Anyone surprised at President Obama’s latest failure to defend the state of Israel has been in denial for eight years. In refusing to veto a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements, Obama has yet again undermined the state of Israel. This was predictable from day one of the Obama administration.

The Obama administration and past Democratic presidential administrations have not been friends of Israel.

Obama’s legacy is a series of actions worse than creating a moral equivalency between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. President Clinton did that in his dealings with Palestine’s Yasser Arafat. Obama has gone beyond that and created a false narrative that the Palestinian Authority, as a victim, is morally superior to the state of Israel. He has ignored or disagreed with the significant moral difference between the only real democracy ruled by law in the Middle East and a so-called “authority” ruled by Hamas (terrorists) and Fatah (thieves).

It began with Obama’s June 2009 speech in Egypt, which encouraged the Arab Spring, his bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia in April 2009, and not visiting Israel on his first trip to the Middle East as president.

He went out of his way to humiliate and use his political operatives to try to defeat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

He was complicit in the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. He removed troops precipitously from Iraq, helping to create the Islamic State. He drew lines with Syrian President Bashar Assad, but backed down and made possible Russia’s role in the Middle East.

He then went ahead with an agreement giving Iran billions of dollars to support terrorism and a 10-15 year window to become a nuclear power. Obama did this despite the leader of Iran repeatedly stating before and after the agreement that he is dedicated to the destruction of the state of Israel and death to Americans. He did this despite a plea from Netanyahu that the agreement presents an existential threat to the state of Israel.

This would not be done by a friend of the state of Israel or an American president exercising common sense about United States national security.

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President-elect Trump responded to the news Thursday that President Obama issued sanctions against Russia for its cyberattacks.

“It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things,” Trump said in a statement. “Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation.”

On Thursday, Obama said: “I have ordered a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election. These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and

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Obama’s latest action tacitly approved a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements that every prior president, Democrat and Republican, has vetoed. He has set back the peace process by giving international support to borders that should be negotiated by Israel and the Palestinian Authority as the necessary leverage for peace.

President-elect Trump has made clear his staunch opposition to this damaging action being done by lame-duck Obama. I am sure Trump will do all he can to reverse it.

The rest of these suggestions are purely my own opinion.

The notion of moral equivalency, now Palestinian moral superiority, between these two parties is at the core of our failure to solve this problem. Clinton began the process by treating Arafat as an equal to the Israeli prime minister. It reached ridiculous proportions when Arafat, the terrorist murderer turned organized crime thief of hundreds of millions of dollars intended for his people, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

It proved absurd when Arafat turned down a peace agreement, giving him all he wanted, that was offered by a desperate Clinton and a misguided Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Arafat did not want peace. With peace, he would lose power. He and his organization, Fatah, would lose the ability to steal the money a naive U.S. and the world was sending to help the Palestinian people.

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Now we can start over.

As things are now, a two-state solution is against the national security interests of the U.S. It can be a goal, but not an immediate reality. There is no reason to create another state sponsor of terrorism teaching their children to kill us.

A peace process that makes sense would require the now-terrorist-and-corrupt Palestinian Authority to eliminate terrorism, set up a rule of law which ends terrorism and respects human rights, and demonstrate it can do this for at least five years. Palestine should recognize the state of Israel as a Jewish state. It should eliminate corruption and demonstrate that aid money it receives gets to the people.

Then, and only then, would it be in the best interests of the U.S. and our ally Israel to embrace a two-state solution: two peaceful states recognizing each other, standing with the U.S. against radical Islamic terrorism, and ruled by law.

Meanwhile, we should immediately move our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as Obama promised to do — yet another broken promise.

We do not need another terrorist state.

Rudy Giuliani was mayor of New York City from 1994-2001. He was a Republican presidential candidate in 2008. Thinking of submitting an op-ed to the Washington Examiner? Be sure to read our guidelines on submissions.

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