Israel is a very tiny country surrounded by 22 Arab nations. With the exception of maybe a couple, these surrounding Arab countries wish there wasn’t a country called Israel. Most of these countries hate the Jewish State. As we like to say while on tour, Israel lives in a “very nice house in a very lousy neighborhood.” All Israel wants for herself is peace with her neighbors. Regrettably, because of the bias media against Israel, most of the world simply don’t believe this. But this in itself is quite a daily challenge when your “neighbors” (e.g. Palestinian Authority, Hamas) want nothing less than to see the complete end of a Jewish nation. They want nothing less than Israel to be pushed out into the Mediterranean Sea for good. What makes it even more challenging for Israel is an world organization called the United Nations (UN).
It has now been about a week since what I would personally call the horrendous Anti-Israel UN Resolution 2334 deeming Israeli settlements are illegal and all the land beyond the so-called Green Line as illegal as well. This would even include the Western Wall within the Old City of Jerusalem.
Given their long-standing animosity towards the Jewish State, the UN’s actions were predictable (more on this below). Regrettably however, so was the action (or should we say non-action) of the U.S. Administration. Abstaining from vetoing this UN Resolution, Obama’s true bias against Israel was revealed loud and clear. Interestingly, according to the US State Department’s definition of “anti-Semitism” (“demonizing Israel, double standard against Israel, and a delegitimizing of Israel” – see HERE), this would make this Administration anti-Semitic! Yet I am thankful to God for the bi-partisan strong and non-anti-Semitic voice against the actions of our President and against this resolution!
Make no argument about it – this UN Resolution was not about so-called settlement activity of the Israelis. Rather, it was all about delegitimizing Israel’s right to the land and her right and need to protect herself amidst the neighborhood of nations who deny Israel’s right to even exist. This especially includes the Palestinian Authority leadership led by Fatah terrorist Mahmoud Abbas (historically, the two branches of Palestinian terrorism in the region are Hamas and Fatah). According to ex-Palestinian terrorist and now Christian believer Walid Shoebat, Abbas says words of peace in English for all the world to hear. However, but in Arabic he honors and praises terrorists who kill Jews. Abbas also condones Palestinian education that teaches some Arab children to hate Jews. Additionally, he calls for the total destruction of Israel by driving them into the sea.
Many do not know that Israel’s border with the so-called West Bank or Territories at the heart of the middle of the country (called the Sharon District) is only 9 miles wide. That’s right, that is the distance between the Mediterranean Sea and the Palestinian city of Kalkilya. In between lie the Jewish cities of Kfar Saba, Ra’anana and Herzliya. Looking at a map of the region and the 1967 West Bank line, it becomes quite clear how limited Israel is for growth, especially in the Hill Country of Judah.
So how does the UN go about demanding Israel to not build or expand so-called settlements in any area of the West Bank? They simply pass a resolution co-signed by other countries who oppose Israel. A dozen countries consented with the resolution, while the U.S. abstained from the vote.
In the words of Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, explained that there has been a history of the United Nations ganging up on Israel but normally the United States would defend Israel. But this time Obama’s administration was behind the attack. Dermer stated, “What is new is that the United States did not stand up and oppose that gang-up. And what is outrageous is that the United States was actually behind that gang-up.” He further went on to say that Israel has “clear evidence of it and we will present that evidence to the new administration through the appropriate channels.” (stay tuned about this!)
Dermer went on to share what this UN Resolution 2334 will do:
- It gives the Palestinians ammunition to wage a diplomatic war against Israel with the world’s support instead of negotiating peace with Israel. The Palestinians clearly would rather do diplomatic end-runs, thus avoiding the bargaining table and seeking instead to internationalize the conflict.
- This allows the Palestinians to blame Israel on the lack of peace (even though their Charter calls for the annihilation of Israel).
- The pre-1967 border lines must now be observed. This means places like the Western Wall, the most holy Jewish site in the world, is on illegal land now. This means biblical places like Hebron, Bethlehem, Shechem (Nablus today) are also outside the so-called border and thus are on illegal land.
- It will lead to the lack of peace instead of furthering the potential for peace. Why? Because it removes any incentive for the Palestinian Authority towards peace with Israel. This is tragic for both peace-loving Israelis and Palestinians.
