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December 22, 2016 12:21 pm

Vote on Egypt-Promoted Anti-Israeli Settlement UN Security Council Resolution Delayed, After Netanyahu Pressures Sisi

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Campaign photo of Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, the Egyptian Defense Minister who has resigned to run for president. Photo: El-Sisi Campaign.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi. Photo: Sisi campaign.

A vote on an anti-Israeli settlement UN Security Council resolution that was originally supposed to take place on Thursday has been postponed, “potentially indefinitely,” Reuters reported, citing a Western diplomatic source.

Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported that the vote on the Egypt-promoted resolution was delayed due to pressure applied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi.

Early Thursday morning, before the vote postponement was announced, US President-elect Donald Trump said America’s UN delegation should veto the resolution.

“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,” Trump stated. “This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis.”

On Wednesday, Netanyahu also called for a US veto of the resolution.

The resolution in question says Israeli communities established in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 1967 have “no legal validity” and represent “a flagrant violation” of international law, constituting “a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-state solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace.” It goes on to demand that the Jewish state “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.”

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon on Wednesday described the resolution as “the peak of hypocrisy.”

“It will do nothing to promote a diplomatic process and will only reward the Palestinian policy of incitement and terror,” Danon said on Twitter. “It is absurd that at a time when thousands are being massacred in Syria, the Security Council is devoting time and energy to convene and discuss condemning the only true democracy in the Middle East.”

Furthermore, Danon said, “We expect our greatest ally [the US] not to allow this one-sided and anti-Israel resolution to be adopted by the Council.”

In an article published by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs think tank on Wednesday, former Israeli Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold wrote, “[The UN] is obsessed with Israel while ignoring the dangerous actions of Iran.”

The Hebrew news site nrg quoted an Israeli diplomatic official as saying on Thursday, “This could be the last attempt by President [Barack] Obama to ‘do something’ against the settlements. Israel expects the US to stand by its longstanding and cross-government policy of [calling for] direct [Israeli-Palestinian] negotiations — just like President Obama said in his 2011 UN speech. If the US doesn’t impose a veto, this would be a violation of its commitment. This would mark an abandonment of its traditional position, a moment before the change of administrations.”

Also on Thursday, leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations urged the Obama administration to veto any one-sided Security Council resolutions related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Resolutions like the one being considered on Thursday “represent the latest misguided effort to enlist the Security Council to provide an escape route for the Palestinians to evade their obligations to negotiate directly with Israel to reach a final agreement ending the conflict,” CPMAJO Chairman Stephen M. Greenberg and Vice Chairman and CEO Malcolm Hoenlein said in a statement.

Moreover, they pointed out, “today, on the eve of a new US administration, is not the time to alter the course of a sound and consistent US policy at the UN Security Council.”

The Anti-Defamation League also called for a US veto of what ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said was a  “biased, unconstructive” resolution.

As reported by The Algemeiner, there has been significant bipartisan concern in Washington that Obama “won’t have Israel’s back” at the UN during the remainder of his time in office.

In 1979, Egypt became the first Arab country to sign a peace agreement with Israel, though the relationship has at times been strained over the decades. Israel-Egypt ties have improved since Sissi took power in Cairo in 2013, after ousting his predecessor, Mohamed Morsi, an Islamist affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Israel and Egypt share a number of regional interests, including the containment of Iran and combating ISIS in Sinai and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Watch a video below of Netanyahu discussing the resolution:

