According to one report: “Over the weekend, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sharply criticized President Obama’s administration, after the United Nations Security Council voted to adopt a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements on Friday, which the United States did not veto”.
It should be noted that all the UN Security Council members (which included the UK) except the USA voted for the resolution. The USA abstained although if it had opposed the motion it would have been able to use its veto power to prevent it passing. The ramifications of the passing of the resolution remains to be seen, although could well prove significant, and while there is jubilation among those who feel this is long overdue (indeed since 1967 when Israel won certain territories following the six-day war) there has been understandable reaction and defiance from the Netanyahu led Israeli government, who have chosen to ignore the resolution as well as some Zionist friends who see this as further evidence of hatred toward Israel.
As those who follow my blogs know, I take particular interest in the fate of Israel. It also creates a conundrum insofar my heart, head and my theology incline me to support Israel and yet oppose it, based on what appears to me their flagrant injustices perpetrated against the non-Jewish people who live in the land they control, including building settlements on the land they occupy. There is a pragmatic consideration based on theological understanding and momentous events unfolding in the Middle East, which even if not involving Israel directly, it is a key factor that can’t be ignored.
In the dying days of the Obama led US administration, in the light of his earlier rhetoric, it is perhaps not a surprise that the USA chose to abstain in the UN vote, fully aware of what the consequences might be. While USA has been Israel’s greatest friend, certainly in terms of financial aid it has given, this as a result of the powerful Zionist influence and Israel being a much welcomed and needed ally in the region, Obama of all recent presidents has been least supportive. He is about to be replaced by Trump who might turn out to be the most supportive of Israel. I fully expect there to be all sorts of sparks to fly in days to come, especially in the light of Middle East instability.
I write, as I often do, by way of putting a stake in the ground concerning a subject I care about. There is so much happening around me that accentuates feelings of consternation. There is a yearning too to get to the bottom of what is going on. Moreover, such are the complexities, that often there is no black or white solution. As a Christian coming from a background that was more inclined to support Israel, God’s chosen people who he has not yet done with despite their disobedience; I will not wash my hands of Israel and consign them to oblivion, as do many of their detractors. Neither will I endorse acts of unrighteousness which, according to my reckoning, Israel has committed against the Palestinian people.
While I see a lot of what is currently unfolding as part of what Bible prophecy might lead me to expect, I do not claim to have specific answers. Regarding the UN resolution, if it were me who could instruct how my country to vote I too may have been inclined to abstain, if not quite bringing myself to support the resolution but not before engaging with the various interested parties. I will do so in full knowledge that the bringing of the resolution was a political act intent on undermining the Israeli government and weakening their bargaining power when it comes to peace negotiations (although demolishing Palestinian settlements to make way for Israeli ones fills me with discomfort). Whatever happens, I will continue to watch and pray, including for the peace of Jerusalem.