President Obama Throws Israel Under the Bus the Day Before Hanukkah and Christmas Eve

By Michael Brown Published on December 24, 2016

It is a decision that will live on in reproach and infamy, bringing further shame to the legacy of President Barack Obama: Just one day before the beginning of Hanukkah and Christmas, our departing president threw Israel under the bus.

Shame on you, Mr. President. Your betrayal will not be forgotten.

For weeks now there has been talk that Obama would take one last shot at Prime Minister Netanyahu, with whom he has had an icy, often tense, relationship. There were even accusations that he actively worked against Netanyahu’s 2015 reelection, accusations that make Obama’s indignation over Russia’s alleged involvement in our 2016 elections all the more ironic.

Would he try to push again for a two-state solution, even arguing for 1967 borders, as he once did?

It turns out there was another plan, one that would use the UN Security Council to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem — the so-called disputed, Palestinian territories — with one Israeli official claiming that the Obama administration helped the Palestinian leadership craft the resolution.

This much we know for sure. On Thursday, when the vote was to go before the security council, President-elect Trump reached out to Egyptian President el-Sisi, asking him to withdraw sponsorship of the bill, and remarkably, el-Sisi complied.

It appears that Egypt wants to have Israel as an ally in its war against Isis and the Muslim Brotherhood, not to mention Egypt’s desire to be on good footing with our new president, and so, the resolution was tabled for the day.

The UN has been infamously anti-Semitic through its history – that is to say, it has been so unjustly and blatantly anti-Israel that it has demonstrated actual anti-Semitism – and this latest UN resolution was just another manifestation of that ugly pattern.

On Friday, however, New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal, and Venezuela reintroduced the bill for a vote, and for the first time, rather than using our veto power as a permanent member of the security council to stop this biased attack on Israel, President Obama instructed Samantha Power, our Ambassador to the UN, to abstain from voting. And so, with the direct help of the President of the United States, the UN Security Council condemned the nation of Israel for building settlements in the “occupied territories.”

I’m aware, of course, that there are legal and moral disputes over the settlements, with Israel constantly reaffirming its legal and moral right to continue to build. A spokesman for the president gave this simple justification for our actions on Friday: We stand with Israel — after all, we “just concluded a $38 billion tenure (memorandum of understanding) for security assistance to Israel” — and we join the international community in opposing the settlements, which are an obstacle to peace.

But there is no coincidence that, with just days left in his administration, and with the reality that much of his legacy will quickly be undone by incoming President Trump, outgoing President Obama committed this act of betrayal against our one true ally in the Middle East, America’s historic close friend, Israel.

The fact is, there are more than 1.5 million Palestinian Arabs living as full-citizens in Israel, serving on the Supreme Court, holding seats in the Knesset, enjoying the unique benefits and freedoms that Israel offers to its people. (For the record, when polled, they have no desire to be under Palestinian leadership.) In contrast, the Palestinians do not want any Jews living in their disputed territories, all the more so if there is a two-state solution.

In other words, the Palestinian Arabs will continue to live in Israel, but a Palestinian State must be Judenrein — entirely free of Jews. Where is the world outcry over this?

The bottom line, though, is this.

The UN has been infamously anti-Semitic through its history – that is to say, it has been so unjustly and blatantly anti-Israel that it has demonstrated actual anti-Semitism – and this latest UN resolution was just another manifestation of that ugly pattern. (For another recent example, see here.)

At times like this, regardless of whether America was supportive of Israel’s settlement policy, there was only right thing for us to do, namely, veto the resolution and stand with Israel.

At times like this, regardless of whether America was supportive of Israel’s settlement policy, there was only right thing for us to do, namely, veto the resolution and stand with Israel. Instead, President Obama was complicit in condemning Israel on the world stage shortly before leaving office, thereby confirming the criticisms of the many who always questioned the depth of his solidarity with the Jewish state.

Ironically, this has paved the way for President-elect Trump to make his solidarity with Israel (and his antipathy to the UN) all the more clear, as he tweeted out yesterday: “As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th.”

And on the allegedly anti-Semitic, Orthodox Jewish columnist Joel B. Pollack has already written about, “Five Ways Trump Could Avenge the Anti-Israel UN Vote,” all of which are very feasible.

President Obama, then, has shown his true colors in the closing days of his presidency and immediately before the beginning of Christmas Eve and the first day of Hanukkah.

