by Lara Friedman
[Given the controversy provoked by the U.S. abstention on the UN Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories, we are referring readers to a memo and chart that contributor Lara Friedman prepared three months ago on the history U.S. yea votes and abstention at the Security Council resolutions critical of Israel.]
Back in April 2016, the New York Times published an oped I authored regarding President Obama and the United Nations Security Council. The genesis of that oped was the assertion – made repeatedly by policy experts and pundits, by journalists, by Jewish leaders, by members of Congress, etc – that no U.S. president has ever gone against Israel in the UN Security Council.
This argument has come up repeatedly during President Obama’s tenure in office. It has invariably been used in making the tendentious case that President Obama – if he were to support or permit passage of a UN Security Council resolution either critical of Israeli actions or policies or a resolution regarding Israeli-Palestinian peace opposed by Israel – he would be guilty of an unprecedented betrayal of the U.S.-Israel relationship.
Whether this assertion is accurate or inaccurate is not a matter of opinion. There is a clear historical record available for verifying the facts. The April 2016 oped was a result of an exhaustive review of that historical record — a review which found that every president since 1967 – except one – permitted passage of and/or supported numerous UN Security Council resolutions opposed by Israel. That one exception is President Obama, who as of this writing remains the only U.S. president who during his time in office has not allowed the UN Security Council to pass a single resolution opposed by Israel.
Now, with the debate heating up over possible UN Security Council action on Israel-Palestine during President Obama’s final months in office, I am posting the full data laying out the record of every U.S. president since 1967 and Israel-related resolutions in the UN Security Council.
Republished, with permission, from Americans for Peace Now.