Israel will share ‘evidence’ of Obama-UN collusion with Trump, ambassador says

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December 27, 2016

Israel’s ambassador the United States says his country will share evidence with President-elect Donald Trump that the Obama administration was behind a United Nations Security Council resolution that condemned Israel’s settlements in Palestinian territory, though the ambassador did not offer the evidence when pressed in a CNN interview.

“We will present this evidence to the new administration through the appropriate channels, and if they want to share it with the American people they are welcome to do it,” Ron Dermer told CNN on Monday.

The Security Council voted 14-0 Friday on a resolution that condemns the settlements as a “flagrant violation of international law” and demands a halt to “all Israeli settlement activities” as “essential for salvaging the two-state solution.”

The United States, which has veto power in the Security Council, abstained from the vote, breaking with longstanding U.S. policy to shield Israel from U.N. condemnation and allowing the resolution to pass.

The move prompted widespread backlash against Obama from Republicans and Democrats alike.

It also infuriated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who already has a shaky relationship with Obama. Netanyahu accused the United States of “colluding” with the United Nations in secret and summoned the U.S. ambassador on Sunday.

  • Bob

    Why is the media not as up in arms with the break of a “long standing US policy” regarding Israel as they were when President elect trump took a dang phone call? Is it because the Obama can not make a policy mistake? is it because the Obama can not be made to account for throwing a long standing ally under the bus? Or could it be because they are hypocritical when it come to how they treat the Obama versus any other President, past or future?

  • Tiger

    Islam’s Tenuous Connection to Jerusalem

    Eli E.Hertz Thu 12/22, 6:58 PMYou

    Islam’s Tenuous Connection to Jerusalem

    December 22, 2016 | Eli E. Hertz

    Despite 1,300 years of Muslim Arab rule, Jerusalem was never the capital
    of an Arab entity. Oddly, the PLO’s National Covenant, written in 1964,
    never mentioned Jerusalem. Only after Israel regained control of the
    entire city did the PLO “update” its Covenant to include Jerusalem.

    Overall, the role of Jerusalem in Islam is best understood as the outcome of political pressure impacting on religious belief.

    Mohammed,
    who founded Islam in 622 CE, was born and raised in present-day Saudi
    Arabia; he never set foot in Jerusalem. His connection to the city came
    years after his death when the Dome of the Rock shrine and the al-Aqsa
    mosque were built in 688 and 691, respectively, their construction
    spurred by political and religious rivalries. In 638 CE, the Caliph (or
    successor to Mohammed) Omar and his invading armies captured Jerusalem
    from the Byzantine Empire. One reason they wanted to erect a holy
    structure in Jerusalem was to proclaim Islam’s supremacy over
    Christianity and its most important shrine, the Church of the Holy
    Sepulcher.

    More
    important was the power struggle within Islam itself. The
    Damascus-based Umayyad Caliphs who controlled Jerusalem wanted to
    establish an alternative holy site if their rivals blocked access to
    Mecca. That was important because the Hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca was
    (and remains today) one of the Five Pillars of Islam. As a result, they
    built what became known as the Dome of the Rock shrine and the adjacent
    mosque.

    To
    enhance the prestige of the “substitute Mecca,” the Jerusalem mosque
    was named “al-Aqsa.” It means “the furthest mosque” in Arabic, but has
    far broader implications, since it is the same phrase used in a key
    passage of the Quran called “The Night Journey.” In that passage,
    Mohammed arrives at “al-Aqsa” on a winged steed accompanied by the
    Archangel Gabriel; from there they ascend into heaven for a divine
    meeting with Allah, after which Mohammed returns to Mecca. Naming the
    Jerusalem mosque
    “al-Aqsa” was an attempt to say the Dome of the Rock was the very spot
    from which Mohammed ascended to heaven, thus tying Jerusalem to divine
    revelation in Islamic belief. The problem however is, that Mohammed died
    in the year 632, nearly 50 years before the first construction of the “al-Aqsa” Mosque was completed.

    Jerusalem
    never replaced the importance of Mecca in the Islamic world. When the
    Umayyad dynasty fell in 750, Jerusalem also fell into near obscurity for
    350 years, until the Crusades. During those centuries, many Islamic
    sites in Jerusalem fell into disrepair and in 1016 the Dome of the Rock
    collapsed.

    Still,
    for 1,300 years, various Islamic dynasties (Syrian, Egyptian, and
    Turkish) continued to govern Jerusalem as part of their overall control
    of the Land of Israel, disrupted only by the Crusaders. What is amazing
    is that over that period, not one Islamic dynasty ever made Jerusalem
    its capital. By the 19th century, Jerusalem had been so neglected by
    Islamic rulers that several prominent Western writers who visited
    Jerusalem were moved to write about it. French writer Gustav Flaubert,
    for example, found “ruins everywhere” during his visit in 1850 when it
    was part of the Turkish Empire (1516-1917). Seventeen years later Mark
    Twain wrote that Jerusalem had “become a pauper village.”

    Indeed,
    Jerusalem’s importance in the Islamic world only appears evident when
    non-Muslims (including the Crusaders, the British, and the Jews) control
    or capture the city. Only at those points in history did Islamic
    leaders claim Jerusalem as their third most holy
    city after Mecca and Medina. That was again the case in 1967, when
    Israel captured Jordanian-controlled East Jerusalem (and the Old City)
    during the 1967 Six-Day War.

  • Webb

    OBAMA Betrayed Israel…

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