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  • Lies, deception, myths and Obama hostility towards Israel
    A lie is like a noxious and perennial weed that is almost impossible to root out. So it is a grand weed, the delusion and myth of an Arab people who call themselves Arab-Palestinians. Their delusion is of their fictitious past living in a land that supposedly belonged to them for millennia with their capital, Jerusalem.
    This delusion stems from the same fertile magical Arab imagination that gave us The Thousand and One Arabian Nights replete with fantastic tales of magic, wizards and Ali Baba. Both, the claim of a distinct Arab people called Arab-Palestinians and the Thousand and One Nights are an equal delusion and fantasy in the Arab mind.
    As a matter of Historical fact the Arabs residing in Greater Israel today are: Arabs from Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Libya, and Sudan, etc.
    The truth – not the delusion and fantasy – is that there was never an independent, sovereign Arab state called Palestine. Jerusalem was never the capital of any Arab polity in all of recorded history. Only one people has ever made Jerusalem its capital with two Jewish temples, and only one people ever established their ancestral and biblical homeland from east of the River Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea: the remaining indigenous Jewish people for over 3,000 years.
    In the years before Israel was internationally reconstituted in 1920 and assumed its sovereignty in May 1948, the world referred to its Jewish residents as Palestinians. Indeed, the Palestinian military units fighting with the British Army in World War Two were Jewish to every man and woman. Few, if any, Arabs or Muslims fought against the Axis powers during that war and indeed many served in SS units; often willing collaborators with the Germans in murdering Jewish communities in the Balkans and elsewhere. Why such Arab “collaborators” (including the Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini), were never prosecuted for war crimes is still an unanswered mystery.
    History and factual documents proves the word Palestine was established by the Romans to anger the Jews and Jerusalem was renamed Aelia Capitolina. It was then carried forward and used during the Mandate for Palestine over the territory that was agreed by the Supreme Allied Powers in 1920 San Remo Conference and implemented by the League of Nations in 1920. The very Mandate which made Great Britain trustee for the Jewish people with the express international legal obligation of establishing in Palestine the historical Jewish homeland. At that time, the Palestine Mandate covered all of what is Israel – including Judea and Samaria, or what is erroneously called the West Bank – Gaza, Golan and present day Jordan.
    What so many in the biased media forget, if they ever knew, is that the Ottoman Empire was dismantled by the victorious Allies, France and Britain, at the end of World War One. At that time, many new Arab states were created with Palestine aka The Land of Israel reserved for a Jewish homeland under international treaties executed by the Supreme Allied Powers and the Faisal Weizmann Agreement in January 1919.
    However, Britain violated the international treaties and reneged on its duty and obligation to the Jews and tore away four fifths of the Mandate for Palestine Jewish territory in 1922 and arbitrarily gave all the land east of the Jordan River away to the Hashemite Bedouin tribe as the new Arab State for the Arabs. Immediately, Jews were forbidden to live in what became Trans-Jordan and eventually became the Kingdom of Jordan in 1946: An early example of ethnic cleansing and blatant Arab apartheid.
    The borders of the Mandate for Palestine as eventually set although in violation of international agreements, determined the Arab State of Jordan as East of the Jordan River, and granted Israel all the land West of the Jordan River including Jerusalem, Golan and Gaza.
    The January 1919 Faisal-Weizmann agreement confirms those terms which irrefutably state that all of Palestine is for the Jewish people.
    Interestingly, Arabs and their leaders had rejected any notion of a separate Arab Palestinian identity. For them, the Palestine region was merely a part of Greater Syria and the Arabs were indistinct from their neighbors. Indeed, the Syrian dictator, Assad, still plots for the return of Jordan, Israel and the disputed territories.
    As far as Palestine aka The Land of Israel was concerned for those Arab absentee landlords of the early years of the 20th century, living in Cairo, Damascus and Beirut, the land was worthless: barren and malarial infested.
    Then the Jewish pioneers returning in the late 19th century began to purchase the wasted and barren land at exorbitant prices, drain the swamps and redeem again the ancestral ancient beloved Jewish homeland. Through Jewish blood, toil, sweat and tears the old neglected and desolate land was developed and again restored to former productivity of green pastures. Ironically, the once again developed land brought into the territory hundreds of thousands of illegal Arab aliens who found livelihoods that were unavailable in the stagnant and corrupt neighboring Arab societies.
