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The UN Invents Palestine, Again

" "We now have a state!"  Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestine Authority (PA) (1)

The Arab State of Palestine, proposed by the UN in 1947,  has existed in the hearts and minds of  Palestinian Arabs ever since, and  the UN affirmed its existence just last week by voting  138-9 to recognize the PA as a "non-member state" of  the body.  In an age of virtual schools, "cloud computing" and various entities that exist only in cyberspace,  why not a state that exists on paper, at the UN  and in the collective consciousness of its citizens, but not on earth?

The inconvenient truth is that the PA has only partial authority in part of the West Bank and no power at all in Gaza.  The UN vote did not free a single Palestinian prisoner, remove one Jewish settler from the West Bank  or transfer one square foot of land   to PA control.  But here is what it did to the parties to the conflict:

The Palestine Authority has been receiving about $900 million per year from the United States government and another $1.2 billion in tax-transfer payments from Israel.  Israel announced yesterday that the transfer payments have been suspended, and  it is questionable if Congress will support continued foreign aid to the PA. especially at a time when the US budget faces big cuts.   It is far from clear that Abbas can replace  this  $2.1 billion  per year from other sources, even if the UN supports the PA  with words.  Since the resolution approved by the UN declares that Israel  exists only within the "pre-1967 borders", the PA will  be  loathe to compromise even one square inch, if negotiations with Israel ever resume.  

Israel had agreed in the Oslo Accords not to take any unilateral action that would  change the status of the land  sought by the Palestinians for their new state.  But  when  the PA went to the UN seeking  the status of a non-member state, it relieved Israel of any obligation to abstain from unilateral  actions, such as annexation of territory.   Israel has already approved over 3,500  housing units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since the UN vote, and there is no disincentive to approve more.  For the Israelis, Oslo is just a city in Norway now.

The United States, joined only by Canada, Panama, Israel , the Czech Republic  and  four  tiny nations (2)  stood by Israel on this vote  isolated from  its usual allies in Europe, South America and Asia.  (Only the US veto in the Security Council prevents the PA from becoming a full member of the United Nations.)  Instead of  American leadership in the international community, we saw American isolation.  Although the vote was cast by Ambassador Susan Rice,  the decision was clearly made by President Barack Obama, who has been lambasted as "anti-Israel"  for four long years by  Jewish conservative pundits.  Will they now admit that sometimes Obama  stands with Israel, even in the face of  enormous international opposition?  Don't hold your breath!

Gerald S Glazer

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(1) Associated Press, December 3, 2012.

(2) Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru and Palau. 

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solitarius | Dec. 5, 2012 at 11:10 p.m. (report)

There is a good test of whether Obama supports Israel or not. The Arabs are going to the UN Security Council to ask it to condemn Israel for building housing in its own capital that they claim is theirs. This is significant issue because the UN Security Council as opposed to the General Assembly actually has international legal power.

So if Obama votes against the Arab proposal I will agree that Obama is pro-Israel. However, if Obama votes for the Arabs or abstains thereby allowing it to pass anyway, then Mr Glazer will be hard pressed to continue to defend Obama.

This will be a very good test on a real issue.

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solitarius | Dec. 4, 2012 at 9:34 p.m. (report)

Here is proof Obama's handling of this UN vote proves he is anti-Israel.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/162825

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InTheView | Dec. 3, 2012 at 4:32 p.m. (report)

Do they have a screening process before letting any old washed up hack write blogs for this site? Please Mr. Glazer, connect with reality before it's too late.

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solitarius | Dec. 3, 2012 at 11:38 a.m. (report)

First of all Mr Glazer is incorrect when he wrote "The Arab State of Palestine, proposed by the UN in 1947, has existed in the hearts and minds of Palestinain Arabs ever since". There is absolutely no evidence for this. The Palestinian Arabs never asked for a state ns any organized or pubolic way until the formation of the PLO, Palestine Liberation Organization, in 1964. Arabs controlled all of the West Bank and Gaza including all of Jerusalem from 1948 to 1967, yet they never asked anyone for a state. In fact at that time the Arabs of Palestine, as well as the entire Middle East, favored one Arab state that included all of the Middle East as proposed by Nasar of Egypt and which has been the objective of Arab Muslims for 1400 years. Even the founding document, i.e. the Charter of the PLO, published in 1964, specifically wrote in Article 24 that they did not consider or want the West Bank or Gaza as part of their state or territory.

Secondly, the fact that Obama did not vote for the UN vote in favor of the Palestinian Arabs, did not indicate Obama was pro-Israel, just that he is not pro-Palestinian Arab. More accurately Obama felt that voting in favor this UN declaration he would lose more poltical capital lost in the USA in his own party, which is largely controlled by Jews, than any international positive by backing the Palestinian Arabs. In addition of course, the action by the Palestinian Arabs is totally counter to 100% of the agreements the Arabs signed with Israel and organized by the USA. All of these agrements, including Oslo stated that only direct negotiation between the parties will be the method of getting to peace. Therefore, voting for this UN declaration woud counter all agreements concerning this issue made by the USA. Furthemore as Mr Glazer noted, this UN vote is meaningless. So if it is meaningless, and it is, then it has not negative effect on Israel as opposed to the anti-Israei actons noted below.

Proof of Obama's anti-Israel sentiments was that he and his Secretary of State very recently condemned Israel for announcing plans to build housing for 3000 in its own capital for its own citizens. This decision by Obama is far more real and far more detrimental to Israel than a meaningless vote at the UN.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/162722

Mr Glazer seems to not be able to seprate politics from reality.

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