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Vote to abstain on Israel a back-stabbing, divisive parting shot

Over the length of the Obama presidency, I have voted for him, I have agreed with most of his decisions during his leadership of the U.S., and I have tried hard to be patient with his efforts both domestic and foreign, but now I must draw the line.

Throughout modern history, our U.S. presidents have worked to protect Israel in her efforts to establish a lasting peace in the Middle East. Whether Democrat or Republican, the occupiers of our White House over the years have stood with Israel and have promised to support Israel’s hard work to become a strong leader in the region all the while staring down the gun barrels of their Middle East neighbors, but last Friday, President Obama broke this historic U.S. promise big time!

By instructing our U.S. representative on the Security Council of the United Nations to abstain in a Council vote to once again censure Israel for its activities in the West Bank, we have been witness to a blatant, back-stabbing parting shot by our president against Israel – a clear demonstration of terrible leadership and an overt betrayal of one of our staunchest and dependable allies.

And in the process, President Obama has significantly set back any hope of a return to the Israel-Palestinian peace process for years and has even increased the threat of new conflict.

No matter what one may think about the settlements in the West Bank, the U.S. and Israel have agreed since 1967 that the settlement issue would only be resolved through direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Nothing can be solved through the United Nations who, even before 1967, have taken an overt hypocritical, anti-Israel, anti-Semitic stance against the State of Israel.

Together with the entire world Jewish community, I feel betrayed by our president’s actions last Friday. As a result of their general negative attitude toward Israel, why should the Palestinians negotiate directly with Israel when Mr. Obama has shown them that they can get whatever they want – which is the ultimate destruction of Israel – through the corrupt and terribly amoral United Nations!

Jan. 20 cannot come soon enough for Mr. Obama to leave our White House. History will judge his presidency, but in the meantime, our support for Israel must not waiver.

We must thank our congressmen and congresswomen for their continued support for Israel’s right to exist and we must be ready to hold Mr. Trump accountable to support Israel’s rights in spite of the anti-Semitic political hacks who occupy the United Nations building in New York.

– Rabbi Charles Rubovits, Joliet Jewish Congregation

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