Who gave this land to Israel? The U.S.? The UN? The Security Council?
Not to mention - have any of these people read Genesis 12:3?
In a speech to the Security Council explaining why the US had changed its longstanding policy Friday and abstained in a vote demanding a halt to all Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem — thus enabling the motion to pass — US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power signaled another significant shift by saying America recognized the Security Council’s consensus that “settlements have no legal validity.”
The US did not agree with every word of the resolution, Power said, and therefore had not voted in favor. But, she stressed, “we cannot stand in the way of this resolution” in the quest for “two states living side by side in peace and security.”
“The settlement problem has gotten so much worse,” she said, that it was now endangering that solution.
Continued settlement building “seriously undermines Israel’s security,” Power said. “The United States has been sending a message that the settlements must stop privately and publicly for nearly five decades.
Israeli officials on Friday reacted with disappointment and anger at Washington’s failure to veto an anti-settlement resolution at the UN Security Council.
Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz told Channel 2 News that the US abstention was “not how friends behave” while cabinet minister Tzachi Hanegbi said the US vote also “spits in the face” of incoming president Donald Trump.
Likud Knesset member Yoav Kisch was quoted by Hebrew language website Ynet as saying that just as US President Barack Obama “betrayed other allies around the world, so he has done to Israel.”
Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said that “neither the Security Council nor UNESCO will succeed in rewriting history and disconnecting the bond between the People of Israel and the Land of Israel,” referring to UNESCO resolutions earlier this year that ignored Judaism’s connection with the Temple Mount, the Jewish religion’s holiest site.
Danon slammed the US abstention during the vote — an unprecedented move from Israel’s closest ally that has historically vetoed such resolutions.
He added: “The Palestinian efforts to hurt Israel through the UN will not be fruitful and will not advance any solution. The Palestinian will gain nothing until they stop incitement and terrorism and return to direct negotiations with Israel.”
Shortly before the vote, an Israeli official used unprecedentedly harsh language to accuse the Obama administration of scheming with the Palestinians to harm Israel with the resolution.
“The US administration secretly cooked up with the Palestinians an extreme anti-Israeli resolution behind Israel’s back which would be a tailwind for terror and boycotts and effectively make the Western Wall occupied Palestinian territory,” the official said. (The draft resolution refers to East Jerusalem as “occupied Palestinian territory.)
“This is an abandonment of Israel which breaks decades of US policy of protecting Israel at the UN and undermines the prospects of working with the next administration of advancing peace,” the official added.
Major US Jewish organizations declared that US President Barack Obama had undermined his legacy on Israel and bitterly criticized the administration’s decision to allow a resolution calling for a halt to all Israeli settlement activity to pass in the United Nations Security Council.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which had tussled in recent weeks with President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, offered a full-throated condemnation of the Security Council resolution and of the Obama administration’s decision to abstain from voting.
ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt stated that the organization was “outraged over the US failure to veto this biased and unconstructive UNSC resolution on Israel.”
Greenblatt bemoaned that the resolution “will only encourage further Palestinian intransigence vis-à-vis direct negotiations with Israel in favor of unilateral, one-sided initiatives.”
“The Obama Administration repeatedly stated that a solution to the conflict cannot be imposed on the parties but must be achieved directly by the parties themselves,” Greenblatt concluded. “It is deeply troubling that this biased resolution appears to be the final word of the Administration on this issue.”
The ADL was far from the only Jewish organization to assert that Obama’s legacy was changed by this decision conducted in the last month of an eight-year administration.
“It is tragic that the Administration chose to mar its legacy of support for the Jewish State and set back the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace,” wrote the Jewish Federations of North America in a rare critique of a US administration...
The Orthodox Union issued a similar admonishment.
“The Orthodox Union is gravely disappointed with this decision by President Obama,” the organization complained. “Over the course of his presidency, Mr. Obama repeatedly reassured American Jews, and others who care for the security and welfare of Israel, that his commitment to American support for Israel’s security was “unshakable.””
“By allowing this resolution to pass in the waning weeks of his Administration, President Obama has undermined his legacy in that regard,” the organization added, describing the US action as “an unprecedented and deeply disturbing break from the past.”
The American Jewish Committee’s CEO David Harris also noted that “the Administration’s decision, for the first time in eight years, not to block an anti-Israel measure at the UN Security Council is profoundly disturbing.”
Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations on Friday condemned the UN Security Council for voting through a resolution demanding a halt to all settlement activity, branding the motion “an evil decree” that would merely provide further excuses for the Palestinians to continue to reject Israel’s right to exist.
Speaking after the Council voted 14-0 in favor of Resolution 2334, which brands settlements illegal, Danny Danon told the packed chamber that this was a “dark day for this council.” The UN body wasted its time, in a “peak of hypocrisy,” to condemn Israel “for building homes in the historic homeland of the Jewish people” even as thousands were being massacred in neighboring Syria, he said.
Israel, said Danon, had implored the council “not to believe the lies in this resolution.” By approving it, “you have in fact voted no to negotiations, you have voted no to progress and a chance for better lives for Israelis and Palestinians, and you have voted no to the possibility of peace.”
Danon called the resolution the latest in “the long and shameful list of anti-Israel UN resolutions” and said it would encourage Palestinian incitement. “Today’s vote will be a victory for terror,” he said, “a victory for hatred and violence.”
