Evidence that the Obama administration is being dishonest regarding the anti-Israel U.N. resolution continues to emerge. This article by Adam Kredo in the Washington Free Beacon shows there is good reason to believe that, contrary to the administration’s claims, Team Obama was a major architect of and driving force behind the condemnatory resolution.
Kredo cites the following:
* There is evidence from multiple sources that Joe Biden phoned Ukraine’s president to ensure that country voted in favor of the resolution, though Biden denies it.
* Documents believed to have been leaked by Egypt show that John Kerry met with senior Palestinian diplomat Saeb Erekat, with Kerry pledging not to veto a condemnatory resolution is worded to the administration’s satisfaction. The document has not, to my knowledge, been authenticated, and the White House denies that such a meeting occurred. However, the meeting appears on Kerry’s schedule for December 12.
* Jonathan Schanzer, a Middle East expert and vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, says he spoke with U.S. officials in September who admitted that the administration was actively considering a U.N. measure regarding Israeli settlements. “We know that this administration was at a minimum helping to shape a final resolution at the United Nations and had been working on this for months,” Schanzer says.
Can we say for sure that the administration is lying about its role in the resolution? Not yet, in my opinion. But the evidence points very much in that direction.
Nor, at this juncture, is the Obama White House entitled to a presumption of truthfulness. Any presumption should run the other way. As Kredo points out, the Obama administration has been caught several times misleading the public about its campaign to discredit Israel, including the funding of an organization that sought to unseat Netanyahu in the country’s last election.
And let’s not forget about the administration’s laughable attempts to spin the cash pallets it sent to Iran as other than a ransom or about its secret side deals with Iran.
Obama’s critics aren’t going to let go of the anti-Israel resolution story. In time, perhaps as soon as the early days of the Trump administration, it likely will become clear whether the White House has been lying about this matter.
It won’t sit well if, as seems likely, the Obama administration’s last big move (hopefully) was predicated on an outright lie.