Full UN Security Council – January 17, 2017

The full UN Security Council meeting on January 17, 2017 would have been different had the Paris Peace conference not fizzled out.

The Paris Peace conference sought to mobilize the world only against Israel.  It failed.  It turned into an endeavor to show support for the two-state solution and urge both parties, Israel and the PLO to negotiate.  That is a demonstration of bias because the PLO is the one that needs urging to negotiate, as they are the ones that have for decades refused negotiations and rejected peace plans.  Another feeble effort to undermine Israel’s legitimacy.

Islamist movement Hamas rejected Monday the outcome of a Paris conference on Israeli-Palestinian peace, labelling the summit “absurd.”

“The Paris conference is a return to the absurd negotiation approach, which lost the rights of the Palestinian people and gave legitimacy to the Zionist entity on Palestinian land,” Fawzy Barhoum, a spokesman for Hamas, said in a statement. France24

Nickolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process briefs Security Council

In his first briefing of the year, Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told the Council that tensions flared following the December adoption of resolution 2334 (2016). Passed with14 votes for and one abstention, the resolution condemned Israeli settlements in the West Bank and reiterated international support for a two-state solution.

“In the aftermath of the vote, emotions on the ground have been heightened,” Mr. Mladenov said, adding that “divisive positions risk destroying the prospects for peace.”

“All stakeholders must avoid any unilateral action that would prejudge a negotiated final status solution. UN

Video:  1/17/17 – UN Security Council Discusses Middle East

The UN needs to be reformed or defunded!

Obama Tells ’60 Minutes’ He Made Decision To Abstain On UN Israel Vote, UN Vote Didn’t Rupture US-Israel Relations

Obama:  “I don’t think it caused a major rupture in relations between the United States and Israel.”

He tried to destroy the US-Israel relationship and failed in this as well.  Some unintended consequences of abstaining from that vote; end of the two-state peace solution and less funding to the UN from the US.

President Barack Obama told “60 Minutes” that he made the call for the U.S. to abstain from a vote on a U.N. Security council resolution condemning Israeli settlements, allowing the resolution to pass, and that doing so didn’t fray relations between the two countries.

The move caused a major fallout between the United States and Israel, a notion Obama demurred while speaking to Steve Kroft in an interview that aired Sunday.

“I don’t think it caused a major rupture in relations between the United States and Israel. If you’re saying that [Israeli] Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu got fired up, he’s been fired up repeatedly during the course of my presidency, around the Iran deal and around our consistent objection to settlements. So that part of it wasn’t new,” Obama said in his final interview as president.

“And despite all the noise and hullabaloo, military cooperation, intelligence cooperation, all of that has continued,” he said. “We have defended them consistently in every imaginable way. But I also believe that both for our national interests and Israel’s national interests that allowing an ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians that could get worse and worse over time is a problem. And that settlements contribute. They’re not the sole reason for it, but they’re a contributing factor to the inability to solve that problem.”  NewsMax

U.S. House Of Representatives Votes To Condemn UN For Resolution 2334 On Israeli

Good job!

(2) the House of Representatives opposes United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 and will work to strengthen the United States-Israel relationship, and calls for United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 to be repealed or fundamentally altered so that—

(A) it is no longer one-sided and anti-Israel; and

(B) it allows all final status issues toward a two-state solution to be resolved through direct bilateral negotiations between the parties. Congress.gov

The House of Representatives passed a resolution on Thursday repudiating both the United Nations Security Council for voting to condemn Israel over its settlement activity and the Obama administration for allowing the measure to pass.

The House resolution had bipartisan support, with 342 members voting in favor of it. Eighty lawmakers did not back the measure, 76 of whom were Democrats, and four only voted “present.” A majority of Democrats, 109, voted for the resolution, and all but four Republicans supported it.

The motion, House Resolution 11, was introduced by Reps. Ed Royce (R., Calif.) and Eliot Engel (D., N.Y.), the chairman and ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, respectively.

The measure was a response to U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334, which passed the international body last month and condemned Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The United States could have prevented its passage by utilizing its veto power as a permanent member of the Security Council, but instead abstained from the vote, allowing the resolution to pass unanimously. The Obama administration’s abstention broke with decades of U.S. policy to defend the Jewish state at the U.N. from what critics have called anti-Israel measures.

