The latest drama of how just damaged the relationship between outgoing U.S. president Barack Obama and current Israeli Prime Minister is unfolded in the UN when the president personally ordered the US delegation to abstain from the vote, foregoing its veto powers and thus allowing the UN to pass a resolution condemning the continued building of Israeli settlements on Palestinian lands.
As an administration official indicated the decision not to use the veto “is consistent with long-standing, bipartisan U.S. policy” opposing settlements. “We’ve been very concerned that these accelerating trends are putting the very viability of the two-state solution at risk,” the oficial, Ben Rhodes said. “In that context, we therefore thought that we could not in good conscience veto a resolution that expressed concerns about the very trends that are eroding the foundation for a two-state solution.”
It is not a secret that the two men have been at logger heads for much of their time in office with Netanyahu never missing the opportunity to act as a stooge of the Republican opposition or vice versa, in their attempts to embarras the president. In this case, it was using the president elect Donald Trump to try to go around the current administration to which the deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes responded, “there is one president at a time.”