President Barack Obama has made it impossible for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to accept a negotiated settlement with Israel.
President Obama's decision to engineer passage of U.N. Security Council 2334 in the final weeks of his presidency wasn't a bid to revive the Israeli-Palestinian "peace process," a "parting shot" at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, or any of the other characterizations splashed across cable news chyrons over the weekend.
Rather, it was intended to irrevocably destroy the viability of the very "two-state solution" the president claims to be protecting.
Obama was widely expected to take some kind of action against Israel, which he blames for both the failure of his Israeli-Palestinian peace initiatives and his difficulties convincing a skeptical Congress to back his Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran ...
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Gregg Roman is director of the Middle East Forum, a research center headquartered in Philadelphia.