There we were, those of us with press credentials, at the United Nations Headquarters in the Turtle Bay neighborhood of Manhattan last Thursday, hours before the much anticipated 3:00 pm Security Council vote on a resolution, sponsored by Egypt, declaring that Israel’s ongoing colonization practices in the Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, “have no legal validity” and represent a “flagrant violation of international law.”
Would the United States, in its odious efforts to appease Israel, continue to act as if it is that entity’s retained advocate and veto the resolution, as it had repeatedly done in the past with others like it? Or would President Obama, in the waning days of his tenure as chief executive, take the audacious step - audacious, given the strangle-hold that Israeli pressure groups have traditionally had on American administrations - of firing a parting shot at a colonization policy he has long openly opposed and at an insufferable Israeli leader he has long loathed, by instructing his UN ambassador not to cast a veto?
Donald Trump will occupy the White House as the 45th president of the United States. Folks, fasten your seat belts for it’s gonna be a bumpy rideFawaz Turki