But the timing of his infamous act reminds me of this: God’s purposes for the world through Jesus will continue unabated, and in the Hebrew words commemorated by the Hanukkah miracle, Am Yisrael Chai, The People of Israel Live.

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  • Colin Austin Barnes

    Yesterday was a bitter day. The UN Security Council passes a bill declaring that Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria, places like the Western Wall and the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, is illegal. Jews had lived in Jerusalem for over 3,000 years, until they were illegally forced out by the Jordanian army in 1948. For the next 19 years, no Jews were allowed to either live there or visit, and the synagogues within it were blown up. Now the UN Security Council has given its retroactive approval to that illegal ethnic cleansing, and demanded that that 19 year aberration of 1948-1967 must over-rule the previous 3,000 years, and subsequent 50 years of Jewish residency. Likewise, no Jews may live in Hebron, because in 1929, 67 were murdered and the rest driven out by local Arab gangs. The results of that pogrom are now enshrined in international diplomacy. To its eternal shame and disgrace, that ethnic cleansing has now been approved of and enforced by the UNSC.
    America, which failed to act in accordance with written guarantees to its ally, but responded rather in malice and petulance, and abstained from blocking the bill, bears a great deal of this shame and disgrace. England and France, which voted for the bill, bear an even greater guilt. New Zealand, which co-sponsored the bill bears the greatest shame. What did Israel ever do to them??
    Clearly, territorial compromises arrived at through direct negotiations are needed. This bill would give the Palestinians 100% of the disputed territory without any need to actually negotiate or indeed even recognize the State of Israel.

    Numbers 23:7-9 Then Balaam uttered his oracle: “Balak brought me from Aram, the king of Moab from the eastern mountains. ‘Come,’ he said, ‘curse Jacob for me; come, denounce Israel.’ How can I curse those whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce those whom the LORD has not denounced? From the rocky peaks I see them, from the heights I view them. I see a people who live apart and do not consider themselves one of the nations.

    • galatians328

      It is shocking that you have no equal devotion and care for the many Arab Christians in the West Bank! Those are your brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ! And you have absolutely no love and care for them! God will judge that, don’t ya think?

      • Colin Austin Barnes

        What on earth makes you assume I do not care for them? I wrote about the need for compromise. loving Israel does not require hating Palestinians. The opposite is true – Romans 15:8-12 For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, to confirm the promises made to the patriarchs 9 so that the Gentiles may glorify God for his mercy, as it is written: “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing hymns to your name.” 10 Again, it says, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.”
        11 And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and sing praises to him, all you peoples.” 12 And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.”

        • galatians328

          Very well … where then is the nation-state Israel’s compromise by putting 500,000 Israelis in land that they have promised for a nation-state Palestine? That is threat and not compromise.

          You quote from Romans 15 … but chapters in Apostle Paul’s letters are not there by his hand but a latter inventions. The text you cite naturally follows from the great and important discussion preceding it where Apostle Paul declares that non-Jewish/Gentile Christians DO NOT NEED to follow Jewish laws or customs about purity – do not NEED to be circumcised, do not NEED to eat ‘kosher’, do not NEED to segregate themselves, etc. The part of the argument you cite is Paul’s conclusion about God’s graciousness: that Christians who KNOW they don’t need to follow ‘old covenant’ laws and rules and customs – and are therefore STRONG in the liberty of the Lord Jesus Christ – should not flaunt that liberty, if that liberty would harm WEAKER Christians in their pursuit of salvation.

          This portion is reminiscent of Pauls quotation from the great early Christian hymn about Jesus Christ’s kenosis ( ’emptying’) for the sake of salvation. A portion of that great early Christian hymn is in Philippians 2: 5-11. This great hymn must be one of the most ancient ritual texts from early Christianity because Paul quotes it! The very earliest Christian communities sang this hymn in their house church fellowships! What a great gift Paul has given Christians to quote this ancient hymn!

          So, the goal of the hymn – and Paul in Romans (14, 15) – is to model the behavior of Christians. We are to be humble in service.

          It is not humble service toward Arab Christians by defending an Israeli policy that denies them land promised to them by Israel, that keeps them in a kind of ‘apartheid’ where they cannot vote but nevertheless must be subject to laws that they had no part of writing.

  • Hmmm…

    On the upside of this sickening, wrenching event, I remember that God can change things, turn things around, do what is impossible to men, turn disaster into rescue and normalcy. Thankful for our quirky Trump to the rescue and possibilities mentioned here as well as others mentioning applying for a repeal, or trying. This will not go against our nation like some other anti-Israel things have, but God will read our hearts and make good on our desires for his good will to be done. He will hear from Heaven and fix this. It is his will and he is able.

