UPDATE: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's unilateral declaration of statehood at the UN has left the Oslo Accords' bilateral framework between Israel and the PA in shreds, with negotiations clearly no longer a credible avenue. This brazen act of provocation by the PA, emboldened by Obama's hostile policies toward Israel, shows it is incontrovertibly true that the Palestinians refuse to recognize Israel's right to exist.
The Palestinians' gross violation of the Oslo Accords reflect the logical end point of the slow erosion of the Accords since their signing. Oslo, which enshrined bilateral talks as the avenue for a just settlement, was utterly repudiated by Abbas; the real declaration made at the UN was that any pretense by the Palestinians of abiding by Oslo is categorically over. Weakness by the United States has ensured there is no apparent cost to the Palestinians for this outrage.
Oslo and Oslo II were envisaged as a framework for Israel and the Palestinians to reach a negotiated settlement. In the preamble of these accords, both sides committed themselves to "reaffirming their desire to achieve a just, lasting and comprehensive peace settlement and historic reconciliation through the agreed political process."
The Palestinian's irreparable breach of Oslo is the logical conclusion of years of betrayal. As one Israeli observer put it, "the second intifada defamed it, disengagement exposed it, Annapolis was in spite of it and now Abbas has openly renounced it."
Abbas's UN declaration made no concrete references to actual borders, resources or neighbors. The reason is obvious – the Palestinians are not interested in negotiations with Israel because they seek to destroy Israel.
And Israel, thanks to the catastrophic Mid-East policies of Barack Obama, finds herself increasingly isolated and embattled in a region rapidly destabilizing. Libya, Tunisia and Egypt have announced themselves as Islamic states, and imposed Shariah law – their touted "democratic reforms" are looking more and more like moves toward consolidation of the global caliphate.
Barack Obama's Arab Spring, which he claims holds such imminent promise of democratic reform for Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Bahrain, Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan, continues to unfold – in violence and bloodshed. Experts say it is "essentially awarding one part of the Middle East to Iran and the other part to the Muslim Brotherhood." Can this possibly be in America's strategic interest – and can it possibly bode anything but catastrophic dangers for our only democratic ally in the region, Israel?
Egypt, and its linchpin peace treaty with Israel, has been abandoned to the Muslim Brotherhood. Hezbollah dominates Iran, and is pressing upon both Iraq and Saudi Arabia, and is likely to dominate Libya. What next? The entire region is in tumult and dangerously destabilized.
Libya's 42-year villainous strongman Muammar Gaddafi was captured by Islamist militia, tormented and executed with a gunshot to his head, then his corpse gruesomely paraded. Libya's transitional leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil declared his country's liberation from Gaddafi after a bloody 8-month conflict. He announced Islamic Sharia law would be the "basic source" of legislation and that existing laws that contradict the teachings of Islam would be nullified, and urged Libyans to express their joy by publicly chanting "Allahu Akbar," or God is Great, the Islamist warrior cry of victory – and stop murdering each other.
The UN "peace process" and Barack Obama pretends his policies in the Middle East seek freedom leading to peace. Yet his actions advance the power of murderous terrorists and violent factions warring against each other, spewing hate speech against real and imagined enemies, and inciting genocide against Israel. And the UN is the #1 enabler and facilitator for this Jew-hatred in the world! Why are our tax dollars funding $7.7 BILLION to the UN?
It is incomprehensible. The UN is an anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, anti-American fever swamp of tyrannical and totalitarian states demonstrably inimical to justice, and overtly hostile to the survival of Israel as a Jewish state. The pro-Palestinian UN majority is now rabidly denouncing Israel's continued planning for Jewish "settlements" in East Jerusalem, asserting that any new settlements run contrary to the call by the Middle East Quartet – the diplomatic group comprising the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States – on all parties to refrain from "provocative actions."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated what he claimed to be the UN's position that settlement activity in East Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank is "contrary to international law and to Israel's obligations under the Roadmap to a peaceful settlement of the conflict, and must cease."
A several-year old settlement plan, Givat Hamatos with 2,600 new living units would be the first major new Jewish settlement since Netanyahu approved the construction of nearby Har Homar in 1997, during his first term as prime minister.
The proposal was taken off hold, and building plans were revived and submitted for a 60-day public comment period, a last step before a final vote on approval. The decision will be made by the Jerusalem municipal council where there is broad support for settlements.
After the extreme provocation by Hamas and the PLO of unilateral application to the UN for Palestinian statehood – in violation of Resolution 242 and the Oslo Accords – it should be no surprise whatever that Israel continues to maintain with settlements her demographic interests in her capital city, Jerusalem. The Palestinians and the UN seek to divide the Holy City and hand over large sections to the Muslims – who whenever they have had "stewardship" of Jerusalem precincts, grossly desecrated Christian and Jewish holy places.
In this entire recent UN-Palestinian "statehood" debacle, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is covering for the Obama Administration's failure to protect Israel – by blaming the Jews. Two weeks ago, she attacked Jewish "settlement" building developments in the small town of Gilo, Israel outside Jerusalem:
"We believe that this morning's announcement by the government of Israel approving the construction of (1,100) housing units in east Jerusalem is counter-productive to our efforts to resume direct negotiations between the parties," Clinton told the Jerusalem Post at a news conference. "As you know, we have long urged both sides to avoid any kind of action which could undermine trust, including, and perhaps most particularly, in Jerusalem, any action that could be viewed as provocative by either side," she added.
