I don’t blame them.
After the disgusting anti-Israel resolution handed down by the United Nations on Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu made a decisive move, in response.
CNN reported Monday that Israel suspended working ties with Britain, France, Russia, China, Japan, Ukraine, Angola, Egypt, Uruguay, Spain, Senegal and New Zealand. The report follows a similar story Sunday night in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
These nations voted against Israel in a Security Council vote, condemning the Israeli settlements along the West Bank and in eastern Jerusalem.
The two other nations involved in the treacherous vote, Venezuela and Malaysia, have no diplomatic relationship with Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was infuriated by the vote, handed down the order, according to the reports.
The curtailing of working relations means Israeli ministers are to keep travel to those 12 countries to a minimum, while foreign ministers from those countries won’t be received by Israel, according to the reports. Business between Israel and those countries’ embassies will also be suspended, the reports say.
But the order does not apply Israeli ambassadors in those 12 countries, meaning they will be able to continue to their work unabated.
The decision to reduce ties comes after from ambassadors from China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, Angola, Egypt, Japan, Spain, Ukraine and Uruguay were summoned to meetings with the Israeli Foreign Ministry on Sunday.
President Obama instructed that the U.S. abstain from voting, allowing for the resolution to pass, as one final, blatant show of his loathing for one of the strongest allies our nation has in the region.
The order is likely to have little practical effect, as it does not touch trade, security cooperation and other aspects of relations, but it acts as a statement of Netanyahu’s anger at the situation. It also notably excludes the United States, which has been on the receiving end of most of Netanyahu’s public lashings.
The reason for leaving the U.S. out probably has more to do with Netanyahu’s hope that relations with the Trump administration will be warmer than it was for the previous eight years, under President Obama.
It just about has to be, doesn’t it?