNSC . Now that would be on behalf of 8 Million Israelis ( 2 million of whom are uncleansed Arabs ) giving a verbal spanking to the 2 billion odd population of the the UNSC states and threatening dire consequences including possibly OMG ! a total ban on cherry tomato exports. The world is already quivering in fear !

    Absolutely bloody hilarious.

    • lonely rico
      December 26, 2016, 1:38 pm

      Ossinev –

      dire consequences including possibly OMG ! a total ban on cherry tomato exports.

      Hopefully, cherry tomato producers in Senegal, New Zealand, Venezuela and Malaysia will be able to pick up the slack.

    • RoHa
      December 26, 2016, 9:22 pm

      In spite of all her recent pandering on anti-Semitism, Netanyahu is still going to punish Theresa May by refusing to meet her at Davos.

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israel-un-settlements-vote-benjamin-netanyahu-theresa-may-uk-palestinians-a7496451.html

      (From my point of view, punishment would be having to meet Netanyahu.)

      • Maghlawatan
        December 27, 2016, 3:06 am

        Everything Netanyahu says is aimed at Yossi Israeli. The great Jewish leader driving Jewish destiny. F19s and AIPAC plus God and history. Israel dissing the UK is like God speaking. Most diplomats think Netanyahu is an asshole.

      • RoHa
        December 27, 2016, 8:25 pm

        “Most diplomats think Netanyahu is an asshole.”

        Not British and Australian diplomats. They think he is an arsehole.

  18. broadside
    December 26, 2016, 10:18 am

    Abstention indeed:

    NY Times chickens out: no editorial on the vote. What cowards.

  19. Kay24
    December 26, 2016, 11:46 am

    I am sure most of us here agree that Netanyahu and his side kick Ron Dermer are drama kings.
    Netanyahu is making a spectacle of himself, behaving like an unreasonable brat, and blaming everyone for Israel’s self manufactured ills. Apparently they have evidence that the Obama administration was behind the UN vote….. I say Obama has every right to do so, is not breaking laws, and Israel must get over it. He is threatening all the nations that voted for this resolutions, and says Israeli officials will not be officially visiting them….I somehow don’t think these countries care. This is a Nutty meltdown, and he is looking like a lunatic, ranting, and being petulant. He does not seem to realize that he is making an ass of himself and the entire world is watching this Trump like tantrum.

    Dermer is even accusing other nations of “ganging up” on poor helpless Israel.

    “Enovy: Israel has evidence Obama was behind the UN resolution
    Israel has evidence that U.S. President Obama’s administration is behind Friday’s Security Council resolution, Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer told CNN on Monday.
    “We will present this evidence to the new administration through the appropriate channels. If they want to share it with the American people they are welcome to do it,” Dermer told CNN.
    According to Dermer, not only did the U.S. not stand by Israel’s side during the vote, it “was behind this ganging up on Israel at the UN.” Dermer said it was “a sad day and a shameful chapter in U.S.-Israeli relations.”
    In his first public reaction to the vote, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday that the Obama administration has carried out an underhanded and an anti-Israel maneuver at the UN Security Council.
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.761470

    Some people just cannot handle being reprimanded.

    • Maghlawatan
      December 27, 2016, 3:09 am

      Taking on the Dems is very dangerous. Israel is great fun and lucrative until it attacks the hands that feed it. Israel is not independent. It is high maintenance. The US diplomats who warned about it in the 40s were right.

  20. Dmesh
    December 26, 2016, 11:48 am

    How would baby netanyahu know that obama was behind even the wording of the resolution… unless he was spying on an american president?! Did israel hack the election? Trump put rothschild and goldman sachs banksters in charge. Jared kushner stands to benefit from corruption. All his generals want war in iran. Seems more like an israeli coup than a russian one!

    • Kay24
      December 26, 2016, 12:10 pm

      Good point, how exactly did he know? Did he spy on the WH, listen to conversations, bug the phones? Or did he get a traitor to place a bug in Obama’s desk? Anything is possible when it comes to Israel and espionage, after all our intelligence officials have said that they fear Israel the most in the ME when it comes to spying and espionage for good reason.

      • Mooser
        December 26, 2016, 1:59 pm

        I think it is simpler than that “Kay24”. Trump is getting the only people who will (at least temporarily) consent to work for him. And there will be hearings.

      • Dmesh
        December 27, 2016, 1:05 am

        And i bet israel, and many other allied nations, also hacked clintons server. I mean, it was just sitting there, the secretary of states unguarded server! Lol

  21. JLewisDickerson
    December 26, 2016, 11:54 am

    RE: “More cries of betrayal from the pampered nation. Education Minister Naftali Bennett says it was all planned in the Cairo speech 7 years ago. And Obama betrayed Israel twice, on Iran and on the settlements.” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: One more betrayal and Obama will have thrice betrayed Israel, thus magically becoming Judas. I can hardly wait!

  22. amigo
    December 26, 2016, 1:33 pm

    The rest of the world through the UNSCR correctly refers to “occupied Territories ” and CNN is still babbling on about “disputed territories”.

    I didn,t get the anchor,s name but he and all three of his guest analysts used the same term in a ten minute coverage of UNSCR vote.I thought that had been assigned to the bin of history with the “Land without people etc )” myth.

    Ron Dermer and Michael Oren were given carte blanche to recycle the same old worn out hasbara , such as “Israel is the only true democracy in the ME “.Both Oren and Dermer are accusing Obama/Kerry of orchestrating the whole affair as if that in some way excuses Israel,s policies over the last 7o +years. And so what if they did.

    When challenged (once only ) by an anchor on how Israel can expect to keep building settlements , thereby destroying the 2ss and the continued existence of a democratic and Jewish state Oren went right into the usual bs about how Arabs can vote for their own leaders and they refuse to sit down with Israel who has been waiting at the table for the last eight years for someone to make peace with.Needless to say , he was not challenged on that claim by even one of the guests..

    CNN , “fair and balanced”.

    Damn , they are a tiresome bunch of morons.

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