But the 1,100 Gilo settlements are not in east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians falsely claim as theirs. Gilo in fact is southwest of Jerusalem, nowhere close to east Jerusalem.
Palestinian Authority spokesman Nabil Abu Radina falsely claimed that Gilo was a unilateral effort on the part of the Israeli government to undermine legitimate efforts for a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rightly repeated his call for an "indivisible, eternal" Jerusalem as the Jewish capital. He called the Gilo project "nothing new" and said, "We plan in Jerusalem. We build in Jerusalem. Period. The same way Israeli governments have been doing for 44 years, since the end of the 1967 war."
The Netanyahu government also noted in a statement at the UN that "Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish people; this is our heart. Jerusalem was the capital of the Jewish people when London was still a swamp…"
Tell Congress to DEFUND the UN, and let them know they will BE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE if they do not protect the indivisible, eternal Jerusalem as the capital for Eretz Israel.
I implore you – STAND FOR ISRAEL and DEMAND CONGRESS DO THE SAME!
With denunciations like these, the United Nations aids and abets Obama and his pro-Muslim strategy, granting undeserved legitimacy to HAMAS, the terrorist Islamic group, and to the Palestinian Authority headed by Mahmoud Abbas. And ultimately, any vote to add to the United Nations a new member state that relentlessly calls for the elimination of the Jewish state, the death of all Jews, and that glorifies terrorism obviously makes all but the peace of the grave harder – not easier – to achieve.
While Hamas's open calls for the genocidal slaughter of the Jews is politely condemned in some quarters (when this appalling but persistent fact is occasionally reported), it doesn't seem to matter. Obama and the UN have accepted Hamas, in the position Abbas has taken on Hamas' legitimacy as co-governing with the PLO within the Palestinian Authority. This should be utterly condemned and the Palestinian Authority isolated, shunned and DEFUNDED from all multi-lateral and diplomatic participation until they sever ties with known, self-avowed terrorist fronts like Hamas. Yet power-sharing with Hamas is fine with Obama and the UN, as witnessed when Abbas submitted to the United Nations an application for "statehood." This should be caution enough to the decent world that Israel stands in mortal peril from Obama.
Do I exaggerate? Take it from Abbas himself. Any responsible monitoring of Palestinian media reveals the duplicity and deception of the Palestinian Authority, even during moments of peace talks. For example, while portraying himself to the West as a man of compromise, Abbas said flatly last October that "we refuse to recognize a Jewish state."
To cite a more classic example, the speaker of the Hamas parliament, Ahmad Bahr, called in April 2007 for the murder of Jews, "down to the very last one."
This Palestinian "statehood" ploy is an outrageous betrayal and diplomatic assault against Israel that should never have advanced! It is a diplomatic failure by Obama unequaled in 63 years of the U.S. successfully repelling UN orchestrated anti-Israel abuse and attacks! What a travesty!
Abbas has relentlessly pressed his demands for a United Nations vote recognizing "statehood" for Palestine and although he has prevailed in insisting the UN Security Council expedite their decision to move forward his gambit to the credentials committee, AMERICAN PUBLIC OUTCRY AND FUNDING SANCTIONS THREATENED BY THE U.S. CONGRESS ARE HAVING AN EFFECT ON SLOWING DOWN THE PALESTINIAN BANDWAGON!
Any application for UN membership is considered by the Council, which decides whether or not to recommend admission to the 193-member General Assembly, which then has to adopt a resolution for the admission of a Member State.
Palestine, which currently has special, limited observer status at the UN, submitted the application for full membership allegedly "based on the Palestinian people's natural, legal and historic rights" invoking UN Resolution 181 as adopted by the General Assembly in November 1947, authorizing the partition of Palestine.
However, the problem for the Palestinians with invoking Resolution 181 is that the UN General Assembly ALREADY partitioned Palestine into Jewish and Arab States, and these states have existed for decades – Israel, the Jewish state, and Trans-Jordan now known as Jordan, the Arab state.
Now the Palestinian Authority is acting to circumvent UN Resolution 242 and the Oslo Accords, which mandate bilateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians to resolve border and territorial disputes.
The future of Jerusalem, and indeed Israel's very survival, may well still depend upon a United States veto in the Security Council – will pro-Muslim Barack Hussein Obama continue to refuse to uphold America's moral, diplomatic, and strategic interests, or will he finally have AMERICA STAND WITH ISRAEL?
AND IF OBAMA CONTINUES TO PLAY A DOUBLE GAME, PANDERING TO THE ARAB WORLD, WILL CONGRESS INTERVENE?
407 Congressmen voted for House Resolution 268 which clearly reminds us WHAT U.S. LAW CURRENTLY SAYS:
"Resolved: That the House of Representatives … reaffirms the United States statutory requirement precluding assistance to a Palestinian Authority that includes Hamas unless that Authority and all its ministers publicly accept Israel's right to exist and all prior agreements and understandings with the United States and Israel."
This is to say that U.S. federal law already prohibits our taxpayer funding of the Palestinian Authority should they violate Res. 242 and/or the 1993 Oslo Accords, and join the Hamas terrorists to illicitly seek a rogue "state." This is precisely what they have now done at the UN. American law requires defunding the Palestinians, and now that they have acted in violation of prior agreements, CONGRESS MUST DEMAND THAT U.S. LAW BE ENFORCED!
I implore you – STAND FOR ISRAEL and DEMAND CONGRESS DO THE SAME!
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