For decades, the world knew America would stand beside its allies.
In World Wars, and Cold Wars, in good times and bad, an alliance with America meant that even at the cost of blood and treasure, our allies could count on this nation to honor its commitments. Now, President Obama has again put that hard-won reputation at risk by failing to fight a vote in the United Nations that threatens the very existence of Israel, our most faithful ally in the region and the one nation in the Middle East that shares our values.
Even before it became an independent state, the Islamic world denied Israel’s right to exist and sought to destroy it. After launching and losing repeated wars against Israel, they turned to political efforts in the mid-1970’s that have since proven much more successful. In fact, the full extent of their progress and influence will be on display this week in New York City, where the Palestinian Authority and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) intend to force a vote in the U.N. General Assembly to unilaterally declare the independence of a Palestinian state.
The Palestinian Authority is hoping that a U.N. General Assembly declaration will allow it to unleash a legal tsunami against Israel, and justify the violence it continues to incite. It is a direct attempt by the Palestinians to circumvent peace negotiations, to undermine international law, to demonize and delegitimize Israel, and to avoid responsibilities and commitments required of them under previously signed agreements. A promised veto alone by the United States in the Security Council would be too little, too late.
Why does the Palestinian Authority feel empowered to act so boldly?
The answer lies in the Obama administration’s enduring hostility for Israel, the one nation in the Middle East that has been a steadfast ally of the United States.
Time and time again, President Obama has demeaned and diminished Israel, opting instead for a policy that puts “daylight” between us, in order to placate Islamist states with values inimical to Israel's and our own. This administration has turned a blind eye to the ongoing incitement to violence, glorification of terrorism, and the hateful indoctrination of children committed by both Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party and the Hamas terrorist organization. And they have ignored unprovoked missile attacks and bombings against Israeli civilians.
The United Nations vote could have been stopped by the Obama administration if it had acted decisively from the beginning.