According to Jake Tapper, Obama will side with Israel on this one. Assuming that’s true, the next question is whether it will be a full defense of Israel (properly identifying the terrorists arrayed against her, and honoring her restraint) or whether it will be a lukewarm “I guess she sort of had the right to kill all those innocent flotilla passengers.” The draft Security Council statement Tapper updated his post with seems to fall squarely in the latter category (bolded emphasis mine):
Here’s the draft “Security Council Presidential Statement on the recent incident in the Eastern Mediterranean”:
The Security Council deeply regrets the loss of life and injuries resulting from the use of force during the Israeli military operation in international waters against the convoy sailing to Gaza. The Council, in this context, condemns those acts which resulted in the loss of at least ten civilians and many wounded, and expresses its condolences to their families.
The Security Council requests the immediate release of the ships as well as the civilians held by Israel. The Council urges Israel to permit full consular access, to allow the countries concerned to retrieve their deceased and wounded immediately, and to ensure the delivery of humanitarian assistance from the convoy to its destination.
The Security Council takes note of the statement of the UN Secretary-General on the need to have a full investigation into the matter and it calls for a prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation conforming to international standards.
The Security Council stresses that the situation in Gaza is not sustainable. The Council re-emphasizes the importance of the full implementation of Resolutions 1850 and 1860. In that context, it reiterates its grave concern at the humanitarian situation in Gaza and stresses the need for sustained and regular flow of goods and people to Gaza as well as unimpeded provision and distribution of humanitarian assistance throughout Gaza. [ed: This humanitarian situation.]
The Security Council underscores that the only viable solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an agreement negotiated between the parties and re-emphasizes that only a two-State solution, with an independent and viable Palestinian State living side by side in peace and security with Israel and its other neighbours, could bring peace to the region.
The Security Council expresses support for the proximity talks and voices concern that this incident took place while the proximity talks are underway and urges the parties to act with restraint, avoiding any unilateral and provocative actions, and all international partners to promote an atmosphere of cooperation between the parties and throughout the region.
If this is what the Obama administration sees as standing squarely with Israel and “no daylight,” oh boy! So far, all I see is sympathy for the dead terrorists and demands on Israel. Also, just out of curiousity, what putz in the American State Department spells “neighbors” as “neighbours.” I guess that’s the giveaway that this was really authored by the virulently anti-Israel BBC.