In wake of the Obama administration abstaining from the U.N. resolution that condemned Israeli settlement construction, the nation of Israel and Jewish supporters have been left feeling betrayed. The feeling of betrayal is due to how highly President Obama spoke of Israel when he was running for the office.
An example of this is then-Senator Obama’s speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in 2008. During the speech, Senator Obama made it clear his administration would be a friend of Israel:
“Let me be clear. Israel’s security is sacrosanct. It is non-negotiable. The Palestinians need a state that is contiguous and cohesive, and that allows them to prosper — but any agreement with the Palestinian people must preserve Israel’s identity as a Jewish state, with secure, recognized and defensible borders. Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.”
“The United States must be a strong and consistent partner in this process — not to force concessions, but to help committed partners avoid stalemate and the kind of vacuums that are filled by violence. That’s what I commit to do as president of the United States.”
When President Obama was campaigning in 2008, he also made a trip to Israel and visited the Western Wall. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pointed out how drastic President Obama’s views have changed.
It seems, however, the Obama administration was very active in making sure people voted against Israel. The Free Beacon has reported how Vice President Joe Biden had personally lobbied foreign leaders to vote for the U.N. resolution. The lobbying included Vice President Biden calling Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenk so the country would vote in favor of the resolution. Vice President Biden has denied the accusation.