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Israel Should Submit Its Own Resolution to the UN

(Photo: wikicommons/ Patrick Gruban)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Patrick Gruban)

The Palestinians submitted a draft to the United Nations Security Council today that calls for a 12-month deadline for a peace deal and set 2017 as the deadline for a complete Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and East Jerusalem. In light of this resolution, Dr. Emmanuel Navon writes that Israel should submit its own U.N. draft demanding that the Palestinians drop their “right of return” and that the UNRWA be disbanded:

Rather than lobbying the United States to veto the PLO resolution, and rather than trying to convince France to drop its own supposedly more benign draft, Israel should submit its own resolution to the UNSC.

The Israeli resolution would demand a Palestinian renunciation of the so-called “right of return” and a UN commitment to dismantle the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) within two years. This way, UNSC members would have to vote on two resolutions: one that demands an unconditional and total Israeli withdrawal (the PLO proposal), and one that demands an unconditional and total end to the cynical perpetuation of the Palestinian refugee problem (the Israeli proposal). UNSC members that claim to support the two-state solution will then have to explain why they are willing to impose one ingredient of that solution (i.e. ending Israel’s partial control of the West Bank) but not the other (i.e. ending the Palestinian claim, clearly incompatible with the two-state solution, that six million Arab “refugees” should be granted the option of becoming residents and citizens of Israel).

The PLO’s refusal to end all claims against Israel (including the claim that the descendants of the 1948 refugees should have a “right of return” to Israel) is the reason Yasser Arafat rejected the December 2000 Clinton proposal (which would have granted the Palestinian state 96% of the West Bank) and the reason Abbas rejected the September 2008 Olmert proposal (which would have granted the Palestinian state 99% of the West Bank, after land swaps). Abbas admittedly has said that he does not intend…

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Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 8:45 AM  | Stand For Israel

Business As Usual with UNRWA

(Photo: flickr/ imagenenaccion)

(Photo: flickr/ imagenenaccion)

Last week, Stand for Israel looked at the (sadly) unsurprising links between Hamas and the United Nations’ UNRWA agency. Now former U.S. national security adviser Elliott Abrams looks at the United States’ responsibility to investigate and fix these ties between the U.N. and the Gaza-based terror organization:

This month the Department of State published its “Framework for Cooperation Between the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East and the Government of the United States of America for 2015″ …

The Framework might as well be legally binding, for all the reforms it demands of UNRWA.

What reforms might one seek?

Think about the discoveries of last summer, during the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas.  July 17: 20 rockets found in a vacant UNRWA school. July 22: more rockets found in another UNRWA school. July 30: rockets found in an UNRWA school for the third time. Nor was that all. In the first case, it seems that Hamas was called upon to remove the rockets, which suggested that UNRWA was turning them back over to Hamas rather than seizing them or asking the UN for help. In the 2012 employee union elections, 25 of 27 seats apparently went to Hamas supporters. (This may make it slightly less mysterious why Hamas can hide rockets at UNRWA locations. And here is a more recent report of support for terrorism by UNRWA staff.) Finally, there was this moment during last summer’s war: “Three IDF soldiers were killed on Wednesday in Gaza in an explosion at a booby-trapped UNRWA health clinic that housed the opening of a tunnel….”

Here are some ideas for those regular bilateral consultations in 2015: No more business as usual. Thorough, independent investigations of each rocket incident. An investigation of the health clinic incident. An investigation of the influence of Hamas on UNRWA staff, and through that staff and its union on UNRWA schools and…

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 at 8:34 AM  | Stand For Israel

Why UNRWA Perpetuates the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

(Photo: UNRWA)

(Photo: UNRWA)

Throughout Operation Protective Edge, Stand for Israel reported the disturbing trend of terrorist rockets being kept in United Nations-run schools. As of late, explanations have arisen for this trend. Commentary’s Seth Mandel looks at why it’s not surprising that the U.N.’s UNRWA agency would be aligned with Hamas:

