- By Colum LynchColum Lynch is Foreign Policy’s award-winning U.N.-based senior diplomatic reporter. He previously wrote FP’s Turtle Bay blog, for which he was awarded the 2011 National Magazine Award for best reporting in digital media. He was also the silver medal recipient of the 2013 Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize for a three-part series documenting the U.N.’s systemic failure to protect civilians in Darfur, Sudan. Colum’s investigations have uncovered an American spy operation in Iraq, Russia’s monopoly of the $1 billion-a-year U.N. aircraft leasing market, and a Chinese diplomatic campaign to silence U.N. investigators scrutinizing Chinese arms deals in Africa. His deep digs into the U.N. bureaucracy have exposed sexual misconduct by U.N. blue helmets from Bosnia to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and documented monumental dysfunction in the U.N. office charged with rooting out misconduct and corruption. He now devotes his reporting chops to documenting President Donald Trump’s efforts to reorder the international system. Born in Los Angeles, Colum received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985 and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 1987. Before moving to FP, Colum reported on diplomacy and national security for the Washington Post for more than a decade. He has appeared frequently on national news programs, including the Lehrer NewsHour, as well as on MSNBC, NPR, and the BBC.
Conservative Republicans today lined up together to denounce the Obama administration’s offer to support a U.N. statement criticizing Israel’s settlement policies.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), the Chair of the House Foreign Affair’s Committee, issued a statement that read:"Support for this anti-Israel statement is a major concession to enemies of the Jewish State and other free democracies. It telegraphs that the U.S. can be bullied into abandoning critical democratic allies and core U.S. principles."
But the Bush administration has also joined with its U.N. colleagues in urging Israel to stop its construction of new buildings. None other than John R. Bolton, one of Israel’s most enthusiastic champions, urged an end to Israel’s settlements policies while serving as president of the Security Council in February 2006, just days after an electoral victory by Hamas fueled concerns of instability in the region.
"The Security Council underlines the need for the Palestinian Authority to prevent terrorist attacks and dismantle the infrastructure of terror," Bolton said in a statement on behalf of the 15-nation council. "It reiterates its view that settlement expansion must stop and its concern regarding the route of the barrier."
So what does Bolton think now about the latest U.S. move? Earlier today, Bolton tweeted: "Obama’s reported offer to rebuke Israel in UN Security Council will embolden Israel’s enemies at time of dangerous instability in region."
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