Tuesday, March 28, 2017

US defends Israel. UN fights back

(This is part three of three related essays)

On January 24, 2017, US South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was confirmed by the US Senate to be US Ambassador to the United Nations (Joy Bernard, "Nikki Haley secures Senate confirmation, officially becomes US Ambassador to the UN", jerusalempost, January 25, 2017). At her confirmation hearing, she stated she supported Israel (ibid).

Two weeks later, on February 10th, the world got to see what Haley meant by that declaration. She nixed the appointment of a Palestinian to a very high UN post (Somini Sengupta, "USA blocks Palestinian ex-Premier from senior UN post", nytimes, February 109, 2017). That move was seen as a definite “signal" that the US intended to support Israel (ibid). [Haley has more recently elaborated on what she had meant to convey with that ‘block’. At an AIPAC Convention held March 27, 2017, she explained that she had blocked the UN attempt to install a Palestinian Authority (PA) official to represent the UN because, she stated, there will be ‘no freebies’ to the PA until it sits down with Israel and begins ‘serious negotiations’ for peace (David Gerstman, “Haley puts UN on notice: ‘the days of Israel-bashing are over’”, legalinsurrection, March 27, 2017)].

Six days after blocking the PA official from assuming an important UN post, Haley went further. On February 16, 2017, immediately after her first experience sitting in on a UN Security Council meeting, she stood before the press and said:

The Security Council is supposed to discuss how to maintain international peace and security. But at our meeting on the Middle East [today], the discussion was not about Hizballah's illlegal build-up of rockets in Lebanon. It was not about the money and weapons Iran provides to terrorists. It was not about how we defeat ISIS. It was not about how we hold Bashar al-Asaad accountable for the slaughter of hundreds and thousands of civilians. No, instead, the meeting focused on criticizing Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East.

I am new around here, but I understand that’s how the Council has operated, month after month, for decades.

I’m here to say the United States will not turn a blind eye to this anymore...I'm here to emphasize the united states (sic) is determined to stand up to the UN's anti-Israel bias (Nikki Haley, "Press conference after attending first UN Security Council Consultations meeting on the Middle East", americanrhetoric, February 16, 2017).

Well, it appears that the Muslim-driven UN was offended by such talk. Apparently, it’s decided it will not back away from its Israel-bashing. Instead, it's done the opposite: it's taken Israel-bashing to a new level.

As a result, more people at the UN are now offended. But this time, it’s not a bunch of tin-pot dictators who rule non-free countries who’ve been offended. Now, it’s the US and UK who are offended.

Look at what’s happened at the UN since the end of February, 2017. First, the Muslim-driven UN offended the US by publishing a Report that labelled Israel as Apartheid, something no UN body has ever done ("US condemns UN report accusing Israel of establishing 'Apartheid regime'", dw, March 16, 2017). The US condemned that outrage with 'harshest terms'.

Then the Muslim-driven UN Security Council (UNSC) offended the US. It used precious time during a closed-door session March 24th to bash Israel yet again (Paul Mirengofrf, " Trump administration strongly backs Israel at UN", powerline, March 27, 2017). The US spoke out against that, too (ibid).

Finally, the UN offended both the US and the UK. At a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on March 24th,  the UNHRC used its agenda to condemn Israel more times than anyone else at the UN ("After UNHRC adopts 5 anti-Israel resolutions, UK vows to oppose all future such moves", timesofisrael, March 27, 2017). The UK objected. It took exception to such a one-sided attack against a democracy when, in fact, there were so many dictators at the UN who abuse their own citizens' human rights with, often, unspeakable violence.

Will the Muslim-driven UN bashing of the Jewish Israel end because powerful Western democracies object to the bashing of the Middle East’s only democracy? Don't bet on it.

This diplomat back-and-forth at the UN is no simple dust-up. It's a clash of civilizations. It's part of an existential world war against an aggressive Islamization offensive that has the Jewish Israel right in the middle. 

Stay tuned. There's more to come. 

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