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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempted justification for the U.S. abstaining — and thus not vetoing — last week’s United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israel was not only the wrong message at the wrong time.

Kerry’s speech also was just plain garbage, as was the directive by his boss — President Barack Obama — to the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. to abstain from the vote.  

Up until the sugar-pop “let’s please everybody” Obama administration took over the Executive Branch of the federal government eight years ago, the United States was arguably Israel’s strongest ally in the cauldron we call the Mideast. Under incoming President-elect Donald Trump, the tea leaves indicate that the United States once again will have Israel’s back, and then some.

Why? Because Israel is surrounded by diabolical parties that would just as soon shun peace and stick a knife into the heart of the Jewish state. Israel, on the other hand, just wants to be left alone to be at peace with the rest of the world. Fortunately, under Israel’s velvet glove is a fist of steel — the Jews will never allow outside interests to push them around as the Nazzis did during World War II.

Kerry would have done the world a favor by staying home Wednesday, rather than voicing what he called “the hard truths” about Israel’s expansion of settlements into the West Bank and east Jerusalem, stopping just short of accusing Israel of expansionist imperialism. Israel’s continuing efforts in this regard, Kerry charged, do nothing but erode peace prospects and the outside chance for a two-state solution to the Palestinians’ conflict with the Jewish state.

Horse hockey. Israel’s enemies, despite their lip service, do not want a diplomatic solution to the conflict. Actions speak louder than words. As long as that stubbornness and faulty judgment are readily apparent, why should Israel not encourage settlements wherever it wants outside the boundaries of surrounding sovereign nations?

Does Israel send its armies out to claim new territory? Hardly. But on the other side of the fence, rocket attacks, subterfuge and violence against the people of Israel are standard fare. Hamas, Hezbollah and the Palestinian Authority (Fatah) are the bad guys in all of this. They have never wanted peace. They don’t want peace now. And they won’t ever want peace in the future because they understand only one strategy: survival of the fittest at any cost.

Regarding Kerry’s profoundly misguided speech, conservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin hit the nail on the head. Kerry’s speech “was pointless,” she wrote, “an empty rhetorical jab” at Obama’s many critics. That being said, it’s time for Obama and his minions to don the garb of responsible caretakers and act accordingly for the next 23 days.

The USA’s best posture in all of this would be to let the Israelis handle their own affairs, all the while giving the State of Israel whatever support it needs to defend itself and thrive.