President Obama’s nominee for be the next US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power …. 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.
One need not take any particular position on Israel per se, or support any particular side in Israel’s conflicts (with Iran, with the Arab states or with the Palestinian Arabs of the West Bank and Gaza), to object to this kind of pandering.
Even if we pretend that the “special relationship” is a function of genuine alliance rather than of a powerful, well-funded lobby’s influence on Capitol Hill — a doubtful proposition — the job of the US ambassador to the United Nations is to represent the United States. Israel has its own ambassador, Ron Prosor, to represent its interests in the UN.