by Anne Bayefsky, Breitbart.com.
The UN made me do it. That’s how Obama officials are explaining Secretary Kerry’s intense efforts to move Israel onto the front burner, and shove over the bloody turmoil immediately affecting millions of Israel’s neighbors and the imminent catastrophe of an Iranian nuclear weapon.
Speaking to reporters on July 30, 2013, senior officials said the administration was seeking “to avoid a train wreck” at the United Nations. “Throughout the course of this year Palestinians have been making clear that if they couldn’t see progress on the peace front, their intention would be to seek other elevations of their status…at the UN.” “A new dynamic vis-à-vis the United Nations,” was driving the immediacy for renewed talks.
The comments mirror Secretary Kerry’s remarks in June: “the Palestinians have said that they will go to the UN and seek to join more UN organizations…And the Palestinians have also threatened to take their case to the International Criminal Court.”
Now Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has generously promised to delay those moves during the next 9 months of talks.
The claim that the United Nations – and more specifically, the Arab stranglehold over its output – is genuinely intimidating the President of the United States ought to ring major alarm bells for anyone under the impression that elected American representatives set American foreign policy.
So how true is it?
The new faux peace negotiations between Israel, and a Palestinian leader who doesn’t control the land or the people he purports to represent, follow months of hysterical pressure from UN quarters.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on June 3, 2013 in Washington: “We are approaching a point of no return in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…This may well be the last chance for the two-State solution.” And on June 18, 2013, Ban told a UN Palestinian committee meeting in Beijing: “I cannot stress enough the risk of missing the current window of opportunity.”
No doubt the UN’s goal has been to remove Arabs-murdering-Arabs from the top spot on newswires around the world and replace it with stories about Jews constructing apartment buildings.
But the UN noise-making has been neatly dovetailing with the noises coming from Secretary Kerry. Secretary Kerry told the Foreign Affairs Committee on April 17, 2013. “I believe the window for a two-state solution is shutting…We have…a year, a year and a half to two years—or it’s over.” And on June 3, 2013: “We’re running out of time…[I]f we do not succeed now, we may not get another chance.” Events, he said, “could literally slam the door on a two-state solution.”
As Kerry worked over Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, periodic announcements issued forth from the UN Secretary-General, such as: “We all need to support Secretary of State Kerry’s courageous initiative.”
From a UN perspective, the drumbeating makes perfect sense. Settled (and fatuous) UN policy has long been that “the Israeli-Palestinian conflict” lies at the heart of the failure to deliver world peace. And the nub of that conflict, as Ban Ki-moon repeated in June, was “the occupation, now nearing half a century.” …read more