Don’t bank on the US, Israel
Hillary Clinton has been silent
You can count on friendship, up to a point. Now the case for Palestine is back at the UN. No matter what you think about the UN (headquartered in New York City), it is a global forum. The people living in Gaza need to be reconciled with a degree of certainty. If Israel cannot accomplish this through negotiations, then it is going to get help whether or not it likes it. The US is better off engaged as a participant, though not the sole heavy in the room.
Let’s see if the UN can serve as a catalyst for change and improvement while Mr. Changemaker keeps focused on fixing things in the USA.
Obama can’t win reelection with Israel continuing to be out of sorts with him.
“U.N. showdown over Palestinian statehood tests limits of U.S. influence
One week before a United Nations showdown over Palestinian statehood, the Obama administration is confronting the stark new limits of its influence in the Middle East, including with its chief ally in the region, Israel.
U.S. officials have warned Israel’s hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Palestinian leaders, that the diplomatic clash over the creation of a Palestinian state set for the United Nations next week could further destabilize a region already in political tumult.
But those have been ignored, not only by a Palestinian leadership that feels betrayed by the Obama administration, but also by an Israeli government that receives billions of dollars a year in U.S. military and other aid.
The Obama administration is working to head off what would be a milestone moment for the Palestinian national movement when diplomats put forward a resolution at the United Nations next week to recognize a Palestinian state.
President Obama had hoped to convince the two sides to resume peace negotiations as an alternative to the initiative at the U.N. Israel has said “grave consequences” would follow the Palestinian bid, and U.S. and European diplomats were working late Thursday in efforts to reach a deal that could avert a U.N. vote.
Obama has promised Israel he will veto the resolution if it comes before the Security Council. The move would place the United States at odds with the spirit of the national uprisings that have unsettled the Middle East this year.
The reasons for the Israeli rebuff reflect the domestic political considerations of Netanyahu and Obama, as well as America’s fading clout in the Middle East.”