And now to see that this current Administration abstained from the vote (and even may have helped propose the resolution, but we’ll have to wait to see if this is true or not) is sickening.
In the aftermath of the resolution, Secretary of State John Kerry took the liberty to share remarks. Once again, he proved himself to be one of the worst person to hold the office. It is important to give careful analysis of what he shared. Mark Levin describes the Kerry speech perfectly,
“John Kerry just delivered the most outrageous speech of any top American official in modern times. As if a special pleader for the Palestinians, his speech was an exposition in propaganda. He distorted history, cherry-picked facts, selectively used quotes by other political figures, gave a completely dishonest portrayal of Israeli society and policies, omitted endless examples of Israeli restraint in the face of endless examples of Palestinian terrorism and threats of war by surrounding regimes, and on and on. Not once did he bother to provide the full pre-1967 history of the region, including the Palestinian involvement with the Nazis; moreover, not a word about the PLO, the 1967 war, the 1973 war, etc.
Indeed, Kerry repeatedly positioned the Israeli government as controlled by extremists and their defensive efforts to protect their citizenry as acts of aggression in an attempt to marginalize Benjamin Netanyahu. Of course, Kerry ignored the 5,000-year-old connection the Jews have to the land, which even the League of Nations recognized in its 1922 Mandate for Palestine.
Kerry and Obama have emboldened Israel’s enemies in unimaginable ways. They lit the match lighting up the Middle East, they facilitated Iran’s nuclear program with billions of dollars, and now they seek Israel’s effective demise — a long-time Obama infatuation well before his ascendency to the presidency. ” (Conservative Review, December 28, 2016)
Andrew McCarthy added these his thoughts about the Kerry speech as well,
“Kerry did not mention that Jordan was never subjected to international pressure to grant the Palestinians their own state during the 19 years that Jordan occupied Judea, Samaria, and East Jerusalem; nor did he acknowledge that the Palestinians would long ago have had their own state if they had recognized Israel’s right to exist and abandoned jihadist terror. Leaving all that aside, Kerry accused the Israeli government of undermining any hope of a two-state solution.) (National Review, December, 28, 2016)
As I wrote above, this UN resolution is not about Jewish settlements being built on disputed land, but rather is about the delegitimizing Israel’s right to the land and her right and need to protect herself. Yet if… if this was only about settlements, from an International Law point of view, Daniel Horowitz contends that Israel actually has the right to build. He writes,
“The only binding resolution of international law, a resolution which has never been countermanded to this very day, is the July 1922 Mandate for Palestine. Adopted by the League of Nations, that resolution recognized the “historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country.” It called for the creation of a Jewish national homeland anywhere west of the Jordan River.” (Conservative Review, December 27, 2016)
Horowitz continues with a history lesson,
“The legality of the 1922 Mandate was adopted that same year by the U.S. Congress in H.J. Res. 360 and signed by President Warren Harding. The newly created Arab country of Jordan attacked Israel in 1948 seeking to annihilate its inhabitants and illegally occupied Judea and Samaria until 1967. That year, Israel won back the territory originally allocated for a Jewish State as part of the 1922 League of Nations agreement. There is no such thing as “’pre-67 borders.” They were merely 1949 armistice lines between Israel and neighboring countries after they launched an illegal war of extermination. It has nothing to do with the notion of a unique Arab “Palestinian” entity west of the Jordan River. There was never any internationally recognized legal sovereign occupying Judea and Samaria from the time the British Empire fell until 1967. Jordan’s occupation of the area west of the Jordan River was never recognized. To the extent there is an Arab Palestinian state it is the modern state of Jordan, which already sucked up 77% of the original Mandate of Palestine allocated for a Jewish State under the first plan of the Balfour Declaration.”
About the whole concept of the “West Bank” in today’s political discussion within the United Nations and around the world, Horowitz concludes, “In many respects, this is the biggest global fake news story of our time.” I fully concur! May I also add that from a Biblical point of view, the land has eternally been given to Israel. And the borders given to Abraham far exceed the present borders given to Israel by the United Nations.
Personally, I have always opposed a “two state” solution. I personally feel the Palestinians already have a State – and it’s called Jordan! About 70% of Palestinians today who live in the West Bank have Jordanian passports. Yet these west-bankers have been left as political pawns by the Arab world for one reason – to use them for political leverage against the legitimacy and rights of Israeli Jews. This really is a shame for true peace-seeking Arabs I know and love, those who want to simply live side-by-side with Israelis in peace and synergistic harmony.
