It’s hard to make Britain into some sort of hero here. They could have vetoed the Screw Israel resolution just as much as the U.S. could have. Not only did they not veto it, they voted for it. Condemning anti-Netanyahu rhetoric after the fact does nothing to reverse that singular act of destruction. But maybe the Brits thought – however misguidedly – that the resolution would serve as some sort of nudge toward a peaceful solution, and they never had any interest in rhetorically piling on Netanyahu like Kerry decided to do on Wednesday.
Or maybe the Brits have realized the whole thing was a mistake in the first place, and now they’re trying to gently inch their way back toward reality, which forces you to recognize the nature of the threats Israel faces, and the impossible nature of the challenges Netanyahu has to deal with – which aren’t made any easier when a piece of garbage like Kerry attacks him as he did on Wednesday.
One cheer to the Brits, I guess, for at least bowing that much to the truth:
Amid one of the United States’ sharpest confrontations with Israel since the 1956 Suez crisis, Kerry said in a speech that Israel jeopardizeds hopes of peace in the Middle East by building settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
While Britain voted for the UN resolution that so angered Netanyahu and says that settlements in the occupied territories are illegal, a spokesman for May said that it was clear that the settlements were far from the only problem in the conflict.
In an unusually sharp public rebuke of Obama’s top diplomat, May’s spokesman said that Israel had coped for too long with the threat of terrorism and that focusing only on the settlements was not the best way to achieve peace between Jew and Arab.
London also took particular issue with Kerry’s description of Netanyahu’s coalition as “the most right-wing in Israeli history, with an agenda driven by its most extreme elements.”
“We do not believe that it is appropriate to attack the composition of the democratically-elected government of an ally,” May’s spokesman said when asked about Kerry 70-minute speech in the State Department’s auditorium.
You think the “world community” (or at least some members of it) are feeling a little buyer’s remorse over this resolution? It seems likely to result in some sort of U.S.. retaliation against the UN once Trump takes office. I’ll be pleasantly surprised if the U.S. fully defunds the UN, but there are a lot of other things Trump could do to make the crowd from the Star Wars bar scene wish they’d never done what they did.
Maybe Theresa May fears she’s been had by Obama and Kerry, who probably sold this to the Brits and others as a “balanced” move in the pursuit of peace, only to turn around and prove they had anything of the sort in mind by bashing Netanyahu as viciously as Kerry did on Wednesday.
And in another delicious irony, Obama’s and Kerry’s anti-Israel overreach appears to be pushing May closer to Trump’s position. In addition to being complete a-holes, these guys really aren’t very smart either.