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How Trump can (partially) undo Obama’s harm to Israel

Clifford D. May
28th December 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

The administration is playing defense, offering contradictory justifications for its abstention at the U.N. Security Council on a resolution declaring everything — including all of East Jerusalem — to be an illegal occupation and virtually inviting boycotts and international sanctions against Israel. Among the strongest critics of President Obama’s decision are Democrats like incoming minority leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and House minority whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). Even his former Middle East envoy George Mitchell says it was a mistake not to veto the resolution.

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Cliff May of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies shares a few more possible moves including “reprisals for European nations that wage economic warfare against Israel” and “measures to discourage [PA president] Mahmoud Abbas from attempting to mobilize the ICC against Israel.”

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israel, obama-administration, united-nations