Obama – Gaza & J’lem

Posted on June 3, 2010 In Blog

Today, President Obama issued the latest waiver of the Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act – again putting off America’s embassy to Israel being located where it ought to be – in Israel’s capital.

The Orthodox Union will continue to press for Jerusalem’s unity and the long-overdue embassy relocation.

But in the context of the week’s events, we can’t be surprised that the Obama White House issued the, now routine, waiver. And, we have to appreciate that while the world has rushed so quickly to condemn Israel, the Obama Administration has soberly and carefully stood in Israel’s corner and, as Daniel Henninger notes, operated cleverly too:

“To its credit, the U.S. delegation on duty at the U.N. Monday managed to dilute the language that a somewhat unhinged Turkey demanded from the Security Council. (Amusingly, what the Turks called the U.S.’s “delays” caused the negotiations to slip past midnight into Tuesday morning when, like Cinderella’s pumpkin, Lebanon’s presidency of the Security Council expired and passed to less invested Mexico.)”

The days ahead will be a continued testing time – for Israel, for the United States and for their alliance.