Will this be Obama’s last “FU” to Trump and Netanyahu?
On December 25, 2016 in Haaretz, Netanyahu warned that additional international measures on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were possible before U.S. President Barack Obama steps down on January 20.
“The issue is still hot and this is not the end of it,” Netanyahu told the ministers before the weekly cabinet meeting, referring to Friday’s UN Security Council resolution censuring the Israeli settlements.
Netanyahu has claimed openly since that horrific Obama/Kerry debacle that according to information that reached Israel, there was no doubt that the Obama administration was behind the resolution, coordinated its wording and made sure it passed. He said it completely contradicted traditional U.S. policy against forcing conditions on Israel via the Security Council and explicit commitment from Obama in 2011 to that effect.
“OBJECTING TO UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2334”
House Resolution 11 (Draft excerpts read in entirety HERE)
January 5, 2017 (five-day response for revisions)
...Whereas on November 29, 2016, the House of Representatives unanimously passed House Concurrent Resolution 165, expressing the sense of Congress and reaffirming longstanding
United States policy in support of a direct bilaterally negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and opposition to United Nations Security Council resolutions imposing a solution to the conflict
...Whereas on December 23, 2016, the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations disregarded House Concurrent Resolution 165 and departed from longstanding United States policy by abstaining and permitting United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 to be adopted under Chapter VI of the United Nations Charter;
…Whereas the United States’ abstention on United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 contradicts the Oslo Accords and its associated process that is predicated on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict between the parties through direct negotiations;
...Whereas United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 claims 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”;
...Whereas passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 effectively lends legitimacy to efforts by the Palestinian Authority to impose its own solution through international organizations and through unjustified boycotts or divestment campaigns against Israel by calling “upon all States, bearing in mind paragraph 1 of this resolution, to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967”, and will require the United States and Israel to take effective action to counteract the potential harmful impact of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334;
...Whereas UNSCR 2334 did not directly call upon Palestinian leadership to fulfill their obligations toward negotiations or mention that part of the eventual Palestinian state is currently controlled by Hamas, a designated terrorist organization; and
…Whereas United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 both sought to impose or unduly influence solutions to final status issues, and is biased against Israel:
Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That —
(1) it is the sense of the House of Representatives that–
(A) the passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 undermined the long-standing position of the United States to oppose and veto United Nations Security Council resolutions that seek to impose solutions to final status issues, or are one-sided and anti-Israel, reversing decades of bipartisan agreement;
(B) the passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 undermines the prospect of Israelis and Palestinians resuming productive, direct negotiations;
(C) the passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 contributes to the politically motivated acts of boycott, divestment from, and sanctions against Israel and represents a concerted effort to extract concessions from Israel outside of direct negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, which must be actively rejected;…
What’s in store at Paris peace conference?
Jan. 3, 2017
…The prime minister’s office declined the invitation even before Paris confirmed the date, reiterating that Israel will only engage in direct negotiations with the Palestinians.
According to the French plan, a double-track approach made perfect sense, because the aim of the conference is to prepare a benefits package, which can be assembled without the two opposing sides being present. The idea behind the package is to entice the Israelis and Palestinians into eventually reopening negotiations.
Many Israelis agree with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his refusal to take part in the conference, but what exactly is the conference expected to produce? A declaration? A working plan? The basis for another Security Council resolution? It seems that much has been written about Netanyahu’s rejection, but little about the actual conference.
To clarify, Netanyahu did not turn down an invitation to the conference per se, but declined an invitation to meet in Paris with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas immediately after the gathering. The French had hoped that a double-track approach — first a conference and then a separate meeting between the Israelis and Palestinians to present them with the conference recommendations in a discrete setting and away from cameras — might convince the Israeli premier to participate. Alas, it did not work.
(Speculation is)…recommendations to the January conference will focus on communication from two different angles: better communicating to the two sides what the two-state solution means, including what life will be like absent such a solution, and connecting Israelis and Palestinians by proposing channels for dialogue.
Israeli diplomats who recently spoke to Al-Monitor are skeptical about the various incentives, claiming that most of the proposals resemble projects that are already in progress or are ideas that have been floated in the past.
Read the complete article HERE.
Was this meeting set up as an end run before Trump takes office?
I believe so. The UN and those who set up this meeting absolutely knew that President Trump’s inauguration has been posted as January 20th. They could not have missed the significance. Considering the firestorm created here and the direct disregard of Obama and Kerry of congressional mandates, this meeting has no business being held until later.
Considering the harm already done by Kerry and Obama on this, Congress needs to make clear that they will NOT be speaking for our country at this meeting. The summit should be held up until after Trump is sworn in and the new ambassador as well as the new Secretary of State have been confirmed and brought up to speed. Perhaps a new perspective from someone NOT pro-muslim would be better able to resolve this issue.
Like the report mentioned, we already have solid evidence that Israel has tried on numerous occasions to respond to the UN requests. Hamas and the PLO are actively working not for so much a Palestinian country as for the annihilation of Israel and the completion of an Islamic state encompassing many Muslim held countries as their manifesto and leaders have stated many times. We also know that the PLO has flatly refused to accept their offers even going so far as to destroy everything those in Israel left behind in the last efforts.
I can understand why Netanyahu only wants to talk directly to the main group speaking for the Palestinian people. (Although at this point, I can’t figure out just who that is. So many names yet no governing entity specifically.)
Frankly the way I see it, the UN has done as much harm in the region as that done by the US in the last twenty years and more specifically the last eight years.
It is time for a change in how the UN is handled!