The UN’s absurd indictment of Israel is a detriment to the Israel-Palestine peace process
The 23rd of December gave light to the pernicious United Nation’s Security Council Resolution 2334. The resolution is a pursuit to condemn Israel for its settlements, stating in Article 1, that “the establishment, by Israel, of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law” The bill passed 14-0, with 1 abstention from the US.
While it presents itself as attempting to “further the peace process” the resolution significantly enervates the endeavours by Israel to pressure the Palestinian Authority to negotiate, by creating a sentiment that the Palestinians no longer have to negotiate with Israel but, can instead rely on the biased UN and international community to establish their state for them.
The resolution is a complete antithesis of a productive measure to peace, as it fails to recognize the basic truth:
Israeli settlements are not the main barrier to peace and it’s embarrassing that the subject takes up the vast majority of the media spotlight on the debate. In the year 2000, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered to give Palestinians 97 percent of the West Bank and 100 percent of the Gaza Strip. In addition, he agreed to dismantle 63 isolated settlements. In exchange for 3 percent of the West Bank, Israel said it would give up territory in the Negev that in turn, would increase the size of the Gaza territory significantly. This negotiation was rejected by the Palestinians.
The resolution does little to explicitly shed light on the fervent, draconian measures Hamas and Hezbollah have taken to terrorize innocent Israelis, such as their rocketing of Israel in civilian districts. Instead, the resolution addresses terror in an ambiguous and unrigorous manner, stating in article 6:
“Calls for immediate steps to prevent all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror”
In place of mediating the serious concerns of terrorism, the unsavory resolution is far more concerned with indicting East Jerusalem, a sacred area for the Jews as having “no legal validity” and being a “flagrant violation of international law”. The resolution disregards that the Jewish-inhabited city of Jerusalem was subjected to Arab occupation and was then arguably taken back fairly in the 6-day war, hence this renders the resolution’s criticism of Israeli settlements there, as a double standard and hypocritical.
The resolution also plays into the dubious hands of the more tyrannical Palestinian Leaders, who wish not for peace but, the total annihilation of the Jewish State. In essence, this solely ties the hands of Israel to handle opposition that has countlessly argued against the two-state solution.
PLO Charter Article 17:” The partitioning of Palestine, which took place in 1947, and the establishment of Israel are illegal and null and void, regardless of the loss of time”
Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi: “I repeat my humble opinion once again: I’m telling you that the two-state solution does not exist. We must return to the option of one Palestine”
Foreign Affairs Minister to the PNA, Riyad al-Maliki : “Kerry did not break new ground. It is not possible for us to recognize a Jewish State”
Islamic Jihad, the second-largest force in Gaza, also welcomed the UN vote, with that terror group’s spokesman Daoud Shehab saying it would lead to Israel’s “isolation” and “boycott” while opening it up to prosecution under international law. Hamas, which is considered a terrorist organization also praised the resolution.
The bill was originally developed by Egypt in collaboration with the UK, and initially stunted after “intense diplomatic pressure” on behalf of President-Elect Trump. The bill was ultimately pushed through by Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal and Venezuela after failed diplomatic pressure from Israel to postpone the resolution.
With the support of the UK and the negligence of the United States combined, Israel has undeniably been subject to betrayal by its closest allies. The United States abstention has been reviewed as support for the resolution, as their conventional role has been for some time now, to veto such resolutions, as was the request of Netanyahu and the advice of 88 US Senators to president Obama.
The US should veto the anti-Israel resolution at the UN Security Council on Thursday.
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) December 22, 2016
It has been alleged that Netanyahu has information indicating that the Obama administration covertly colluded with “hostile states” to conceive the resolution.
The decision to abstain has formed a partisan rift as Donald Trump expresses his disgust for the decision, gaining appraisal from Netanyahu himself, while the democrats face scrutiny for failing to back one of their closest allies.
not anymore. The beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this (U.N.)! Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2016
As to the U.N., things will be different after Jan. 20th.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2016
In an embarrassing and unconvincing attempt to save face, Foreign Secretary John Kerry came out to deliver a real car crash of a speech. Kerry claimed:”Both sides must act now to preserve the possibility of peace”. Juxtaposed to this opening statement Kerry then proceeded to levy the blame for a failure of the peace process onto Israel for its settlements on disputed land, while failing to substantially mention the paramount threat of terrorism faced by Israel for a reasonable amount of time. in a continued slur of nonsense, the Foreign Secretary took a faux pas, saying “If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic not both”, seemingly forgetting the fact that the Jewish state of Israel is the only Democratic state in the middle east.
Benjamin Netanyahu retorted to the speech saying:
“But now I must express my deep disappointment with the speech today of John Kerry – a speech that was almost as unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution passed at the UN last week. In a speech ostensibly about peace between Israelis and Palestinians, Secretary Kerry paid lip service to the unremitting campaign of terrorism that has been waged by the Palestinians against the Jewish state for nearly a century.”
“What he did was to spend most of his speech blaming Israel for the lack of peace by passionately condemning a policy of enabling Jews to live in their historic homeland and in their eternal capital, Jerusalem.”
“Israel looks forward to working with President-elect Trump and with the American Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, to mitigate the damage that this resolution has done and ultimately, to repeal it.”