Just now, in the U.N. Security Council, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice raised her hand to oppose the resolution condemning Israel’s settlement activity. Thus, the Obama administration did not join the jackals at the U.N. thirsting for Israel’s delegitimization. And thank God for that. But then Rice opened her mouth, and as I write, is delivering a truly foul speech in which she flatly declares that “we reject in the strongest terms the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity,” and declares that such activity is, essentially, the cause for “corroded hopes” in the Middle East. She condemned “the folly and legitimacy” of continued settlement activity.
The action was the right thing; but no one should mistake the action as an act of friendship from the Obama administration, still in thrall to the notion that Israeli action rather than Arab and Palestinian action is the primary problem between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean.