In the aftermath of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s big electoral win on Tuesday, the Obama administration reportedly seeks to use the United Nations as a club with which to beat those recalcitrant Jews into line.
According to Foreign Policy, the Obama administration may stop blocking United Nations efforts to “call for the resumption of political talks to conclude a final peace settlement” between Israelis and Palestinians. The fact that the United Nations wants to force Israel, a fully functioning diverse democracy, into negotiating with a terrorist regime led by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas demonstrates the moral bankruptcy of the institution. But more importantly, it demonstrates that President Obama’s big power grab is just beginning.
When Obama took office, some on the conservative right worried deeply about the possibility of Obama utilizing the United Nations in order to cram down internationalist leftism on Americans. Books and articles emerged talking up the threat of Agenda 21, a non-binding plan from the United Nations designed to create “sustainable development” – code for dramatic regulation of anything that could impact the environment.
Many conservatives became concerned with UN Resolution 16/18, shepherded through the institution by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and designed to combat “the stereotyping, negative profiling and stigmatization of people based on their religion.” The resolution represented a predicate for an “international blasphemy law,” as liberal law professor Jonathan Turley wrote.
Finally, conservatives fretted over the UN Arms Trade Treaty signed by the Obama administration. As National Rifle Association spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen said, “We are worried about an end-run around Congress. Barack Obama or a future anti-gun president could use ATT and international norms compliance to rationalize enacting gun control policies through executive actions, especially in the import and export realms.” Secretary of State Kerry blathered at the time, “Make no mistake, we would never think about supporting a treaty that is inconsistent with the rights of American citizens to be able to exercise their guaranteed rights under our constitution.”