Obama Admin Opposes UN Resolution On Western Wall

David Weissman, At Kotel, Western Wall-WailingWall-Israel
David Weissman, At Kotel, Western Wall-WailingWall-Israel

America has redeemed itself and restored my faith in its government, for the time being.  This week the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has written a draft resolution stating the Kotel, known to most Americans as either the Western Wall or the Wailing Wall, should be declared a Muslim site.  With recent remarks from the UN Security council blaming increased violence from Palestinians on “harsh responses”, which were acts of self-defense, I cannot say I am surprised with this latest audacity from this very antisemitic organization.

This hit home to me, and I found the proposal to be extremely offensive.  The Kotel is the holiest site in Judaism – the remaining outer wall of the 2nd Holy Temple that was built by King Herod.  I have often gone to the Kotel and prayed, and I even worked there for a while. I assure you there is nothing Muslim about the Western Wall.

Washington has come out strongly in opposition to this draft resolution by the UN, a fact that does surprise me given the overall anti-Israel attitude the Obama administration has displayed over the years.

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David Weissman was born in Queens, NY and served 13 years in the U.S. Army as a chaplain assistant, including two deployments to Afghanistan. Upon being honorably discharged he made the Jewish right of return (Aliyah) and moved to the city of Ashkelon in Israel where he experienced the war with Hamas in the summer of 2014. David is now a freelance writer living in the city of Efrat in the Jerusalem district.