The United Nations Dissents

The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization that was established at the end of the Second World War on 24 October 1945, to promote international co-operation. Its objectives include maintaining international peace and security, promoting human rights, fostering social and economic development, protecting the environment, and providing humanitarian aid in cases of famine, natural disaster, and armed conflict. However with regards to Israel the word United could easily be replaced with the word Dissenting.

Throughout the decades the United Nations has been the Dissenting Nations taking a one sided view against Israel. If it were not for the veto of the United States then Israel would have found itself a victim of the large Arab and Muslim bloc that find no reason to offer Israel peace and security, social and economic development, protection of its environment, and any form of humanitarian aid in cases of famine, natural disaster, and armed conflict.

The recent ploy of the Palestinian Authority for a resolution, introduced on its behalf by Jordan, calling for Israel to withdraw from territory conquered in the 1967 war by late 2017 has once again shown this. It is hard to believe from the wording of the resolution that Jordan has a peace treaty with Israel. The resolution called for negotiations to be based on territorial lines that existed prior to the Six Day War in 1967. It also called for a peace deal within 12 months. However the resolution was not constructive toward achieving a negotiated settlement and hence the vote on it was not a vote for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The resolution was deeply imbalanced including unconstructive deadlines that take no account of Israel’s legitimate security concerns.

In order to pass, any United Nations  Security Council resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes from the council’s five permanent members. The Dissenting Nations against Israel would have passed the resolution had it not been for the veto of the United States. It was put to a vote without a discussion or due consideration among council members. Despite this eight states voted in favor of the resolution showing their traditional bias against Israel. The permanent Security Council members Russia, China and France had no hesitation in not taking Israel’s concerns to heart. They voted for the resolution and were joined by Luxembourg, Jordan, Argentina, Chile and Chad all of whom who are more concerned with oil than being united for constructive peace. In a customary manner the United Kingdom, long since no longer an Empire, sat on the fence abstaining to be joined by Nigeria, South Korea, Rwanda and Lithuania. Naturally Nigeria, South Korea and Rwanda have conflicts in their own regions and wished to express the view “we stay out of your problems and you stay out of ours.” It was only the United States and Australia who read the dangers in the resolution and rejected it. The latter has recently faced Islamic terror on the streets of Sidney.

The Palestinians could have their state this year without any United Nations Resolutions. Israel’s leadership have declared “two nations – two states”. In doing so Israel’s leadership have recognized the right of Palestinian independence. Now all that the Palestinian leadership has to do is recognize the right of Jewish independence. However the Palestinian leadership refuse to recognize and state the irrevocable right of Israel to be defined and declared as the Jewish national home. They also refuse to accept the borders of Palestine that they themselves call for.

Of the territory conquered during the Six Day War of 1967 Israel wishes to hold onto about 5% for security concerns. In return for keeping this 5% Israel is willing to give 5% of other arable land. Israel has already pulled troops and settlers out of all of the Gaza Strip in 2005. There is no occupation of Gaza yet the Hamas governance continues to attack Israel from there calling for the cities of Tel-Aviv and Haifa to be included in a Palestinian State. These cities are not in the 1967 borders. Israel has already granted local governance to all Palestinian cities as part of the Oslo Process twenty years ago yet the Palestinian Authority is not even capable of gathering taxes, due to its incompetence and corruption. Large amounts of funding for the Palestinian people gathered internationally remain in French bank accounts in the name of Yasser Arafat.

To me the United Nations aka the Dissenting Nations should pass a resolution calling on the Palestinian leadership to “accept reality” and “have independence in 2015” by “recognizing Israel” and by “accepting the 1967 borders as a basis for their state” and that “the 1967 borders don’t include the cities of Tel-Aviv and Haifa.”


About the Author
Dr Glen Segell is Fellow at the Ezri Center for Iran & Persian Gulf Studies, University of Haifa.