Assessment: With friends like Joe Biden, who needs enemies? …
A pair of Israel antagonists bid farewell to the United Nations Security Council on Monday, but it was the Jewish state’s closest ally that made headlines.
In the council’s monthly meeting on the Israel-Palestinian file, Robert Wood, the alternative representative of the U.S. for special political affairs in the U.N., demanded Israel provide “equal allocation of resources” to countering Israeli “extremists” and Palestinian terrorists.
“And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” Luke 21:24
During a call for action to decrease violence and tensions in Judea and Samaria, Wood told the council that “the United States expects to see equal treatment of extremists—whether Israeli or Palestinian—in arrests, convictions and punishments, as well as equal allocation of resources to prevent and investigate violent attacks.”
The message from Washington, which has been largely supportive of Israel at the Security Council under President Joe Biden, stood out and can be read as a warning to Israel’s presumptive incoming government, which aims to alter the structure of governance in Judea and Samaria and hand greater police and civil authority powers to members of Benjamin Netanyahu’s presumptive coalition who have long called for harsher crackdowns on Palestinian terrorism and more freedoms for Israelis living in communities beyond the Green Line.
Wood did condemn a Palestinian effort to request an International Court of Justice advisory opinion against Israel, describing the proposal as “counterproductive.”
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