    The British authorities invariably turned a blind eye to the flood of illegal Arab immigrants; (wishing to control Arab oil reserves) seeing in them as a stick to beat the Jewish residents with. Herein lays the genesis of the present day Arab false claim to all the land and their descendant’s stated threat to extirpate any and all Jewish life within its borders.
    So many well-meaning people in the West, as well as latent anti-Semites, have fallen hook, line and sinker for the myth and delusion of an Arab-Palestinian homeland called Palestine. So many people now believe the delusion, fantasy and false claim by the well-funded Arab propaganda machine that the Jews came and stole it, without checking the historical facts.
    Though said delusional claim sounds affecting and no doubt to the liberal mind particularly emotional with all the tugging of the heart strings that it implies, it is still an absolute lie and deception just like the weed that can never be fully uprooted.
    For so many people who are either ignorant, turn a deaf ear or are hard hearted towards the Jewish state, they are unaware and or refuse to believe that the Jews were the indigenous inhabitants of Israel for over two millennia. Furthermore, such indigenous inhabitation was well before the Muslim religion was created, and before Muslim armies swarmed out of Arabia with a Koran in one hand and a sword in the other to occupy vast territories in the name of Allah.
    The pity is that there are numerous historical documents, archaeological proof and biblical history for all to read. Yet, for some incomprehensible reason, written and factual history is ignored in favor of embracing delusions, deception and lies.
    The Arabs have spread over 12 million square kilometers in the Middle East and into North Africa (the Maghreb) with a wealth of oil reserves. Israel’s territory which was suppose to be 120,000 sq. km. is barely 21,000 square kilometers and may soon be reduced further if its biblical ancestral heartland of Judea and Samaria is torn from it to create in its midst a terror state called Arab Palestine: the 23rd Arab state (just like Gaza).
    The world needs to acknowledge the Arab countries expulsion of over a million Jewish families refugees mentioned above who were persecuted, terrorized and expelled, with all their assets confiscated, businesses, homes and over 120,000 sq. km. of Jewish owned Real Estate for over 2,400 years (valued today in the trillions of dollars) in the Arab lands over the past 70 years. The world needs to also extend to said Jewish refugees the same sympathetic obsession they extend to the Arabs; the very Arabs who needlessly left Israel at the urging of the corrupt Arab League and the six attacking Arab armies. When Arab-Palestinians stop indoctrinating their children and the masses to commit terror and violence, then there may be hope for a better international community than what exists at the present time.
    At the same time the world needs to condemn Jordan for confiscating Jewish territory and assets, and barring Jews over 80 years ago from living in what was the Palestine Mandate territory east of the Jordan River. Furthermore, the world needs to condemn the so-called Arab-Palestinian Authority from barring Jews within its territory now. Also, the world needs to condemn the indoctrination of children and the masses by the Arab PA to commit terror and violence, and glorify suicide bombers. Only after such rightful condemnation by the world will there be equal hope for a redeemed international community.
    Meanwhile the Jews – the real authentic indigenous Palestinians – strive to live within the miniscule territory that is the Jewish state. They will continue to exist even as they are denied even one day of peace from their genocidal Arab and Muslim neighbors. Finally, the Jews of Israel now have to also survive the efforts by the American president, Barack Hussein Obama, who seems unwilling to rest until Israel crumbles under his malevolent gaze and swaggering intimidation.
    We hope the new American administration will recognize and implement its own agreements and promises to Israel, since post WWI.
    YJ Draiman.

  • Reb_Yaakov

    I’m not sure I know of any place that represents a “true democracy.” I would define that term as a place where the vast majority of people manifest democratic values, not just a place where people vote.

    As for the settlements, they may be legal but what is the point? They represent those who want a one-state solution, a position the Israeli government rejects because it does not want to change the demographic balance. The settlements accomplish nothing and their expansion is used to thumb the nose toward everyone else. They are seen as taking land away from a future Arab state. In that way, they divert attention from other issues, such as the Palestinians’ glorification of terrorists, demands that Israel release terrorists prior to any negotiations, and so on.