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Thursday, July 28, 2011

The UN gets a message on Israel from Lazy Susan

President Obama's ambassador to the United Nations, Lazy Susan Rice, sent a loud and clear message to the United Nations by absenting herself from Tuesday's final session on the 'Palestinian' effort to unilaterally declare a 'state' and sending her deputy, Rosemary DiCarlo, instead: The Obama administration doesn't care about Israel.
At the last open meeting of the UN Security Council prior to the Palestinians' expected unilateral declaration of independence (UDI), Rice's deputy, U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative Rosemary DiCarlo, pronounced that "symbolic actions to isolate Israel at the United Nations in September will not create an independent Palestinian state. The United States will not support unilateral campaigns at the United Nations in September or any other time."

While the statement was reassuring, Rice's absence is troubling.

She has been instrumental in President Obama 's administration's most important multilateral achievements. She herded the international community with great tenacity on Iran sanctions last year and war with Libya this year. In the case of both multilateral efforts, it was clear Obama could not have moved those mountains without his trusted adviser.

Perhaps Rice's demanding schedule is getting the better of her. While other permanent UN representatives are based in New York and are dedicated full-time to the international debate over the General Assembly resolutions looming between now and September, Rice splits her time between New York and Washington. Rice, of course, enjoys a cabinet level position, and is often at the ear of the president.

By all accounts, the Palestinians are closing in on the numbers they need (if they haven't already). If U.S. policy is to stymie a vote in the General Assembly, where a two-thirds majority can pass a measure that would enable Palestinians to prosecute Israel in international legal fora, why wasn't Rice making more multilateral magic?

Rather than launching a full court press to divert the Palestinian unilateral declaration, Rice delegated the job to her deputy. And while DiCarlo enjoys the rank of ambassador, the other Security Council members got the message. The president did not send his close adviser.
And it gets worse. Read the whole thing.

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At 7:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, these are the folks who translate a UN veto into an impassioned speech condemning Israel's "illegitimate" "settlements" in "the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem" as major obstacles to "regional peace," if not the stability of the earth spinning on its axis. Obama's commitment to vetoing a UNSC recognition of Palestinian statehood cannot be taken to the bank. Hope Bibi and company have a plan B.

At 9:19 PM, Blogger valthunder said...


At 9:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Susan Rices past should be considered when she has anything to do with Israel. She is another Israel hater from the leftist elite. She is the one who thought we should send troops in to battle Israel and protect the poor "palestinians" ie; terrorists.


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