Palestine and the UN vote

Long ago President Obama promised much to the Arab world and at the time some even believed he could deliver, but it turned out to be business as usual. Today was his parting gift; not veto-ing a UN resolution critical of Israel's settlements on Palestinian land. He's about to leave office and the Democrats no longer hold any of the levers of power so the impact will be minimal beyond the short term. If there was ever a time to do the right thing for once while incurring the inevitable fury of the Israel lobby it was now. In reality it's many years too late and means nothing, but even so it is one of those very rare moments in politics it's hard to be totally cynical about.