I have spent the past year, over the course of the US Presidential election cycle speaking out against the concept of what many might call the concept of defending the indefensible. I take pride in being anything but a hypocrite. So much so that I sometimes have views that are not in line with where I appear to stand politically. Therefore I can no longer keep silent regarding the current administration’s recent stance regarding Israel and the United Nations condemnation of the only true democracy in the Middle East.
This piece is not about Donald Trump, so I will only refer to him this one time, merely to make a point. Those who have read my work over the past year or so are fully aware that I did not support him. I found it bizarre and a bit scary when his supporters defended words and behavior many of us saw as indefensible. I can not be sure of what kind of person he actually is, but as president, to be blunt, I just don’t like him. That being said, when I speak of dislike, my feeling towards the United Nations is on a different level. So as I sit here and realize that my president, a man I voted for, has chosen as one of his last acts as leader of the free world to align himself with this bastion of corruption, I find myself in the position where I can not and will not defend the indefensible on a level far greater than any over the past year.
Ironically the issue, at least in my opinion, is not so much in the details. There are many people in Israel who are opposed to the settlements. There are also many people who believe the only real solution to the conflict is a two state solution. But that’s not the issue. What is more significant here is the condemnation by the United Nations and the lack of loyalty and support the United States has shown to Israel in not only not obstructing this condemnation, but very possibly being a driving force behind it. The United Nations has made a very lucrative business out of criticizing and condemning the Jewish State. While nations have murdered and tortured their citizens, while terrorist groups have begun to form in various parts of the Middle East, and nations like Iran have called for the death and destruction of Israel and the United States, the United Nations has encouraged and arguably promoted the idea that Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinians. For any United States government to do anything other than oppose this, truly falls in the category of indefensible.
Just as a lie of omission is still a lie, an abstention by the United States at a United Nations vote of this significance is the same as a show of support for the vote. I truly believe Israel will get through this, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that it is a clear act of disloyalty towards an important friend, and if it is personal and based on the relationship between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu, it is far worse than that. It interferes in Israeli politics in a manner not too dissimilar from a foreign government hacking America’s political parties and possibly influencing the election. It tells the Israeli people, I don’t like the person you elected through your democratic process and subsequently as a result I am turning my back on you as I walk out the door.
This is not about being a Liberal or Conservative. Alan Dershowitz, a man as liberal as anyone in the public forum has spoken out against this without any filter, and clearly feels the same sense of betrayal so many of us do at this time. This is about how to treat a friend and knowing and acknowledging the difference between right and wrong. Israel is a nation of equality. A nation where people of all religions, races, nationalities and orientations have the opportunity to live in peace. If an outgoing president and an international body decide to end the year attacking Israel instead of going after the real manifestations of evil in the world, this becomes nothing other than a vendetta, be it political, racial, or as many believe in this case, personal. Regardless of the motivation it is an act that is truly indefensible.
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