The recent Arab League Summit in Jordan concluded with the issuance of the “Amman Declaration,” which as its centerpiece called for the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334.
Do the numbers 2334 sound familiar? For supporters of Israel, they certainly do—and the associations aren’t fond ones. The Security Council resolution, passed last December, declared Israeli communities situated beyond the 1967 lines to be in violation of international law, while deeming eastern Jerusalem’s Jewish holy sites as “occupied Palestinian territory.” By refusing to veto the measure, the Obama administration broke with the longstanding U.S. policy of defending Israel against one-sided U.N. resolutions.
This ill-gotten resolution, whose passage would not have been possible without the Obama administration’s connivance, would have been a highly effective weapon against Israel had it fallen into the wrong hands. Using this resolution as political cover, Israel’s enemies could have extorted the Jewish state to take scores of unsavory steps on both the diplomacy and security fronts.
In the course of engineering this treacherous diplomatic bear trap, the international community’s working assumption was likely that nobody quite like the nascent Trump administration’s fearless U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, would ever have introduced herself to the U.N. Haley has brought with her unfiltered condemnation of the world body’s unrelenting anti-Israel bias. With Haley’s arrival, it’s clear that the use of Resolution 2334 as a diplomatic weapon has been put on ice. In essence, the resolution has lost its mojo.