Even since a United Nations resolution created Israel 60 years ago, many nations have worked to put an end to the Jewish state. Historically, a nation would meet its end through military invasion but, in modern times, it’s by the million paper cuts of “legal documents.”
The Palestinian Liberation Organization, led by former terrorist Yasser Arafat, had its status changed at the United Nations to “non-member observer state.” The vote was 138 for, 9 against, and 41 abstentions.
Nations like Sudan and Iran have an equal vote with countries like the United States and France even though they don’t treat their citizens the same way and sponsor terrorism.
This is the statement the Israeli Consulate sent out after the vote:
- The General Assembly’s decision was symbolic in nature and devoid of any substantive meaning. It will not change facts on the ground.
- The General Assembly does not have the power to confer statehood, and therefore the resolution does not, and cannot, establish a Palestinian State or even grant it recognition.
- The Palestinians do not meet any of the accepted legal tests of statehood, including the test of effective government. The Palestinian Authority has no control over Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, which contains 40% of the Palestinian population.
- Israel is prepared to live in peace with a Palestinian state. However, for peace to endure Israel’s security must be taken into consideration, the Palestinians must recognize the Jewish state and they must be prepared and the conflict.
- Israel proved its willingness to make peace when it signed agreements with Egypt and Jordan. Yet for four years the Palestinians have refused repeated Israeli calls for direct dialogue.
- The path to peace lies between Jerusalem and Ramallah, and does not pass through New York. Turning to the UN distanced the chances for peace. The only way to achieve it is through direct agreements between the parties.
- Unilateral actions violate the foundation of the peace process – direct bilateral negotiations. It also is a material breach of Israel-Palestinian accords, including the names 1995 Interim Agreement. This resolution has undermined Israel’s trust in Palestinian willingness to abide its agreement.
The idea on behalf of Israel’s foes is to use international legal framework to tighten a virtual noose around Israel. Now that the PLO has been granted the status of “non-member observer state” they could petition to join the International Criminal Court and file unlimited charges against Israel for things like terrorism, etc…
Expect the PLO to hold this threat over Israel’s head in an attempt to gain leverage.
Not one shot has been fired, not one life lost… it is a paperwork war being fought by an organization that more and more Conservatives see as illegitimate and as a mouthpiece for dictatorial regimes that murder and torture their own people.