Expressing hope that the UN would “turn a new page” under its next secretary-general, Danon castigated the Security Council for a resolution that he said denied Israel the right to build in its own capital. What right did its members have, he asked, to try to prevent the Jewish people from building homes in their own land?
“We will overcome this evil decree,” he vowed, holding up a Bible and citing thousands of years of Jewish history in the Holy Land. “We have full confidence in the justice of our cause… We will continue to be a Jewish state proudly reclaiming the land of our forefathers… where King David ruled from Jerusalem.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at US President Barack Obama Friday, accusing him of actively working against Israel at the UN — seemingly abandoning all pretense of diplomatic cautiousness after a US abstention at the Security Council led to the passage of a resolution against settlements.
“Israel categorically rejects the despicable anti-Israeli resolution at the UN, and will not adhere to it,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a seething statement after the council voted in favor of the motion 14-0.
“While the Security Council does nothing to prevent the massacre of half a million people in Syria, it is shamefully singling out Israel — the only democracy in the Middle East,” the PMO said.
“The Obama administration not only failed to defend Israel from this harassment at the UN, it cooperated with it behind the scenes.”
In a barely-veiled final repudiation of the administration with which Netanyahu has clashed so often, his office said Israel was “looking forward to working with President-elect [Donald] Trump and with out friends in Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, to undo the damage of this absurd resolution.”
Netanyahu said he would immediately call back Israel’s ambassadors in New Zealand and Senegal — two sponsors of Friday evening’s resolution — for consultations. He also said a planned official visit by Senegal’s foreign minister next month would be cancelled and all Israeli aid programs in Senegal would be halted.
1. The USA thanks to Obama just sealed our demise 2. The door is now wide open to Ezekiel 39 and maybe even before President elect Trump takes office 3. We could be going home really soon now! 🙏👍😇
Interesting point WV that I hadn't considered = this indeed opens the door to Ezekiel 38/39...hmm..Thats food for thought indeed. And it does also open the door to our demise. I wonder what Trump will be able to do to mitigate this (?)
WV and Scott, could you please explain why this opens the door to Ezekiel 38-39? Thank you!
Hi jen im on the run right now but in brief this is an issuance to put Israel back to pre '67 borders which in turn makes ownership of west bank, e jerusalem and golan heights in question. The "palestinians" can "legally" claim these regions now. A scenario could be set up to force israel off those lands and if not- then by force. I could easily see that scenario. Plus russian and iranian bases are already set up in syria. The invasion comes from the north just where the questioned land is. Not a coincidence. Its ALL lining up
Plus the window of opportunity is short with Trump replacing Obama in less than a month.
Wv. Thats true but also even after Trump gets in they are going to claim that land now. But Trump raises another issue which is i dont see trump standing around watching Gog Magog without doing anything. Which raises other scenarios. Such as the gathering up:)
Yes absolutely Scott. The big reason this opens the door for Iran, Turkey and Russia is there is no one left to stop them. Maybe a token protest but no one has Israels back except of course the Lord!
Forgive me Brothers, but you are leaving out two very important things - Isaiah 17 war precedes the Ezekiel 38/39 invasion. - Also, its very important to see what exactly God is doing with allowing the Isaiah 17 war, His purpose, His Plan in all of this, from His perspective.
When the Isaiah 17 war begins, it will matter not who "occupies" the Golan Heights. The enemies of Israel have invaded Israel through the Golan Heights for centuries. Israel has a range of mountains that run the spine of her Land. Enemies throughout history, avoid invading/attacking Israel from the East, as the mountain range is too difficult to scale. This same mountain range is where God Himself will draw Gog and his pathetic followers, to absolutely annihilate them. That leaves the invasion from the North, as the most effective for invading enemies.
With the Ezekiel 38/39 invasion, remember that Iran, Turkey etc. are just remnants. They flee, run to Russia, and God tells Gog to actually be a "guard" to them. After, and during the Isaiah 17 war, any kind of borders will be irrelevant with all of the massive death and destruction, not to mention the final fulfillment of Gods Judgements of Ezekiel Chapters 25-32 that God will let loose on the nations surrounding Israel when He "rebukes" these nations at the end of the Isaiah 17 war.
With ovomit, the current WH squatter,it has always been very clear as to why the U.S. is not there to help Israel in any way during the Isaiah 17 war. However now, with President Trump, I believe it will all go down so fast, we wont even have time to respond. There will be massive destruction, confusion, death withing all of these nations surrounding Israel, and Israel herself...all to fulfill Gods Plan, His Purpose for His People...by the end (which will be very fast) of the Isaiah 17 war, we His Church will be gone....thats how close we are...Praise God!
I agree with that - forgot Isa 17 - and agree that it will precede Gog Magog...But I do believe this UN resolution is a game changer and will embolden Israel's enemies moreso than before and will play a role in the wars to come
No disagreement here Mrs C. My point is if we can see Gog-Magog on the horizon how much closer is the rapture! I don't think we will be for either of these two prophetic wars and they may be very short in duration like the 1967 six day war. I'm hoping for a balcony seat. :) We do know Ezekiel 39 is not really a war as God intervens on Israels behalf and destroys her enemies.
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