“This government, our government, abandoned our ally Israel when she needed us the most,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) said on the House floor. “These types of one-sided efforts are designed to isolate and delegitimize Israel. They do not advance peace. They make it more elusive.”  Free Beacon

US Defund UN And Withdraw From It

Update:  Congress warning to UN.

Congress is already setting the stage to cut off U.S. funding to the United Nations in the wake of a contested vote last week in which the Obama administration permitted an anti-Israel resolution to win overwhelming approval, according to congressional leaders, who told the Washington Free Beacon that the current administration is already plotting to take further action against the Jewish state before vacating office.

Other punitive actions by Congress could include expelling Palestinian diplomats from U.S. soil and scaling back ties with foreign nations that voted in favor of the controversial measure, according to multiple sources who spoke to the Free Beacon about the situation both on and off the record.

The Obama administration is still under bipartisan attack for its decision to help craft and facilitate the passage of a U.N. resolution condemning the construction of Jewish homes in Jerusalem, a move that reversed years of U.S. policy on the matter.  Free Beacon

After the UN Security Council vote against Israel, there have some calling for the US to stop funding the UN and also withdraw from the UN.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) vowed Saturday to not allow the U.S. to give money to the United Nations until it reversed its Friday decision forcing an end to Israeli settlements.

Cruz tweeted that he spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, adding, “No US $ for UN until reversed.”

Cruz’s tweet echoes the sentiments of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who said Saturday he would propose halting U.S. funding to the U.N. as well.

“It’s that important to me,” Graham told CNN. “This is a road we haven’t gone down before. If you can’t show the American people that international organizations can be more responsible, there is going to be a break. And I am going to lead that break.”

The U.N. voted 14-0 Friday to stop Israel settlements in areas of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. President Obama authorized the U.S. to abstain from voting on the measure,

drawing backlash over the decision to break from the longstanding U.S. policy of shielding Israel from U.N. reproaches. The Hill

What do we get for our $3 billion a year?

The United States pays 22% of the total UN budget. What we get for our $3 billion a year is a corrupt organization whose dysfunctional and hostile agencies are united in opposing us around the world.

The United Nations does only two things consistently and effectively: waste money and bash Israel. Sometimes it manages to do both at the same time…

Here’s what we get for our $3 billion.

UNRWA schools are turning out students who want to fight for ISIS.  The UN’s email system has been used to distribute child pornography. UN staff members have smuggled drugs, attacked each other with knives and pool cues, not to mention a tractor. This month the UN marked Anti-Corruption Day despite refusing to fight its own corruption. The former President of the UN General Assembly was arrested on bribery charges last year. He had also headed UNICEF’s executive board. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is battling accusations of bribery.

Some of this might be defensible if the UN did anything useful. It doesn’t. It’s just a slush fund for redistributing our money to a vast UN bureaucracy and anyone willing to bribe it for benefits. Read full Daniel Greenfield article at Truth Revolt

 

UN’s Resolution 2334 Against Israel

Update to the previous article on the UN Resolution 2334

The Security Council vote on Resolution 2334, orchestrated by Barack Obama, stabbed Israel in the back.  It also ” blankets Israel as the sole perpetrator of international lawlessness overlooking ongoing Palestinian belligerency save for asking the PA to confront those engaging in terror as if those engaging in terror had nothing to do with the Palestinian Authority and their incitement to and glorification of Palestinian terrorism against Israel.” Canada Free Press

Vice President Biden

Sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon described Biden as personally lobbying in favor of the resolution, which comports with claims by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that “the Obama administration initiated it, stood behind it, coordinated on the wording and demanded that it be passed.”

