The Nobel award, said Barack Obama at the time, was 'an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations' and must be shared with everyone who strives for "justice and dignity". Where was the justice and dignity in the sad story of America’s UN veto?
Having blocked the United Nations Security Council draft resolution on Friday, which would have condemned Israeli squatter colonies as illegal, Obama has now written America completely out of the script on Middle East peace.
Many will see it as a blessing that the US has so spectacularly disqualified itself from serious discussion, and that Obama has finally lifted the scales from the eyes of all those who unwisely invested high hopes in him.
Netanyahu's office was cock-a-hoop and said Israel was "deeply grateful" to be let off the hook and as a reward the delinquent promises to be a good boy and "pursue negotiations vigorously" with the Palestinians. The US veto made it clear that “the only path to such a peace will come through direct negotiations and not through the decisions of international bodies”.
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