    • galatians328

      Apparently you have no equal devotion and care for the many Arab Christians in the West Bank! Those are your brother and sister in the Lord Jesus Christ! And you have absolutely no love and care for them! God will judge that, don’t ya think?

  • Awin

    The day Obama was elected for….That God may receive the Glory…To Him, it was no surprise….To us, the surprise remains…

  • Abbie Wirick

    As one who chooses to avoid the “news”, I am grateful that you make me aware of the truly important goings on. I’m reminded of someone saying that God was raising up a Trumpet… whether that is true, I don’t know, but I am hopeful. Blessings and Shalom, Michael.

    • galatians328

      Do you have equal devotion and care for the many Arab Christians in the West Bank! Those are your brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ! And you have absolutely no love and care for them? God will judge that, don’t ya think?

  • Paul

    What else should we expect from the muslim sympathizing POTUS?

  • Aliquantillus

    This is not only a shameful act of Obama, but of all Western powers with a seat in the UN Security Council. Britain and France were part of it. Like Obama, PM Theresa May acted with consummate duplicity by following up her Chanukah message with an act of outright betrayal. There should be consequences, in particular for Britain. Happily there are possibilities to punish the UK, now that Britain is trying to upgrade its trade relations with Israel after the Brexit.

  • galatians328

    We hardly think that a largest ever, historic GIFT from the US to Israel of $38 BILLION is ‘throwing under the bus’.

    From Reuters:
    The United States will give Israel $38 billion in military assistance over the next decade, the largest such aid package in U.S. history, under a landmark agreement. The package constitutes the most U.S. military aid ever given to any country,


    Christians believe that God will judge the nations. Here is a word of wisdom from the now gone Rev Billy Graham, below. God still judges nations as God judged individuals. God judged ancient Israel and other nations, and will continue to judge them.

    How will God judge Israel for its current wickedness no less than as God did for its ancient wickedness? We do not know. But God will just every nation’s wickedness including the wickedness of israel the nation. It is error – that many apparently hold – that the 21st century nation Israel is equivalent to ‘God’s People’. But, in fact, as we know from The Bible, that God’s People are People who follow God not a single nation. Micah announces this without doubt:

    from Micah 4:
    … And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it. For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever. …

    What a glorious announcement and a great (and awesome/awe-inspiring) day of the Lord’s doing! We see that that glorious, awesome day of the Lord will

    – bring ‘many nations’ together (not just one nation, Israel, of the US, or etc)
    – God will judge according to God’s word ( not by what we think is just, or fair, or right)
    – there will be peacefulness and abundance with God from God (“swords into ploughshares’, ‘every one under vine and fig tree’, ‘none shall make them afraid’)
    – many different cultures and religions will live in this blessedness (“all people will walk every one in the name is their god’ – some translations say ‘gods’)

    We see how the first Christians announced God’s continuing love and continuing judgement upon the Jewish people. Apostle Peter declared – as recorded in Acts 3 – that like any nation Israel must ‘turn from its wicked ways’:

    Apostle Peter declared
    … “And now, friends,[e] I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18 In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah[f] would suffer. 19 Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out, 20 so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah[g] appointed for you, that is, Jesus, 21 who must remain in heaven until the time of universal restoration that God announced long ago through his holy prophets. 22 Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you from your own people[h] a prophet like me. You must listen to whatever he tells you. 23 And it will be that everyone who does not listen to that prophet will be utterly rooted out of the people.’ 24 And all the prophets, as many as have spoken, from Samuel and those after him, also predicted these days. 25 You are the descendants of the prophets and of the covenant that God gave to your ancestors, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your descendants all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ 26 When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you, to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”

    From Billy Graham, 2006
    Does God still judge nations for their sins, like He did in Old Testament times? If so, how bad does a nation have to get before God will finally give up on it and bring down judgment upon it?

    Yes, God still judges nations for their sins—just as He still judges individuals. The Bible is clear: “You may be sure that your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).
    After all, God hasn’t changed over the centuries; He is holy and pure, and whenever we scorn Him, we run the risk of incurring His judgment. Sin is an offense to Him—and the reason is because sin is a deliberate denial of God and His will for our lives. When we sin, we deliberately turn our backs on God and say our way is better than His. But we are wrong—and eventually we will pay the price. The Bible warns that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
    The same is true of a nation that rejects God. When ancient Israel turned against God, the prophets warned that God’s judgment would eventually come upon them—and it did. But God also warned that the surrounding nations would be judged too because they had no regard for God—and they were. Sometimes it happens in one great catastrophe; sometimes it happens in a series of smaller disasters and defeats. But it happens.

