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Four views on Obama, Kerry and the UNSC settlement resolution

Ariel, one of the four largest settlements in the West Bank WIKI COMMONS PHOTO

On Dec. 23, U.S President Barack Obama chose not to use the U.S. Veto against the UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which states that Israel′s settlement activity constitutes a “flagrant violation” of international law and has “no legal validity.” Nearly a week later, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a speech critical of, among other things, Israeli settlements. What does this mean for Israel?

Two of our regular CJN columnists, Mordechai Ben-Dat and Mira Sucharov, and two guest writers, Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and Hart Schwartz, past president of JSpaceCanada, offer their opinions on these critical events.


Mordechai Ben-Dat: “The reversal of U.S. policy by President Barack Obama toward Israel at the UN Security Council last month was stunning. His decision not to veto the anti-settlement resolution was inconsistent with prior decisions, substantively flawed, patently punitive, transparently vindictive and potentially very harmful to the actual attainment of peace between Palestinians and Israelis.”

Read Ben-Dat’s full opinion here.

Mira Sucharov: “U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Dec. 28 speech following the American abstention on the recent UN Security Council Resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity (along with Palestinian terrorism and incitement) provides at least three major takeaways. First, the reaction by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs gives us reason to be suspicious of the way the self-described Israel lobby for Canada’s Jewish community reasons through political matters.”

Read Sucharov’s full opinion here.

Shimon Koffler Fogel: “January begins with tension between Israel and the United States. The American decision to allow the UN Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements – including Jewish neighbourhoods in parts of Jerusalem – and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent speech on Israel have proven polarizing and unhelpful to the cause of peace.”

Read Fogel’s full opinion here.

Hart Schwartz: “It is disturbing to hear the response from many that we should all ‘Stand with Israel’ in the aftermath of outgoing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s stunning rebuke. To treat any criticism of Israel or its government as a challenge to the very existence of the Jewish state is the worst form of slippery slope argumentation. It is devoid of nuance, or even recognition that one can be more supportive of Israel by criticism than by unquestioning praise.”

Read Schwartz’s full opinion here.

  • TerrorIsEvil

    I have 3 views of the Obama administration and their “progressive” agenda: STINK, STANK and STUNK!

  • TerrorIsEvil

    I would like to take the Passover analogy describing types of sons/daughters (Wise, Wicked, Simple and Knows Not) one step further with your cast of characters:

    Mordechai Ben-Dat: Wise

    Shimon Koffler Fogel: Simple.

    I have always found this guy and his organization to be more interested in power and control than in defending Israel. Up to now he has not recognized the problem or, if he recognized it, he has not been willing to do anything about it. I will give him a pass for now because lately they have been making baby steps to framing the problem and saying some things that need to be said – but now they need to prove their mettle by taking steps as real activists (or getting behind real activists) and showing what they are made of and showing that they are actually on Israel’s side (not just pompous fools).

    Hart Schwartz: Knows Not

    He reminds me of the emotional teenager who is about to cut his wrists because he feels so badly
    that Israel does not adhere to leftist “progressive” thinking about “two-state
    solutions and land for peace” and he continues to listen to Obama who really does want to cut Israel’s wrists for being a Jewish State that Obama wants to be an Islamic Palestinian
    state. Hart really cannot wrap his head around the idea that after many wars
    and jihadist terrorism against Israel that Islamic antisemitism and conquest
    are the real problems.

    Mira Sucharov: Wicked

    She is actively recruiting haters against Israel and wants them to be and think like her – a woman devoted to the Palestinian cause at the expense of her Jewish brothers and sisters. She is so dedicated to her mission so deeply that she promotes her brand of extremism in the CJN and
    on campuses and media. She makes money from her blacklisting-Israel beliefs just
    like her fellow leftists. Leftism is her real religion and agenda.