King Solomon easily could have been speaking about the U.N. when he penned, “There’s nothing new under the sun,” because when it comes to their decisions concerning Israel, they can always be counted upon to condemn something!
Whether illustrated by the partition vote of Palestine in 1948 – when they refused to give the Jews their own state, right on the heels of the Holocaust – or the blacklist they prepared in 2017, which shamed hundreds of companies around the world that were doing business in Israel, East Jerusalem and the territories, the U.N.’s blatant bias of the last 74 years towards the Jewish homeland has been anything but subtle or hidden. To the contrary!
Now, the United Nations General Assembly has, via their Palestinian representatives, requested that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) look into and opine on the matters of Israeli annexation, its so-called occupation status and the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Obviously intending to poke Israel in the eye, when put forward for a vote by the nations of the world, the results included 87 for, 26 against and 53 abstentions.
As Israel continues to be accused of “crimes,” the hypocrisy of Palestinians, who use their own people – especially children – as human shields, are heading to the pulpit to preach goodness and justice to mankind.
In the words of Palestinian spokesperson Abu Rudeineh, “The time has come for Israel to be a law-abiding state and bear responsibility for crimes against our people. We believe that justice based on decisions with international legitimacy and the absence of impunity is the only way to achieve permanent and lasting peace in Palestine, Israel and the entire region.”
Of course, the list of crimes worthy of the ICJ’s intervention is not mentioned. The move actually seems to be pre-emptive, noting Israel’s new hardline, right-wing government, which has hinted of a possible annexation of parts of Judea and Samaria. What better way to make sure that doesn’t happen than by calling upon the international community to shore up the U.N.’s biased claims?
Palestinians certainly had their chance, back at the 2000 Camp David Summit, when then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered to withdraw from 97% of Judea and Samaria, and 100% of the Gaza Strip. In fact, Barak “agreed to dismantle 63 isolated settlements in exchange for the 3% annexation of the West Bank.”
Furthermore, “Barak also made previously unthinkable concessions on Jerusalem, agreeing that Arab neighborhoods of east Jerusalem would become the capital of the new state … giving Palestinians ‘religious sovereignty’ over the Temple Mount.”
Let’s not forget the “right of return” for Palestinian refugees, as well as reparations to the tune of a $30 billion international fund.
Now if that’s not giving away the store, nothing is. But Israel is still being accused of “occupying its own land.” The U.N. General Assembly likes to refer to it as “Palestinian territories,” but it’s a bit hard to refer to Jerusalem as Palestinian land when Jewish rights to the capital go back to the time of King David and the Temple – built by his son, King Solomon and considered Judaism’s holiest site. Still, today, the U.N. refers to the Temple Mount only by the Muslim name “al-Haram al-Sharif.”
As Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Gilad Erdan stated, “There is no authority that can declare that the Jewish nation is an occupier in its homeland.”
No resolution, regardless of how cleverly worded, can change the fact that Israel, in 1948, was willing to play by the unfair rules of the U.N., which told them that sharing the land was the best they could hope for.
Of course, history has recorded that, with each war forced upon Israel to defend the tiny sliver of land it was allowed to have, the country was able to better its position – something called “the spoils of war” – and retain what gains it made throughout the last 74 years of its existence. Doesn’t every country do that?
But this new U.N. resolution reads, “After 56 years, Israel’s hold on territories it captured from Jordan, Egypt and Syria in the defensive 1967 Six-Day War, can be considered tantamount to de facto annexation and thus illegal under international law.”
In short, “Return to the 1967 lines.” And here is the hypocrisy! Was it ever demanded of the United States to return Texas to Mexico after the Mexican-American War of 1845-1848, when U.S. President James K. Polk seized the United States’ greatest territorial expansion up to that time?
Other well-known conquests of European territories include the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Yugoslavia and many other areas, which were seized by Germany during WWII. It wasn’t until Germany lost the war that those territories were no longer in their control.
Spoiler alert: This is the nature of what happens when countries engage in war, and Israel is no different. When fighting for her survival, she will take what she is able to take. Relinquishing land only comes either as a mutual agreement – which generally is contingent upon peace – or if, God forbid, Israel is militarily overtaken, which has not happened.
On the rare occasions when Israel did attempt to make a land-for-peace deal, as in the 2005 disengagement from Gaza, an outcome of peace never materialized. To this day, Israel is still faced with having to defend itself from surrounding hostile nations which have one common goal – to rid the Middle East of any Jewish presence.
It sticks in the craw of the U.N., a corrupt and pitiful organization, which has done little to nothing to further peace, equity or justice in many countries which are truly guilty of heinous crimes. Alternatively, the U.N. are champions at pointing a finger at Israel, a country which has always, during times of distress and disaster, volunteered to come to the rescue of whoever was in need – even those who consider themselves our enemies.
The nations of the world need to fearlessly and righteously confront the U.N.’s hypocrisy, when it comes to the very prejudicial and biased scales of justice which are used against the only homeland for Jews – a country the size of New Jersey and the sole place where a Jew can be safe from persecution just for being born into that ethnicity.
Israel is not obligated to comply with immoral standards which are set into place only for them, because the battles it has fought have been won with the help of the Almighty and, with His continued aid, Israel will defeat her enemies.
Let’s face it, if the U.N. was just and honest, it could make a lifelong career of prosecuting its own corruption and inhumanity, along with that of truly wicked countries, before ever pointing a finger at anyone else!
A former Jerusalem elementary and middle-school principal and the granddaughter of European Jews who arrived in the US before the Holocaust. Making Aliyah in 1993, she is retired and now lives in the center of the country with her husband.