    • FO


    • Kevin Carr

      That 38 Billion came with some unsavory strings attached, he is no friend of Israel. God is not done with Israel and they will wake up to the truth of who Christ is and what he has done. God will not let any that mistreat Israel off the hook.

      • galatians328

        God called out and loved the People of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This is the way God’s conveniently love is expressed repeatedly in the Bible. An example the covenantal statement from Deuteronomy is below:

        ….loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

        God the Creator gave Jacob a special name ‘Israel’:

        “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.”

        The Hebrew people, became know as ‘Israelites’. The ancient Israelites broke their covenantal relationships with God many many MANY MANY times. And they were taken into captivity. They were oppressed by invaders. And other horrors arose when the ‘the people of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob’ forget and disobeyed the covenant. Jesus of Nazareth we born in ancient Israel into an ancient Israelite family. Jesus loved Israel as Jesus loved God the Creator. Jesus of Nazareth preached that judgement would fall upon Israel for abandoning the covenant. And it did. The Apostles understood Jesus’ teaching and carried it forward. The ‘New Testament’ means ‘The New Covenant’. Christians – who are not heretics – believe that the Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled – completely, perfectly, and forever – the terms of a ‘New Covenant’. Christians under the New Covenant are no longer required to follow the Old Covenant, including that they do not need to make sacrifices, and they do not need to have male circumcision, and they don’t have to follow the many many MANY laws of purity.

        Any pastor or preacher who tells followers that they must
        – follow the purity laws
        – make sacrifices
        – be circumcised
        – obey Jewish authorities
        – endorse the politics of the nation-state Israel
        are not correctly teaching about the ‘New Covenant’.

        The Bible witness is clear that Jewish people who accept the Old Covenant are to follow the terms of that covenant, isn’t that true? Therefore, whenever Jewish people under the Old Covenant fail to obey that covenant God will punish them. God has in the past and will again.

        Prayer and response of Christians under the New Covenant might be to
        – always pray for the people under the Old Covenant that they come to learn of the New Covenant
        – always pray for the people under the Old Covenant that they – if not learning of the New Covenant – live faithfully under the Old Covenant’s conditions
        – pray for all peoples of all faith and non-faiths, all politics and non-politics, all cultures, etc to learn the New Covenant

        Americans – as Americans – not necessarily as Christians, we believe
        – ought to support democratic processes in nations around the world
        – ought to criticize failures of democratic processes, here and abroad in other nations

        The nation Israel has some democratic processes that Americans should support and other that we ought to criticize They in turn can support us and criticize us.

        We are glad to support Israel as a democracy with $38 BILLION, with money that could have helped millions of Americans have healthier, safer, better lives. So that $38 BILLION is a BIG SACRIFICE from millions of struggling Americans who could have used the money for their health, their feeble elderly family including who need 24 hour care; their struggling children to get mental health help, substance abuse help, school attendance support; to help unborn infants have a health pre-natal and after-birth life; to have a small vacation to enjoy family life; to fix the car needed to go to work; to get training to have a better job: etc

        So, that $38 BILLION Is a big big BIG BIG sacrifice from ALL AMERICANS. The White House decided that it was a good thing to support the nation Israel with this huge, historic, largest ever GIFT to Israel.

        When the nation Israel takes our $38 BILLION and then criticizes us that is their right to do. But Israel could have given back the $38 BILLION, couldn’t they? What do you call people when you give them something that is very very VERY COSTLY for you to give them and then they turn back on you to criticize you? What do you call such people?

        • Kevin Carr

          From the time of Christ’s resurrection all people (Jews too) can only obtain salvation through Christ alone. God’s promises to Abraham were not cancelled, the promise of blessing his offspring as a nation was unconditional. Romans 9 and 11 let all know He (God) is not finished with them. Old covenant not in force any longer.

