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January 8, 2017 7:18 am

The United Nations Has Broken All Its Promises to Israel

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The United Nations. Photo: wiki commons.

The United Nations. Photo: wiki commons.

A lot has been written about the UN Security Council resolution declaring all Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem to be illegal. Even so, there is an important point I haven’t seen made.

The West Bank was “created” by the armistice agreement of 1949 that ended Israel’s War of Independence. The agreement was brokered and monitored by the UN. It did not require any Arab recognition of Israel, nor did it require either side to give up any claims to territory on the other side of the line. It reads: “It is also recognised that no provision of this Agreement shall in any way prejudice the rights, claims and positions of either Party hereto in the ultimate peaceful settlement of the Palestine question, the provisions of this Agreement being dictated exclusively by military considerations.”

It must be remembered that when this agreement was actually in effect, it provided no legitimacy or safety to Israel. No Arab country recognized these borders. It was only when they lost the West Bank after the 1967 war (which they started) that they supported this “border.” But a border has to work both ways if it is to mean anything at all.

The armistice agreement was with Jordan, not with the Palestinians. And only two countries (Pakistan and the UK) recognized the Jordanian occupation of the West Bank as legitimate. Yes, King Hussein gave the West Bank to the Palestinians in 1988. But it was never his to give.

In passing the latest resolution, the UN has clearly reneged on the armistice agreement. So why should Israel trust the UN or any government that voted for (or abstained from) this resolution? Every conceivable “solution” to this conflict requires Israel to give up something tangible for the false promise of security and peace. The UN has broken its word to Israel time and time again.

So if no one feels obligated to keep its word with Israel, then Israel has no reason to trust any promise that the world, or the UN, makes.

For example, some (but not all) of the land used for current settlements was purchased by the Jewish National Fund more than 100 years ago, and lost in the War of Independence. All the Jewish residents were driven out. Will the UN stand up for Israel on this issue?

Finally, the settlements are not the major obstacle to peace. Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups want all of Israel destroyed. Until that changes, there will be no peace.

The current situation has shown that the UN, and every country on the Security Council, believes that commitments to Israel don’t have to be honored. So why should Israel believe any promises that they make in the future?

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