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Why Israel's Critics Are Losing Ground

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Yesterday's congressional resolution against the U.N.'s anti-Israel vote was heartening for those who stand for Israel. And, writes Commentary's Jonathan Tobin, it is the latest sign that the agenda put forth by the Jewish state's enemies is failing:

Congress can’t do anything about reversing the Obama administration’s abandonment of Israel at the United Nations Security Council in December. The House and Senate resolutions that are being put forward that condemn UNSC 2334, which specifically labeled Jewish settlements in the West Bank as well as Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem as illegal, are symbolic and will have no impact on the international community’s ongoing efforts to isolate Israel. While the real questions about the future of U.S. Middle East policy will be answered by the incoming Trump administration once it gets down to business, an overwhelming vote to implicitly rebuke President Obama for his decision to let the Security Council attack Israel is not without importance. At a time when liberal critics of the Jewish state have been assuring us that it is losing the support of the American people, the bipartisan push on this issue and the inability of the Obama cheering squad and the left-wing J Street lobbying group to muster any effective effort to back the administration tells a very different story.

The only debate in Congress about Obama’s parting shot at Israel has centered on whether condemnations of his action would also reiterate support for a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Some House Republicans have expressed support for competing resolutions that not only condemned the U.S. abstention but also failed to mention two states–an echo of their party’s 2016 platform. The House Republican leadership has, however, wisely chosen to go with a version co-sponsored by Representatives Ed Royce and Eliot Engel (the GOP chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Democrat ranking member) that ensures the largest possible support from Democrats. In the Senate, a similar resolution also has bipartisan backing but, in a departure from tradition, is being co-sponsored by the majority and minority leaders. Both Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Chuck Schumer chose to identify themselves with a slap at Obama...

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