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Submitted by David (United States), Apr 13, 2022 at 15:17

It is hard not to notice, from today's announcement by the US Ambassador to the UN regarding a proposal to hold permanent member states "accountable" for issuing vetoes at the UNSC, that the administration is furiously using the war in Ukraine in an effort to empower the countries seeking to weaken Israel.

Does it sound conspiratorial? Is there a vein of thinking that "everything is about the Jews" in this reasoning? Well, perhaps it's not an exaggeration given the nature of some of the lesser known figures in this administration, such as the senior intelligence director at the National Security Council, whose resume includes among all things, being the director of UNRWA. A strange qualification to advise the President on all matters relating to intelligence.

Anyone who has been conscious for the past 50 years is well aware that at critical times the main protection for the State of Israel at the United Nations, has been the exercise of the UNSC veto by the United States. A critical exception to this rule was in the very last days of the Obama administration, when a resolution intending to impose sanctions on Israel were the country not to retreat completely to the 1949 armistice lines, was not submitted to a vote because of a threat of a Russian veto. It's hard to escape that this, and not the Ukraine war itself, is one of the reasons for the administration's unusual antipathy for the Russian leader, which is not matched by any similar feelings against the ruler of China, who is committing an action much closer to full extermination of a people in the Xinjiang province.

And yet, for the leader of the CCP, the White House can barely utter a criticism. To the contrary, the President unashamedly regales the public with tales of his friendship with the brutal neo-Maoist leader, who has recently presided over a sharp downturn in relations with Israel. Compare and contrast the Chinese reaction to the Russian war (refusal to support any UN action against Moscow) to their behavior against Israel in the war with Hamas last spring, which consisted of almost daily invective, insistences on UNSC votes, and even the spewing of virulent anti-Semitic rhetoric on Chinese state television.

The Russian Ukrainian war is not about the Jews, it is about the freedom of the Ukrainian people. But it is hard to escape the conclusion that for the White House, no opportunity to hurt the Jews can be missed. Hard to escape the conclusion that their antipathy for Israel is obsessive, and that they are committed to doing some serious damage to Israel's diplomatic position before they leave office. And unless and until the American Jewish community in particular begins to protest this, they will have little disincentive.

Which brings me to ask, if the author may oblige, when if ever will a Hebrew script join the Arabic in your Twitter title page. When if ever will an Israeli flag accompany the Ukrainian?

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I find it hard to connect the U.N. Security Council moves with Israel.

I use Arabic script because I read Arabic and write often about Muslims; I do not read Hebrew and only rarely write about Jews. The flag of Ukraine is there only temporarily, while the fighting flares.

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