Here’s a good analysis of the whole thing at the Intercept. They point out that both Papa Bush and Bush Junior let a number of these worthless resolutions get through the UN. This is Obama’s first. So despite the rhetoric coming from the Israelis and their neocon allies in America, Obama’s been steadfast in his support of the Israeli regime and their violation of so called “international law.”
The resolution does nothing to stop Israel from continuing to build Jewish settlements on what most governments, including the Washington regime before and during Obama’s presidency, consider to be the home of a future Palestinian state. It basically just says they should stop. It carries absolutely no consequences for non-compliance.
I agree with Obama’s decision to abstain from the vote and to not veto it. Trump of course rushed to Israel’s defense along with Chuck Schumer, John McCain, and Paul Ryan saying the veto should have been used. One of the most disappointing aspects of Trump so far has been his subservience to Bibi Netanyahu.
Here’s how I propose the US handle these types of issues moving forward:
- Exit the UN, cut off funding, and kick them out of the United States.
- Barring item number 1, abstain from every single vote.
- Only use veto power on resolutions that authorize economic sanctions or the use of force. In those cases veto every single one.