James B. Cunningham has been appointed as the new ambassador to Israel, he prominently served as America's temporary representative at the UN and in 2004, when Israel entered Gaza in Operation Rainbow after terrorists killed 13 Israeli soldiers, mutilated their bodies and attempted to smuggle in rockets. In that capacity he harshly criticized Israel's response to the terrorist attacks against it.
Now as Israel struggles with ongoing terrorism and shelling from Gaza, James B. Cunningham's appointment is a disturbing reminder of how far the Bush Administration has gone in rejecting Israel's national right of self-defense. His appointment in the aftermath of Condoleezza Rice forcing Israel to retreat from Gaza is no accident. Cunningham has been sent as the hatchet man to force Israel to continue surrendering to terrorism.
During Operation Rainbow, James B. Cunningham abstained from a resolution hostile to Israel rather than voting against it and stated that "Israeli actions do not serve peace, security", condemned Israel for worsening the "humanitarian situation" and called on Israel to ethnically cleanse Jews from Gaza and turn over control to "reformed" Palestinian security forces (terrorist gangs) who would then protect Israel.