Alone in the World



By: YOSEF TASTASSA  
Published: February 18th 2011
in News » World

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

United Nations or Useless Nations?

 

Ever since Israel was established in 1948, the United Nations assembly and its institutes have been criticizing Israel for almost everything done by the Jewish State.

 

One of the most ridiculous and twisted resolutions of the general assembly was in November 10, 1975. Resolution 3379 was approved by the assembly and declared that Zionism is a form of racism and racist discrimination. In December, 1991 the general assembly approved resolution 4686 which said the opposite.

 

David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister was cynical towards the UN approach and named it "UN bla-bla-bla" meaning that no matter what they decide, the resolutions are meaningless.

 

US support of Israel

 

Despite Ben-Gurion's attitude, Israel tried to avoid embarrassing resolutions against her in the United Nations assembly. It was hard to do because in most cases the resolutions were supported by most Arab and Muslim states which have fifty votes compared to Israel’s one single vote.

 

Israel has argued that it’s absurd that dictatorship regimes with no regard for human rights are using democratic means to condemn the only democracy in the Middle East.

 

For decades the US stood alongside Israel and vetoed any anti Israel resolution. In most cases, Israel and the US had the same ideals and there was complete certainty that a US veto would stop any anti Israeli resolution. Israel’s most supportive US administration was the George W Bush administration during 2002–2010.

 

New winds from Washington

 

The Barack Obama regime has changed the US attitude towards Israel. The new administration is determined to achieve peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. But more than it wants to achieve peace, the new administration wishes to reconcile the Muslim world and be more open minded and tolerant towards a new era between the US and the Muslim world.

 

To achieve this goal, Israel’s role in the game has switched from ally to scapegoat. The cold relationship and the disagreements between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu are nothing new.

 

The famous Jewish columnist, Thomas Friedman, who criticizes Israel at every opportunity, recently wrote that the White House is disgusted with Israel’s behavior.

 

Anti settlements resolution

 

The Jewish settlements behind the 1967 lines are one of the core issues in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. The Palestinians demand complete evacuation of the settlements and that future Palestine will be "Free of Jews". If a land free Jews is not a racist demand and declaration, than what is?

 

Israel said it will never again go through the trauma of the 2005 Gaza disengagement, and insists that the majority of settlers will remain where they are and that the problem will be solved by transferring to the Palestinians alternative territories, which the Palestinians have refused.

 

The condemnation resolution

 

The UN Security Council will gather today on the settlements matter and probably condemn Israel for the settlements issue. The decision will only be a presidential declaration with no power to impose anything on Israel. However, the fact that the US will support such a decision will be a dramatic change in the US-Israel relationship and will further demonstrate the deep ideological crises between Israel and its closest friend.

 

Summary

 

The Obama regime’s change of attitude towards the Middle-East is a great challenge to Israel who feels more isolated and insecure in the political arena. A support of today’s anti Israel resolutions will further validate the Obama regime’s new policy towards Israel and the Muslim world.



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