AJIRI #57: The UN Security Council Adopts Resolution 2334 with the U.S. Abstaining

December 29, 2016

Another Case Reflecting the Anti-Israel Culture of the UN

The purpose of the United Nations, as set forth in Chapter I, Article 1, is to “maintain international peace and security.” Under the provisions of Chapter V, Article 24 the Members of the United Nations conferred “on the Security Council primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.”

As we review the world situation at the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 and try to determine where international peace and security are most seriously threatened, it is clear that we need to focus on the Middle East. Death and destruction threaten millions of people in Syria and Iraq. But we do not find the Security Council seriously engaged there. It focuses once again on Israel, the favorite whipping boy of the UN system. So, on December 23, 2016 it adopted another anti-Israel resolution, which not only fails to advance the cause of peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, but makes the attainment of peace more difficult.Continue Reading …

Why the U.S. Embassy is in Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem – The Washington Post

US Embassy in Tel Aviv

US Embassy in Tel Aviv. Photo: David Jones, via Flickr

Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post, published December 24, 2016.

Regarding the Dec. 14 World article “Moving embassy to Jerusalem is a ‘very big priority’ for Trump“:

Consistently overlooked is the reason the United States did not move our embassy to West Jerusalem after the government of Israel had established itself there. The United States recognized the 1949 Israeli-Jordanian armistice lines as the new borders of Israel outside Jerusalem, but as for Jerusalem the U.S. position was to support the provision of the 1947 U.N. Partition Resolution, which called for Jerusalem to be a “corpus separatum under a special international regime … administered by the United Nations.” Thus, the U.S. position was not to recognize West Jerusalem as part of Israel nor East Jerusalem as part of Jordan because of the plans for a U.N. administration of all of Jerusalem. That is why the U.S. Embassy was not moved to West Jerusalem, the location of the government of Israel, including its foreign ministry.

By 1953, the United Nations had shelved plans for a “corpus separatum,” and West Jerusalem was de facto understood to be part of Israel. Keeping the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv had no relationship to the status of East Jerusalem. Not moving the U.S. Embassy to West Jerusalem in 1953 or thereafter was essentially a bureaucratic decision, devoid of any legal justification.

Richard Schifter, Bethesda
The writer is chairman of the board of directors of the American Jewish International Relations Institute.

Source: Why the U.S. Embassy is in Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem – The Washington Post

AJIRI #56: Fatah’s Reliance on the UN to Deliver an Arab State “from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea”

December 23, 2016

Refusal to accept the Existence of a Majority Jewish State

On November 30, 2016, Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Fatah party, delivered a three-hour speech to the Seventh Congress of Fatah, the party that controls the Palestinian Authority. He made it quite clear that Fatah is not prepared to accept the existence of Israel, as a majority Jewish state. “Moderate” Fatah thus joins extremist Hamas in refusing to enter into an agreement with Israel on a lasting two-state solution. While Hamas is committed to the use of force to end Israel’s existence, Fatah seeks to attain that result through action by the United Nations. It is prepared to agree to a temporary two-state solution, but one that reserves the claim of a so-called “right of return”, the mass migration to Israel of 5,300,000 persons of Palestinian descent living in the Middle East. It expects to realize that claim through a UN directive to Israel to allow these “refugees”, more than 99% of which are not refugees but are their descendants, to settle in Israel and thus end the existence of Israel as a majority Jewish state.Continue Reading …

Jimmy Carter Misrepresents Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Former President Jimmy Carter Lectures at the House of Lords. Copyright House of Lords 2016 / Photography by Roger Harris.

Former President Jimmy Carter Lectures at the House of Lords. Copyright House of Lords 2016. Photo: Roger Harris.

An Op-Ed by former President Jimmy Carter that appeared in the November 29, 2016 issue of the New York Times, “America Must Recognize Palestine” misrepresented the facts related to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Carter calls on the Obama administration to recognize the state of Palestine and for the Security Council to pass a resolution imposing terms for resolving the conflict. The article written, below, by The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), lays out the complete case as to how Carter misrepresents the Israel-Palestinian conflict and why “Carter advocates a dangerous policy.”

The CAMERA article follows:

November 30, 2016

by Tamar Sternthal,
Director, Israel Office

Former President Jimmy Carter Misrepresents Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in The New York Times

Wrong on Military Rule, Population

Carter errs on military rule in the West Bank, stating: “Over 4.5 million Palestinians live in these occupied territories, but are not citizens of Israel. Most live under Israeli military rule, and do not vote in Israel’s national elections.” (Emphasis added.)Continue Reading …

AJIRI #54: The UN General Assembly as Sponsor of the One-State Solution

February 2, 2016

The United States is committed to a two-state solution of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. It is clear that a majority of Israelis would agree to such a solution if they can be assured of provisions for security in keeping with UN Security Council Resolution 242.

