Choosing the Wrong Side, Middle East Edition

0005Well, this seems a bad idea: In a never-ending conflict between a modern liberal democracy and a backward, degenerate gangster state, the US is choosing to side with… Aww, c’mon, do you really need me to tell you?

Gateway Pundit relates the story of the latest UN hijinx from Foreign Policy:

In sharp reversal, U.S. agrees to rebuke Israel in Security Council

The U.S. informed Arab governments Tuesday that it will support a U.N. Security Council statement reaffirming that the 15-nation body “does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity,” a move aimed at avoiding the prospect of having to veto a stronger Palestinian resolution calling the settlements illegal.

But the Palestinians rejected the American offer following a meeting late Wednesday of Arab representatives and said it is planning to press for a vote on its resolution on Friday, according to officials familar with the issue. The decision to reject the American offer raised the prospect that the Obama adminstration will cast its first ever veto in the U.N. Security Council.

What are the chances that the Obama administration will actually cast that veto?  Taking bets now.  Given Obama’s disdain for Israel and his affinity for thugs and dictators, I’d set the odds at even.

The Palestinians’ rejection of our first offer shows what they think of the newly compliant America.

(And as a side note, it’s also a textbook demonstration of the blackmailer’s paradox, which says that the least reasonable party in any negotiation always has the advantage. It’s been pretty obvious who the least reasonable party is in this conflict for, oh, the last sixty years or so. And these are the people we want to compromise with.  Good luck, there.)