          • galatians328

            We agree and disagree. Romans 9-11 are among the most challenging for theology. There Apostle Paul struggles with issues that theology identifies and discusses under terms such as ‘pre-destination’, ‘free will’, ‘destiny’, etc. Apostle Paul goes to trouble to state that he has prayed and struggled much with what he writes: “I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit”. It is wonderful that Apostle Paul writes in such a personal, humble way admitting his struggle – ‘in fear and trembling’ – rather than just saying, as do so many preachers these days, with prideful boasting, ‘God told me … therefore do what I say’. NO, we must do what God says, and the example of Apostle Paul, as with Abraham, and Moses, and Deborah, and Mary, and Joseph, is that human who encounter God may be asked to struggle in fear and trembling with what God reveals. So, it is entirely appropriate that we struggle with difficult theology. And that struggle means that we may read the scriptures differently. So we have many different denominations and congregations of Christianity. Sometimes the different readings come from different groups having a different focus.

            So, when we read these difficult chapters we might focus on this part in Romans 10:

            I can testify that they [Israel] have a zeal for God, but it is not enlightened. 3 For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they have not submitted to God’s righteousness. 4 For Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

            Apostle Paul declares that while the People of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob have ‘zeal/desire/energy toward’ God – under the Old Covenant – they have made that Covenant more about their own ‘righteousness’ – their many religious concepts, laws, rules, and regulations – rather than ‘submission’ to God’s righteousness by struggling to learn God’s will. Paul says that Jesus Christ is the ‘Christ-Messiah’ that fulfills the Old Covenant but ‘the Jews’ have held on to their own ‘righteousness’ rather than grasping – by God’s grace – the righteousness of God revealed in the Lord Jesus Christ, which is ‘an end to the law’. Paul argues that God’s righteousness is such beyond what we can imagine humanly that we must humbly bend to God’s righteousness and not proclaim our own versions of righteousness.

            This analysis advises, theologically, that what we hear from very many Christian preachers and pastors, and in this article, that we must spend and spend and spend on supporting the nation-state Israel, and accept any and all policies of any current political administration of the nation-state Israel, is vain! God’s righteousness does not require the US to spend and spend and spend to support that particular nation-state more than any others, and God’s righteousness does not requires the US to support whatever policies and decisions made by any current political administration of the nation-state Israel.

    • Mo86

      You know and care nothing for the Bible. Be gone, troll.

      • galatians328

        My my my …. citing and thoughtfully discussion the Prophet Micah, the Apostle Peter, and the Rev Billy Graham display ‘no care’ for the Bilbe? …. one supposes you’d prefer we discuss the passages about the Little Drummer Boy’s devotion to the baby Jesus and quote from the Book of Ivanka?

    • azsxdcf1

      Accurate as your “now gone” Rev Billy Graham! Be gone, troll.

      • galatians328

        The many Arab Christians in the West Bank are not ‘trolls’. Those are your brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ! And you have absolutely no love and care for them? God will judge that, don’t ya think? Perhaps God will even call you ‘troll’ for abandoning Jesus brothers and sisters in the West Bank.

  • Eric

    The mess in Palestine is complicated, but I’m having trouble understanding your comments. It seems to me you approve of the UN creating the secular state of Israel , you approve of the UN setting borders for the state of Israel , but you disapprove of the UN enforcing the borders of the secular state of Israel that the UN created?

    I follow your articles Dr. Brown, and i know you understand the political and moral mess that has been made over there. I truly ask for guidance either from a link to another article , or a new article on how or what the Palestines , some of which are my my Christian brothers and sister in Christ , are to do. There land , their heritage is disappearing , from settlements of Israel , to ISIS, the ongoing harassment of Hamas. I hear a lot about Israel , but very little about my Palestinian brothers and sisters in Christ or the Palestinian Muslims trying to live in peace. Thanks!!

  • Patmos

    It was a classic Obama move: Presented as thoughtful and with a conscience, but ultimately the act of a cowardly weasel.

  • Hmmm…

    Where is the magazine cover showing Obama’s face melting down.
    Now, he’s actually blathering that he would have won the election had he been able to run …
    Now, who is the loose cannon?

  • Mo86

    This vile man, Obama, loathes Israel. His personal hatred and disgust toward Netanyahu is evident even in photos or video, when his guard is down.

    This is a truly evil man.

    • Royce E. Van Blaricome

      I can’t speak to BHO’s “personal hatred and disgust toward Netanyahu” but I don’t see how there can be any doubt that you are spot on with “This is truly an evil man.”

      THAT has been evidenced by just about ever single thing the man has done since becoming POTUS. Even before when he voted THREE TIMES as a Senator to allow the surviving baby of a botched abortion to be wheeled off to the side and starve to death!

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