Israel in the lion’s den
Over the past four years, President Barack Obama has consistently had Israel’s back at the UN and stood up for what’s right.
PM Binyamin Netanyahu at UN Photo: REUTERS
American voters concerned about Israel should remember the biblical story of
Daniel in the lion’s den – and its modern-day diplomatic
American Jews and other supporters of Israel have long known
that the United Nations has all too often been the site of unfair attacks on
Israel, including attempts to deny the Jewish state’s legitimacy. But over the
past four years, President Barack Obama has consistently had Israel’s back at
the UN and stood up for what’s right.
While Daniel had to rely on help
from above in the lion’s den, Israel can rely on very real American help in its
own lion’s den at the UN.
The Obama administration’s record of defending
Israel at the UN is strikingly strong across the board – both increasing
Israel’s security and defending its legitimate place among the nations. Consider
some of the achievements standing up for Israel at the UN racked up by President
Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UN Ambassador Susan Rice, and their
staffs. Their marching orders have come right from the very top.
Obama administration has rallied the UN Security Council to pass the toughest
sanctions Iran has ever faced. Resolution 1929 targeted the elite Iranian
Revolutionary Guard Corps, banned ballistic missile launches, required rigorous
inspections of suspicious cargo, barred the sale of many heavy weapons to Iran,
and cracked down on Iranian attempts to use banks to fund
Those tough new global measures were significant by
themselves, but the resolution also opened the door to let the European Union
and other partners impose sanctions of their own. The mullahs in Tehran are now
scrambling under the screws of the sanctions and have watched their currency
plunge by a jaw-dropping 40 percent in just a week.
WHEN THE Palestinians
pushed a Security Council resolution on settlements, the Obama administration
vetoed it. President Obama stood firm on a bedrock principle: settlements and
other core issues must be negotiated out directly between Israelis and
Palestinians for lasting peace.
When the UN followed up twice on the
notorious 2001 Durban conference, which became synonymous with Israel-bashing
and anti-Semitism, the Obama administration boycotted it – twice.
many UN members tried to isolate Israel after the 2010 flotilla incident, the
Obama administration had Israel’s back and worked carefully to defuse tensions
every step of the way.
When terrorists attacked Israelis and Israeli
diplomatic targets in February and July, the Obama administration led the
Security Council in unanimously condemning the attacks – the first time the
Council had condemned such outrages against Israelis in seven years.
Israel-bashing resolutions are wheeled out year after year in the UN General
Assembly, the Human Rights Council, UNESCO and elsewhere, the Obama
administration has fought them – every time, all the time.
Obama has a 100 percent pro-Israel voting record at the UN.
The UN record
matters because Israelis remember that their state was founded with the UN’s
blessing. And all who want to see Israel fully claim its rightful place
among the nations know that must include finally getting fair treatment as a
full and respected member of the UN.
President Obama’s impressive record
of support goes beyond the UN: crucial funding for the Iron Dome system that’s
saving Israeli lives from Hamas rockets, increased aid for Israel even during
the worst US economic crisis since the Depression, and tighter defense ties that
top generals and spymasters on both sides call unprecedented.
should be playing politics with President Obama’s sterling pro-Israel
The author is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University
of North Florida and a former US representative to the United Nations. She
served president Bill Clinton as deputy assistant for national security affairs.