“Biden lobbied Ukraine and of course administration officials are too cowardly to admit it,” said a senior pro-Israel official who is working with Congressional offices on responding to the resolution. “With everything that’s going on involving Russia, Iran, and Syria, this is how the Obama administration choose to spend its precious diplomatic capital. They decided to twist arms and trade favors for a resolution that cuts off Jews from Jerusalem, a city that is Israel’s capital city according to American law.” FreeBeacon

UK Prime Minister Theresa May

The British secretly worked the Palestinians and urged New Zealand to move ahead with the resolution, and a call from Netanyahu to Putin triggered a real drama at the UN HQ just one hour before the vote. Haaretz

It demands an end to all settlement activity and designates all the land that Israel captured from Jordan in the 1967 war, which includes the Temple Mount and the Western Wall, as “occupied Palestinian territory.”

When the United Nations Security Council calls the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem with its synagogues, yeshivot, Jewish population and businesses, the Jewish Temple Mount and the Western Wall and all its antiquities, and the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, the Hadassah Hospital and other profoundly Jewish/Israeli institutions and heritage as “Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem” it is a surrender that no Israeli government or any caring Jew are prepared to accept. Canada Free Press

Continue reading “UN’s Resolution 2334 Against Israel”

2016 UN Security Council Resolution Against Israeli

Update:  UN’s Resolution 2334 Against Israel

Egyptian draft resolution submitted to the UN Security Council:

Reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace;

Reiterates its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and that it fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard;

Underlines that it will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations;
Read full text of  Egyptian draft resolution submitted to the UN Security Council

This is saying Israel has no claim in East Jerusalem. Jerusalem is one unified city – east and west.  Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.  The holiest place in Judaism and predates Islam by 1,500 years.  It is central to Judaism and Zionism.  The only reason Muslim are interested in Jerusalem is because of the Jews care about Jerusalem.

Egypt 

This resolution was first introduced by Egypt in coordination with the Palestinians.

On Thursday Egypt withdrew the resolution and it was postponed “potentially indefinitely” in response to a request by Egyptian President Abdel el-Sisi.

The United Nations Security Council vote on a draft resolution calling for an end to Jewish construction in all areas desired by the Palestinian Authority for its hoped-for state – and in fact, calling for an end to all Jewish communities in those areas – has been postponed. JewishPress

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi discussed the issue in a phone call with Mr Trump, Mr Sisi’s office said.

In a statement, it said the two men had agreed on “the importance of giving a chance for the new American administration to deal in a comprehensive way with the different aspects of the Palestinian issue”.  BBC

President-elect Donald Trump:  “As the United States has long maintained, peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations,” Trump said in a written statement.

“This puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis,” he said.  USAToday

Obama Administration

The Obama administration pushed for the vote.

New Zealand, Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela — who stepped in to push for action after Egypt put the draft resolution on hold. AFP

Security Council Resolution Vote

US abstained and allowed UN Condemnation of Israel.  The Obama administration did not use its veto to protect the United States closest Mideast ally.

An Israeli official on Friday   “President Obama and Secretary Kerry are behind this shameful move against Israel at the U.N.,” the official said. “The U.S administration secretly cooked up with the Palestinians an extreme anti-Israeli resolution behind Israel’s back which would be a tail wind for terror and boycotts and effectively make the Western Wall occupied Palestinian territory,” he said calling it “an abandonment of Israel which breaks decades of US policy of protecting Israel at the UN.”  WAPO

The UN Security Council passed a controversial anti-settlement resolution that would condemn Israel building in occupied territories.

The US abstained in the vote on the resolution — approved by 14 of the council’s 15 members and first introduced by Egypt in coordination with the Palestinians — which calls Israeli “settlement building” in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank a “flagrant violation under international law.”

A veto by the US — or any of the five permanent council members — would have killed it. NYPost

Responses to UN’s despicable resolution:

Israel has suspended its multimillion dollar contribution to a number of United Nations bodies and is reevaluating its relationship with the organization, after the UN Security Council passed a resolution on Israeli settlement construction.

“I instructed the Foreign Ministry to complete within a month a re-evaluation of all our contacts with the United Nations, including the Israeli funding of UN institutions and the presence of UN representatives in Israel,” Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said on Saturday while addressing the nation.

“I have already instructed to stop about 30 million shekels ($7.8 million) in funding to five UN institutions, five bodies, that are especially hostile to Israel … and there is more to come,” he added without offering any further details. RT