Obama’s Pick for UN Envoy Vows to Work Tirelessly – For Israel

Will Push for Israeli Seat on Security Council

President Obama’s nominee for be the next US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power got off to a rough start with the Israel Lobby with the revelation of a 2002 video in which she expressed support for international intervention in the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Power has loudly disavowed that comment since, and promises that should her nomination go through she will work tirelessly as an ambassador at the UN to “defend Israel,” saying she would “go on offense and defense” to stop UN criticism of the nation.

Power went on to say that America’s “special relationship” with Israel would have to be preserved and that she would work to secure a seat on the UN Security Council for Israel.

Power insisted that there was an “unacceptable bias” against Israel at the UN, though in practice the US has used its veto power at the Security Council to prevent any resolutions seen as critical of Israel.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.