Thank you for a reasoned response. I appreciate that you are actually backing up your arguments with evidence, and I will try to respond to you (rather than the other people on this thread). Likewise, I would like to point out that I am not in agreement with InfraBlue.
First of all, where we agree...
I absolutely agree that the Palestinian leadership has failed the Palestinian people. And, I agree that the Palestinian refusal to accept Israel's right to exist, and their use of terrorism, has hurt peace... and has hurt the cause.
I kind of agree about Syria, although the real complaint is the realpolitik of the modern world. The US generally supports Israel. Russia generally supports Syria. They both have vetoes. Yes... this latest resolution was a departure from that.
The issue at hand is about The Settlements.
I see no moral defense for the Settlements. I don't see any legitimate claim that Israel has to expel the people have been living for centuries in what is now called the West Bank.
The US has always been against the settlements. And, that was the UN security counsel resolution. The UN is not condemning Israel's right to exist. They are not condemning their right to defend themselves. They are not supporting terrorism.
The resolution stated the fact that the settlements are morally wrong, and an obstacle to peace in the opinion of many Americans, most of the World, and even a signicant majority of Israelis.
We can disagree about this. But you should understand what it means. I support Israels right to exist. I strongly condemn the settlements. Don't confuse the two issues.
Now, let me quibble with you about facts.
1. The word "occupation" is a legal term, and it is correct. The land was won in a war. The army controls the territory. The people living in it have no political power. The term "occupied territories" is correct.
2. Neither Obama, nor Kerry have ever suggest abandoning Israel. They only allowed a sanction condemning a single behavior by the Israeli government.
3. To claim that criticism of Israel, and particularly their highly controversial practice of expanding the settlements, is "antisemitism" is an ad hominem attack. I also criticized the Apartheid South Africa, and Nicaragua and Myanmar and Syria.
Now Finn... I would like you to answer my question about where you see Israel ending up. Is there an ethnic cleansing with a fence? Is there a future where Palestinians stay, but have no political rights.
Israel is going to have to figure out where this all ends up. I would love to hear your opinion?