What is not well known is that Fatah, which leads the Palestinian Authority (PA), has the same ultimate objective: the liquidation of Israel and creation of an Arab State “from the River to the Sea.”

That Hamas rejects that solution and seeks to destroy the State of Israel is well known. What is not well known is that Fatah, which leads the Palestinian Authority (PA), has the same ultimate objective: the liquidation of Israel and creation of an Arab State “from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea.” Rather than engaging in warfare against Israel to attain that result, Fatah is engaged in major efforts to maintain the support of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for its claim. As UNGA resolutions are advisory only, the PA expects ultimately to succeed with the next step: having the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) order Israel to recognize the “right of return”, with the United States not exercising its veto power to prevent this destructive action.Continue Reading …

New U.N. Council No More Favorable to Palestinians – Reuters

By Patrick Worsnip

NEW YORK | Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:46pm EST

(Reuters) – Security Council dynamics are no more favorable now to a Palestinian U.N. membership bid than they were last year despite a partial change in the council makeup, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said on Monday.

In the teeth of strong opposition from the United States and Israel, the Palestinian Authority applied to the council last September for U.N. membership. But a committee to consider the application failed to reach consensus, and the Palestinians have not so far requested a formal vote in the council.

Palestinians Plan Diplomatic Steps to Put Israel Under ‘International Siege’ – Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat to meet Netanyahu’s envoy in Jordan Tuesday for preliminary talks aimed at setting an agenda for peace negotiations.

By Barak Ravid, Avi Issacharoff and Natasha Mozgovaya

01/02/ 2012

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s envoy Isaac Molho will meet with top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in Amman Tuesday for preliminary talks aimed at setting an agenda for peace negotiations, even as the Palestinians are preparing a diplomatic campaign that aims to put Israel under “a real international siege.”

Among those who have been pushing hard for the meeting Tuesday, the first official meeting between Israeli and Palestinian representatives in several months, are Jordan’s King Abdullah and Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh and the Quartet’s Mideast envoy, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Senior Israeli officials said there was very little chance that the meeting would lead to the renewal of negotiations.

Israeli, Palestinian Officials to Meet in Amman – JPost.com


01/01/2012 18:47

Meeting to mark first direct talks in over a year; Abbas says “all options on table” after proposed Quartet timeline expires, but rules out third intifada.

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet in Amman Tuesday for direct talks, the Jordanian Foreign Ministry announced Sunday.

This will be the first public direct meeting between the sides in more than a year.

One Israeli official said there have been intensive behind-the-scenes talks over the last few days between Israel, the Palestinians, Jordan and the Quartet – made up of the US, EU, Russia and the UN – to arrange the talks.

PA to Take Issue of Settlement Building to UNSC – JPost.com


12/31/2011 21:53

PLO secretary-general says decision to file complaint comes in wake of an increased Israeli settlement “campaign.”

The Palestinian Authority leadership decided on Saturday to go to the UN Security Council to demand an end to West Bank settlement construction and Jewish building in east Jerusalem.

The decision followed a meeting of the PLO Executive Committee at the Mukata presidential compound in Ramallah.

PLO Secretary-General Yasser Abed Rabbo said after the meeting that in the wake of the increased “settlement campaign,” the Palestinian leadership had decided to file a complaint with the Security Council against Israel.

US: ‘Shouting from UN rooftops’ won’t help peace – JPost.com


12/22/2011 05:52

State Dept says sides must return to negotiations; Foreign Ministry, Meridor slam European condemnation.

The United States on Wednesday addressed the near-complete condemnation of Israeli settlement policy by UN Security Council members the day before and its own vetoes of UNSC resolutions critical of Israel.

“Shouting from the rooftops of the Security Council is not going to change the situation on the ground,” spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters at the State Department Wednesday. Israelis and Palestinians, she explained, must “get back to the table and settle these issues together, and that’s the way we are going to have a lasting, stable peace.”

Addressing a pointed comment by Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, who without naming the US specifically accused Washington of believing things will “miraculously” sort themselves out on their own, Nuland said “there are no miracles to be had here.”

“There is hard work to be done by the parties, supported by the international community,” she added.