Vice President Joe Biden is denying that he lobbied foreign leaders to vote in favor of the highly controversial anti-Israel resolution at the U.N. this past week, which has further increased tensions between the United States and Israel.
Insiders claim that Biden spoke with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko by phone last week to request that his country vote in favor of the resolution, which the Obama administration allowed the U.N. Security Council to pass last week instead of the U.S exercising its veto power, according to a Monday report from Adam Kredo at the Washington Free Beacon.
When the Washington Free Beacon interviewed sources, they claimed that Biden lobbied in favor of the resolution, which comports with claims by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that “the Obama administration initiated it, stood behind it, coordinated on the wording and demanded that it be passed,” reports Kredo.
“Biden lobbied Ukraine and of course administration officials are too cowardly to admit it,” said a senior pro-Israel official who is working with Congressional offices on responding to the resolution. “With everything that’s going on involving Russia, Iran, and Syria, this is how the Obama administration choose to spend its precious diplomatic capital. They decided to twist arms and trade favors for a resolution that cuts off Jews from Jerusalem, a city that is Israel’s capital city according to American law.”
Biden’s national security advisor, Colin Kahl, claims the call never happened when he stated, “The Vice President did not call the Ukrainians or other foreign leaders on the resolution.” Meanwhile, Israeli officials say that Biden did, in fact, speak to Poroshenko by phone to persuade him to vote in favor of the resolution, despite Ukraine being hesitant to do so.
On December 19th, a statement was released by The White House with an official readout of the call between Vice President Biden and President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine.
Bipartisan Congress members, pro-Israel, and Jewish organizations were outraged by Obama’s decision, which threatens to tarnish Obama’s legacy when it comes to his failure to maintain good relations with Israel. One senior congressional member had this to say: “The Obama administration has long flirted with international efforts to delegitimize Israel, so what happened today isn’t really surprising.” He added, “The good news is that a Republican government will enable us to roll back the Obama administration’s hostile anti-Israel policies.”
As it stands, Congress is looking for a “range of ways to counter the resolution and register its outrage with the United Nations,” says Kredo.
Echoing this response, Donald Trump tweeted his disgust over the vote with this post:
As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2016
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