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Thank You, Mr. President

Following the United States’ veto of a United Nation Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s settlement activities


By Jerry Haber

Thank you, Mr. President, for vetoing the UN Security Counsel Resolution condemning the Israeli settlements as illegal.

Thank you for making America the only country in the world to support Israel on this matter.

Thank you for contradicting long-standing US policy on the settlements.

Thank you for not abstaining on this vote – which is what the US has done in the past.

Thank you for talking the talk on settlements but not walking the walk.

Thank you for allowing Israel to say, as it always does, “We and the US have disagreements on various items, but our bond is strong.”

Thank you for doing nothing about the biggest settlement activity within East Jerusalem in over forty-three years.

Thank you for undermining the PA and Abu Mazen.

Thank you for showing the Palestinian people how much – or how little – you can be relied upon.

Thank you for holding the Palestinians hostage to a non-existent (fortunately) peace process.

Thank you for allowing Israel to kill any chance of a two-state solution.

Thank you for making the United States irrelevant in the Middle East.

And Shabbat Shalom from your neighbor up 16th Street.

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Jeremiah (Jerry) Haber is the nom de plume of an orthodox Jewish studies and philosophy professor, who divides his time between Israel and the US. This article was published on Jerry’s blog, The Magnes Zionist. It is reposted here with the author’s permission.

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    1. Louis

      Thanks, Mr. President, for Nothing… and more and more of empty, hollow, banal declarations… you had a chance to take a stand but instead you capitulated to all the acronyms… you failed the real Israel, you failed The Palestinians, you failed pursuers of justice and Peace Seekers!

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    2. “Thank you for making the United States irrelevant in the Middle East.” That is perhaps the most important “thank you” of all. All nations will see our blatant hypocrisy. Al Quaeda will increase its recruiting against us. And this veto has sealed the Middle East view that the U.S. is unfit to be a mediator.

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