Did Israel Boycott Obama’s UN Speech?

While most of the attention in yesterday’s UN speeches was centered around the US delegation’s faux-impromptu walkout on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s talk, President Barack Obama’s own talk had a notably absent delegation, the Israeli one.

Officially the Israeli government denies that this was an organized boycott and insists the absence of their delegation was planned well in advance, and was related to the relatively minor Jewish holiday of Sukkot. The weeklong holiday does not appear to have traditionally meant Israeli officially snubbing major international events, however.

Moreover President Obama’s speech sparked no small level of outrage among top Israeli officials, and a number of Israel’s ruling coalition MPs made public comments in condemnation of the president and the speech late last night. This is only adding fuel to the belief by many that the snub was about the speech and not the holiday.

AIPAC spokesmen angrily denied this belief, however, and insisted that it was a “malicious” lie against Israel. The empty chairs seem to remain an issue for many, however.

17 thoughts on “Did Israel Boycott Obama’s UN Speech?”

  1. Okay, I have to ask why the UN felt compelled to hold the speech on a Jewish holiday. Seems like a slap in the face to Israeli Jews. Imagine if they held it on a Muslim holiday. There would be an uproar of "the Zionists control the UN! Down with the Zionists for disrespecting Islam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

  2. One more slap on obama and America face. I figure already Joe Biden will defend this affront in the mainstream media. It is sad when you spoiled a kid too much, he spits on your face and you still unable to give him the correct discipline…with love.

  3. Member states of the U.N. nuclear watchdog narrowly rejected an Arab-sponsored resolution on Friday calling on Israel to join a global anti-atomic weapons treaty, a U.S. victory after a bruising diplomatic battle.

    Washington had urged countries to vote down the symbolically important although non-binding resolution, saying it could derail broader efforts to ban nuclear warheads in the Middle East and also damage fresh Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

    ["The winner here is the peace process, the winner here is the opportunity to move forward with a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East," said Glyn Davies, the U.S. ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency ]

    …"With a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East",said Glyn Davies,the U.S.ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency .With the exception of Israel ,of course.

  4. It's not a minor holiday at all. It's one of the half dozen "chagim,"–that is, holidays on which work is prohibited. Not "the week" but the first two days. Israeli consulates are closed all over the world, and diplomats aren't working. But nice job looking for Jewish conspiracy, assholes.

  5. I did notice that the holiday did not stop one of the talking heads of the Israel government on making a major statement the Obama is something not good for the nation of Israel. It is amazing that the talking head would comment on the matter since the holiday was still going on.

    If anyone believes that it was anything but a boycott then I suspect they accept that the USS Liberty was a rescue mission to save our sailors from being attacked by jelly fish.

    The fact that the Prime Minister of Israel is openly working to get the greatest traitor in the US History aka Pollard free tells the real feeling that Israel has toward those the provide billions and billions for a maybe 5 million of the correct religion in that nation.

    We have gotten along till 1913 avoiding church and religion. I believe it is time to cut Israel free and us the money paid to keep the rich nation of Israel living so weel and use the money for our veterans who actually did the fighting in the wars stated by Israel.

    1. Their position on Pollard tells you all you need to know about their feelings toward the US. Tack on the USS Liberty, and the actual Pollard case itself (Israel selling our nuclear secrets to the USSR during the Cold War) and you can see that they hold us in nothing but contempt.

  6. Yes, we should show respect to the people we're trying to work with. Do you like it when people ignore and disrespect where you come from? How is this different?

    Besides, to say the Israelis have been engaging in ethnic cleansing since 1948 is an extremely ignorant statement. It shows that you have very little accurate knowledge as to the history of Israel/Palestine and its inhabitants. Simply put, Israel has not been engaging in ethnic cleansing since 1948. Now please take your ignorance and pretentious language elsewhere.

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