Major Jewish organizations join forces to condemn US abstention on Security Council resolution; left-wing groups offer strong support
US President Barack Obama, far right, with leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations at the White House, March 1, 2011. (Pete Souza/White House)
BY REBECCA SHIMONI STOIL
WASHINGTON – Major US Jewish organizations declared that US President Barack Obama had undermined his legacy on Israel and bitterly criticized the administration’s decision to allow a resolution calling for a halt to all Israeli settlement activity to pass in the United Nations Security Council.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which had tussled in recent weeks with President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, offered a full-throated condemnation of the Security Council resolution and of the Obama administration’s decision to abstain from voting.
ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt stated that the organization was “outraged over the US failure to veto this biased and unconstructive UNSC resolution on Israel.”
Greenblatt bemoaned that the resolution “will only encourage further Palestinian intransigence vis-à-vis direct negotiations with Israel in favor of unilateral, one-sided initiatives.”
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