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December 27, 2016 5:14 am

The UN Votes to Expel 400,000 Jews. Now What?

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A bridge connecting Israel with Judea and Samaria. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A bridge connecting Israel with Judea and Samaria. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The UN Security Council vote, made possible by the Obama Administration’s historic decision to abstain, has effectively nullified the Oslo Accords, which were premised on direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

By short-circuiting direct talks on the most complicated of the “final status” issues — the fate of 400,000 Israelis residing over the Green Line — the UN’s condemnation of settlements is simultaneously a vote of support for the Palestinian narrative.

As such, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has been given the green light to pursue his policy of making the West Bank “Judenrein.”

How should the Israeli government proceed?

On the Right, Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennet used the news to push for de facto annexation of large parts of the West Bank. On the Left, opposition leader Isaac Herzog called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign, while Tzipi Livni said that the anti-settlement resolution was a direct result of the Right’s proposed Regulation Bill, which aims to legalize thousands of Jewish homes in the West Bank.

For his part, Netanyahu responded quickly and vigorously to the vote, ordering a halt in funding to five UN institutions that are especially hostile toward Israel. In addition, Bibi vowed to have UN Security Council Resolution 2334 revoked in the same way that the 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism was ultimately rescinded.

But do implied threats to reassess Israel’s ties to the United Nations best serve the interests of the Jewish state?

Rather than work to mend diplomatic fences or engage in brinksmanship with Security Council members, Israel should expose the United Nations for what it is: a hypocritical den of thugs who routinely ignore the most egregious human rights crimes around the world. Israel should also respond by immediately renegotiating all its bilateral trade deals with the Security Council members that either supported or abstained on Resolution 2334.

While the idea of strong-arming China may seem implausible, let’s not forget that the government in Beijing, similar to the leaders of other regional powers, is actively seeking to transform the country into a knowledge- and intellectual property-based economy. And in a world where innovation and technology are key economic drivers, Israel has emerged as a crucial factor in the global economy. While some may point to the passage of Resolution 2334 as proof of Israel’s growing international isolation, 2016 was a record year for mostly foreign investments in Israel’s high tech companies, with nearly $5 billion invested.

Lastly, no one can deny that there is indeed a humanitarian crisis taking place in the territories controlled by the Palestinian Authority. But it is primarily the fault of the PA, which is committing an increasing number of human rights offenses against its own people.

So, perhaps the United Nations should consider recalibrating its condemnations and start targeting its pro-Palestinian resolutions against the growingly repressive regime of Mahmoud Abbas.

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  • After a decades of Arab deception, to believe peace is possible is a delusion, and another mistake, that is costing Jewish lives and the security of Israel.
    The Arabs have a state, which is Jordan. Jordan illegally occupied and confiscated about 80% of the land allocated to Jews under international law and treaties of post WWI and the Faisal Wiezmann Agreement in 1919. The Arabs also have the Jewish businesses, homes and over 75,000 square miles of land (which is 6 times the size of Israel) which the Arab countries illegally confiscated from the million expelled Jewish families. The Muslim also killed all the Jews in Medina which was a Jewish city for over 2,600 years. In 1920 San Remo Conference by the Supreme Allied Powers, the Arabs received over 12 million sq. km. of territory with a wealth of oil reserves and the Jewish people were allocated the territory formerly known as Palestine aka The Land of Israel, as its historical land, which is about 120,000 sq. km. of territory. Today Israel’s territory is about 21,000 sq. km.

    The British in violation of agreements took away over three quarters of Jewish allocated territory and created the new Arab state of Jordan and Jordan was set-up in 1922 on Jewish territory as the new Arab-Palestinian state, they expelled the Jewish population and confiscated all their assets; Jordan declared its independence in 1946.

    It is time to take another approach. Forego all peace talks until the Arabs can prove they can control their population and live with the Jews in peaceful coexistence for at least 5 years. Furthermore, Arabs must eliminate the education of its people to commit terror and violence; replacing it with education and practice of living in harmony and coexistence. To publicly and physically oppose terror and violence, with physical enforcement of such violations. Nothing less will be accepted. It is not negotiable.
    YJ Draiman

  • What is being advocated here and what Israel has been doing under Netanyahu for some time is isolating itself. Israel has been kindly asked by every president since 1967 to desist settlement activities. Obama, too, stayed with asking for nearly eight years. HOWEVER, Netanyahu chose to do the exact opposite and EXPAND settlement activities.

    He also repeatedly poked the US president in the eye — the same president who is fighting in Syria to weaken Israel’s sworn enemy there (without much effect admittedly), the same president who has sold Israel more and better arms than any president before him. Netanyahu sought to humiliate and side-step this president by taking his own pleas about Iran directly to the US congress, thereby inserting himself DIRECTLY into US politics. An absolutely brazen act.

    When you choose to sidestep a US president and to do the opposite of his requests that you desist settlement activities by overtly increasing them, that kind of blockheaded approach should CERTAINLY expect some pushback, and this was the pushback. it is was arrogant, bullheaded, I’ll-do-it-my-way-stick-it-in-your-eye approaches create — pushback.

    Nevertheless, the US president has done NOTHING MORE than affirm the stance of EVERY US president before him, except that he has allowed it to become official. That’s the blowback for being so bullheaded and saying you will do whatever you want however you want whenever you want. And Israel repeatedly elected Netanyahu knowing that that is exactly the kind of bullheaded man he is. So, you get what you chose to elect over and over. Why on earth would you expect anything different?

    • hoptoit27

      Did the PA ever negotiate with Israel to achieve a two state solution?

    • Joseph Feld

      Regarding interfering in another country’s internal affairs, Obama came to London and told the British electorate that if they voted for Brexit, the USA would put UK trade agreements at the back of the queue because the EU is a bigger trade partner. This wasn’t the first time Obama interfered in internal UK affairs, so he can’t be overly critical of Bibi on that account. The Iran deal represented a real threat to Israel’s security and Bibi came to address Congress. Before the USA enterred WW2 the King and Queen of the UK did a state visit to the USA to boost support for the war effort. Churchill also addressed Congress to boost the UK war effort.

  • drdov

    Like Bibi said, obama will soon learn that the days of spitting at Jews is over

  • Joseph Feld

    Soon after Trump’s inauguration the USA Senate and Congress must condemn Obama’s perfidious UN resolution. Next Trump must reconsder each UN agency that receives USA funding, and make necessary cuts where money is being wasted. The UN should be given a set date by which all 1948 Pal refugees should be resettled and all refugee camps closed. In 1948 onwards Israel accepted about 800,000 Jewish refugees from Arab lands, while 700,000 Arabs left Israel and many still have not been resettled in Arab states. The UN is poring billions of dollars down the drain. Top professors of International Law should be asked to produce formal opinions on the perfidious UN resolution, leading to a campaign to have the resolution rescinded. It acts as if Oslo, Madrid, Camp David and Annapolis never happened. Did genuine elected national govts intend to support such a travesty? Was it rushed through by Obama to be voted on before he leaves office?