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Friday, June 11, 2010

Is this for Real? US to Push for UN Investigation Against Israel

I'm not sure whether to believe this, but the Weekly Standard (via Drudge Report) is reporting that Obama will push for a UN investigation into the Israeli response to the flotilla incident.

From the brief blog entry by William Kristol:

"THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that senior Obama administration officials have been telling foreign governments that the administration intends to support an effort next week at the United Nations to set up an independent commission, under UN auspices, to investigate Israel's behavior in the Gaza flotilla incident. The White House has apparently shrugged off concerns from elsewhere in the U.S. government that a) this is an extraordinary singling out of Israel, since all kinds of much worse incidents happen around the world without spurring UN investigations; b) that the investigation will be one-sided, focusing entirely on Israeli behavior and not on Turkey or on Hamas; and c) that this sets a terrible precedent for outside investigations of incidents involving U.S. troops or intelligence operatives as we conduct our own war on terror."

If this is true, this would be a massive blow to Israel. For the Obama administration to expect the UN (anybody remember the Durbin Conference?) to fairly investigate this incident is beyond idiotic.

Obama continues to push away our allies in favor of our enemies, and if this is true, this would the biggest push yet against Israel. This is absolutely shameful behavior, and continues to make the world a more dangerous place.

UPDATE: It turns out that Jacobson over at Legal Insurrection also has a skeptical entry about this story.

The White House is denying Kritol's claim. However, there's a few loopholes in their denial as Jennifer Rubin points out (both links via Legal Insurrection).

Rubin writes:

"As expected, the administration is denying the report — sort of. The response is telling, and not only for its gratuitous nastiness. First, the administration plainly thinks it’s achieved a grand success by toning down the UN resolution and downgrading it to a statement. And it lets on that, once again, some 'compromise' is under consideration. Moreover, it only denies that the UN will not debate the resolution “next week.”

"What is missing is any determination to rule out an international investigation. Indeed, it advances the notion that an Israeli investigation would not be 'credible.' No mention is made of, and there seems to be no interest in, investigating Turkey or the terrorists."


  1. Here's a crazy idea, let's leave our allies alone, better yet, let's act like their ally and defend them?

    Grrr. I'm still irked as hell to hear that BO is going to use the documents that his administration faked by adding text after it was signed stating support for a moratorium on drilling, all drilling--not just deep sea. AND now BO is using these faked document and his moratorium to try to force BP to pay for all the affected oil companies! Ugh. I'm fuming. Sorry, I needed to vent. :) (I know how much you love it when I go off on rants. Heh. So by all means . . . )

  2. Whatever Obama is doing in the direction of Israel, you can bet that it does Israel no good. The days when the U.S. was putting out confusing signals to keep the enemy guessing are over.

  3. Good point QR. Hamas, Iran, Hezbollah, etc., have a pretty good idea what the US will do now. Sadly, I think Israel is the one left guessing.