A defiant Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent the second night of Chanukah lighting candles at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Judaism’s holiest existing site. And after Obama’s weakness, now an official illegal settlement.
“I did not plan to be here this evening but in light of the UN resolution I thought that there was no better place to light the second Chanukah candle than the Western Wall. According to the UN resolution, the Maccabees did not liberate Jerusalem, they occupied Palestinian territory. ”
“Of course the Palestinians arrived much later. We were in these places. We will return to these places.”
“The Western Wall is not occupied. The Jewish Quarter is not occupied. The other places are not occupied either. Therefore, we do not accept, nor can we accept, this resolution. We are certain of our future just as we are certain of our past. And here I would like to light Chanukah candles on behalf of the Glory of Israel. Happy Chanukah.”
Due to Obama’s weakness Israel’s absolute right to these places, never in question throughout history or by international precedent, is now in question.
This will open Pandora’s box for President Trump because Israel has no incentive to negotiate and end to the stalemate under these conditions. Unless Trump can reverse this, not even the guy who wrote the art of the deal could bring these two parties to the table.
Plain and simple Obama is trying to hamper Trump before he gets in office. Trying to set the terms of the deal before Trump even gets a chance to see what is possible.
Just because Obama failed at bringing peace to the middle east, doesn’t mean Trump will. But in Obama’s arrogant mind, that’s what he believes. If he couldn’t do it, no one could.
As Netanyahu makes clear with his actions designed to utterly humiliate Obama, strong leaders can do what weak ones cannot.
Step aside Barack your 15 minutes of infamy are over.