MEMRI strikes again, I think

The Obama administration denied that it coordinated the introduction and passage of the infamous United Nations Security Council resolution that allocated to the Palestinian Arabs all the land taken by Israel in its defense in 1967, including the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem. The Obama administration goes so far as to concede that it its abstention allowed the passage of the resolution. It hasn’t explained why it abstained rather than voted in favor of it. Given Obama’s legislative record in Illinois, it may be a case of old habits being hard to break.

If the Obama administration has an operative principle other than betraying allies and supporting enemies of the United States, it would be prevarication. It gives us prevarication as a political principle.

If past practice is any guide, the Obama administration’s fingerprints are all over that UN Security Council resolution. The Israelis say they have solid information to that effect and have proven more reliable sources than President Obama, Secretary Kerry, Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes et al. Indeed, the government of Iran has proven a more reliable source of relevant information than the Obama administration. It’s almost unbelievable.

Note the limits of White House spokesman Eric Schultz’s denial of the Israelis’ attribution of responsibility to the Obama administration. Schultz issued a statement stressing that the administration did not draft the resolution. “The Egyptians, in partnership with the Palestinians, are the ones who began circulating an earlier draft of the resolution,” Schultz said. “The Egyptians are the ones who moved it forward on Friday [December 23]. And we took the position that we did when it was put to a vote.” It bears the quality of a Nixonian nondenial denial.

The truth will emerge after the scoundrels have left the building. In the meantime, the invaluable MEMRI translates the report of an Egyptian daily close to Egyptian intelligence revealing the minutes of the secret Palestinian Authority meeting with John Kerry and Susan Rice. The reported minutes show U.S.-Palestinian coordination on the resolution and a preview of more in store.

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