Kudos to President-elect Donald Trump for using some of his new political muscle to support Israel and rebuke the UN for its anti-Semitism.
The United Nations is a very weak cover for Israel-haters. If not for the United States, the UN would have legislated Israel out of existence by now, and authorized use of force to eliminate her. President Obama has always leaned toward the Palestinians, feeling that if they were normalized with a state and formal diplomatic status, they would somehow find a way to coexist with Israel.
We all know this is not the case, and that Obama is denying some very hard realities of why the Arabs have always hated Israel, even before there was an Israel. Israel has been singled out 45 times by the UN’s laughably-named “Human Rights Council,” with nearly half of all of the organization’s country-specific resolutions condemning the tiny Jewish state, while its larger Arab neighbors get away with some of the worst human rights violations in the world.
The latest UN resolution condemned Israel for its housing construction in East Jerusalem. To bring you up to date, Israel is building apartment complexes in unoccupied land in Jerusalem, known as “Area C” in the Oslo Accords. Israel is legally entitled to build there. But Obama and the UN wanted to keep that land for future “land swaps” as part of a more permanent peace agreement with the Palestinians.
Trump’s entrance into the picture, at Israel’s behest, changed the dynamic.
Mr. Trump spoke out after Israeli officials contacted his team for help in blocking the draft resolution condemning settlement construction even as they lobbied its sponsor, Egypt. Within a couple of hours, Egypt withdrew the resolution, at least temporarily, and its president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, called Mr. Trump to discuss how “to establish true peace in the Middle East,” according to an aide to the president-elect.
The president-elect posted on Facebook:
The resolution being considered at the United Nations Security Council regarding Israel should be vetoed.
As the United States has long maintained, peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations.
This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis.
I doubt Trump, or anyone, can successfully negotiate peace between Israel and her intractable foes led by terrorists. That peace is reserved for a much higher pay grade. (Let’s not argue eschatology. I realize that one of the end-times events is the anti-Christ signing a peace treaty with Israel. This isn’t “Left Behind” and Christians can’t even agree on the timing of the Rapture.)
Before Israel can negotiate peace, all sides, mostly the Palestinians, must put down their hate, and stop their lies. I applaud Trump’s recognition that the UN should not be a proxy for their anti-Israel activities.