Yes, the UN hate for Israel will continue. To the UN, Israel is the only occupying force in the world. The hate and bias against Israel is blatant. As stated by Eugene Kontorovich in a recent Wall Street Journal,
“According to our research, the U.N. uses an entirely different rhetoric and set of legal concepts when dealing with Israel compared with situations of occupation or settlements world-wide. For example, Israel is referred to as the “Occupying Power” 530 times in General Assembly resolutions. Yet in seven major instances of past or present prolonged military occupation—Indonesia in East Timor, Turkey in northern Cyprus, Russia in areas of Georgia, Morocco in Western Sahara, Vietnam in Cambodia, Armenia in areas of Azerbaijan, and Russia in Ukraine’s Crimea—the number is zero. The U.N. has not called any of these countries an “Occupying Power.” Not even once.” (Wall Street Journal, September 13, 2016)
The article continues,
“It gets worse. Since 1967, General Assembly resolutions have referred to Israeli-held territories as “occupied” 2,342 times, while the territories mentioned above are referred to as “occupied” a mere 16 times combined. The term appears in 90% of resolutions dealing with Israel, and only in 14% of the much smaller number of resolutions dealing with the all the other situations, a difference that vastly surpasses the threshold of statistical significance. Similarly, Security Council resolutions refer to the disputed territories in the Israeli-Arab conflict as “occupied” 31 times, but only a total of five times in reference to all seven other conflicts combined.
General Assembly resolutions employ the term “grave” to describe Israel’s actions 513 times, as opposed to 14 total for all the other conflicts, which involve the full gamut of human-rights abuses, including allegations of ethnic cleansing and torture. Verbs such as “condemn” and “deplore” are sprinkled into Israel-related resolutions tens more times than they are in resolutions about other conflicts, setting a unique tone of disdain.
Israel has been reminded by resolutions against it of the country’s obligations under the Geneva Conventions about 500 times since 1967—as opposed to two times for the other situations.”
“Our findings don’t merely quantify the U.N.’s double standard. The evidence shows that the organization’s claim to represent the interest of international justice is hollow, because the U.N. has no interest in battling injustice unless Israel is the country accused.“
Not surprisingly, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shared his own views on the UN Resolution. He was exact in his language as well,
“Citizens of Israel, I would like to reassure you. The resolution that was adopted yesterday at the United Nations is distorted and shameful but we will overcome it. The resolution determines that the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem is ‘occupied territory’. This is delusional. The resolution determines that the Western Wall is ‘occupied territory’. This too is delusional. I would like to tell you that the resolution that was adopted, not only doesn’t bring peace closer, it drives it further away. It hurts justice; it hurts the truth. Think about this absurdity, half a million human beings are being slaughtered in Syria. Tens of thousands are being butchered in Sudan. The entire Middle East is going up in flames and the Obama administration and the Security Council choose to gang up on the only democracy in the Middle East – the State of Israel. What a disgrace.But as it relates to Israel, don’t expect anything different. This is all good reason for the next US Congress & Administration to defund the UN, or simply leave it (I prefer the latter). But in all of this, remember that God and His greatness rises above the UN and all the world nations. It is God who ultimately is sovereign over all the nations.”
Despite all of these saddening and sickening developments, I invite you to pray for Israel and her citizens … all of them, Jews and Arabs alike (there are 1.5 million Arab Israeli citizens if you didn’t know). Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Also, pray for the Palestinians who want peace, those caught in the middle of the conflict, especially our brothers and sisters in Christ who are unjustly being treated by their own people. Pray for the UN. Pray also that this hate, injustice and anti-Semitism against Israel would end.
But also remember that God is greater than the United Nations! Remember and rejoice in these words from the Bible:
- “For the kingdom is the LORD’S And He rules over the nations.” (Psalm 22:28)
- “He rules by His might forever; His eyes keep watch on the nations; Let not the rebellious exalt themselves.” (Psalm 66:7)
- “Who has aroused one from the east Whom He calls in righteousness to His feet? He delivers up nations before him And subdues kings He makes them like dust with his sword, As the wind-driven chaff with his bow.” (Isaiah 41:2)