A “Heads Up” for the Pro-Israel Community: Our Next Major Challenge after the Pending Nuclear Agreement

Dear Friends:

We all are aware of the grave dangers to the security of Israel and the world inherent in the ongoing negotiations toward a nuclear agreement with Iran.

However, there is another major challenge looming on the horizon which is not yet fully  understood by the pro-Israel community, but to which we must respond.

The use of the United Nations to damage Israel on the international scene is longstanding and well-known. However, there is a new undertaking that can do far more damage than has been done before, unless we take action to stop it.

…a proposal to engage the U.N. Security Council in an effort to impose a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

It is a proposal to engage the U.N. Security Council in an effort to impose a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. This agreement would be heavily slanted against Israel.

Moreover, it would be expressly designed to replace the United States as the principal mediator between the parties. In other words, the U.N. would be in charge of the peace process, minimizing the protection that the U.S. can offer Israel in the international arena.

France is leading this effort. They have put off action on their proposal until after June 30 so as to accommodate the U.S., by which time it is assumed that the Iran negotiations will be completed.

This postponement is designed to avoid a U.S. veto. It is also likely that the French are in discussions with the administration to make the text acceptable to the U.S., again to avoid a U.S. veto.

This would represent a major shift in U.S. policy, leaving Israel even more vulnerable than before in the diplomatic arena.

Resolutions agreed upon in the U.N. Security Council are binding upon members, unlike those in the General Assembly.

The time for action on this is now. We expect the resolution to be brought to the U.N. Security Council in September.

A draft resolution brought to the Security Council on December 30, 2014 by Jordan was defeated. This resolution would be approved in a 2015 vote, given the Council’s change in membership as of January 1, 2015, unless it is vetoed by the United States.

The French voted “yes” on the December 30 resolution. This gives us a good idea of what will be contained in the resolution they are crafting now, in order to try again.

Beyond the provisions for a Palestinian State based on the June 4, 1967 lines with equal land swaps, a major modification of UNSC resolution 242, and an 18 month timetable for Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria, it is likely to endorse the claim of a “right of return” for so-called refugees. Refugees are defined by the Palestinians as the original 1948 refugees plus all their descendants.

This means that the mass migration of 5 million Palestinians to Israel will be endorsed and made possible. This migration would not be just to the Palestinian state that will be formed, but to Israel proper.

Please circulate this letter to all your friends and friends of Israel in the Jewish community and in the public- at- large.

This is the “just solution” that the Palestinian leadership has argued for, for years. We understand that this is a way to destroy Israel as a Jewish State by diplomatic and demographic means, since attempts to do so militarily have failed.

However, as is usually the case, Palestinians spell out the “right of return” clearly to their following, but provide camouflaged wording for that demand in U.N. Security Council resolutions.

We expect that similar camouflaged wording of the “right of return” will be in this year’s draft, in order to make the resolution appear more benign.

As a result, the major flaws in this resolution are unlikely to be highlighted in the media.

The general public must be informed and our Senators and Congressman alerted!

The time for action on this is now. We expect the resolution to be brought to the U.N. Security Council in September.

Please circulate this letter to all your friends and friends of Israel in the Jewish community and in the public- at- large.

Please write to your Senators and Congressman ASAP to let them know of your concerns.

Sincerely,

Ellen F Heyman, Member, Board of Directors AJIRI

Richard Schifter, Chairman, American Jewish International Relations Institute

Please address any questions you may have to Ellen F. Heyman