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US and Israel: hostile neutrality

Obama in the UNThe US ambassador to the UN pointedly stayed out of the General Assembly’s discussion on the Goldstone report. Many analysts misread the US move as a high-nosed rejection of the UN’s findings. This cannot be true, given Obama’s embrace of the UN and the presence of many EU ambassadors. Obama would not position his country in moral opposition to Europe.

The US ambassador’s absence was a painful remainder to Israel that Obama can act both ways. Now he generally agrees with Goldstone, but he abstained from supporting the GA’s resolution. But Obama’s absence showed that he did not want to publicly oppose the resolution either.

The EU essentially sided with the Muslims by urging Israel to prosecute her “war criminals.”

In a feat of hypocrisy, the GA’s resolution was introduced by Egypt—Israel’s major ally in the Gaza war. Egypt deceived Hamas with last-minute negotiations just before Israel launched the offensive, and closed the Rafah border with Gaza during the entire campaign.
When Egypt ruled Gaza from 1948 to 1967, it customarily shelled civilian centers with artillery to pacify the Palestinians.

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