Over the course of last summer’s war between Hamas in Gaza and the Israel Defense Forces, this meant propagating the idea that it was in any way shocking when the terrorist organization’s weapons–stockpiled for the express purpose of killing Jews in a maniacal, genocidal campaign–turned up, repeatedly, at schools run by UNRWA: the UN agency dedicated to keeping Palestinians living like refugees in perpetuity. So now it’s unclear precisely how to react to a raft of stories demonstrating the reason it wasn’t surprising to find Hamas weapons in UNRWA schools: because UNRWA teachers and principles share Hamas’s violently anti-Semitic ideology …

The organization keeps Palestinians mired in desperation because they agree with the Hamas struggle to eliminate Israel. And the UNRWA schools are where they can exert the utmost control over Palestinian minds, shaping them to abhor the Jewish people and to value bigotry and terrorism over education and productive job training.

Promoting hate is not incidental to UNRWA’s mission. It is UNRWA’s mission. This suggests it values neither Jewish life nor Palestinian life, and it certainly doesn’t believe Palestinians are entitled to a dignified existence. Why would Hamas weapons show up at an UNRWA school? Why wouldn’t they show up there? Where else would be more appropriate?

In such a case, it’s clear that UNRWA’s noxious participation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is itself an impediment to peace. And not a minor one, either.

As long as UNRWA is treated as a legitimate participant this process–and loads of American cash says they indeed are–then the perspective they impart on young Palestinian minds will also be seen as legitimate. And that means terror and anti-Semitism will be subsidized and promoted as an acceptable path to a resolution. Which means they will…

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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 at 8:22 AM  | Stand For Israel

Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Lashes Out at Security Council for Silence on Terror Attacks

(Photo: wikicommons/ public1london)

(Photo: wikicommons/ public1london)

In the wake of yesterday’s two terror attacks in Israel, the Jewish state and all who stand with her mourn for those lost or injured. However, Israel’s envoy to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, lashed out at the U.N. Security Council for its silence in the wake of the attacks. The Jerusalem Post provides the text of Prosor’s letter to the council, calling its members out for their inaction on the recent events:

If recent events offer any indication, the Security Council will once again remain silent as Israel buries yet another victim of Palestinian terrorism.  Earlier today, a terrorist rammed his vehicle onto two crowded Jerusalem train platforms, killing Jedan Assad and injuring 14 others.  Shortly after the attack Hamas claimed responsibility, calling the perpetrator a ‘martyr’ and describing the attack as ‘a heroic operation.’

This is the most recent example of the violence that has come in the wake of inflammatory remarks made by the Palestinian leadership.  Two weeks ago, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on Palestinians to prevent Jews from visiting the Temple Mount using ‘all means’ necessary.  In response to this blatantly dangerous provocation, the Security Council did not utter a word.

Following Abbas’s incitement, hundreds of Arabs rioted in Jerusalem, on 23 October a terrorist deliberately drove full speed onto a Jerusalem train platform killing two people, and days later, Palestinian terrorist, Moataz Hijazi, shot Rabbi Yehuda Glick.  The Security Council continued to remain silent.

As Rabbi Yehuda Glick lay in a coma, fighting for his life, President Abbas saw fit to write a condolence letter to the family of the would-be murderer.  In the letter he describes Israeli security forces as ‘terrorists’ and glorified Hijazi as a ‘martyr.’  President Abbas is sanctioning and celebrating murder and Israelis are paying with their lives.  Still nothing from the Security Council.

I write to you today with the full expectation that the Council will continue adhering to its vow of silence. Should the Council revise its policy and deem it appropriate to…

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Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 8:17 AM  | Stand For Israel

Iran Not Cooperating with U.N. Nuclear Probe

(Photo: flickr/IAEA)

(Photo: flickr/IAEA)

Even while Israel has come under attack from closer enemies, we have kept you updated on the nuclear threat posed by Iran. And as the deadline for a nuclear deal with the Iranians nears, Yediot Achronot now reports that the United Nations has realized Iran has not been transparent with its nuclear investigators:

Iran has still not implemented all the nuclear transparency measures it had agreed to carry out by late August, the head of the UN atomic energy agency said on Monday, suggesting little headway in an inquiry into suspected bomb research.

Western officials say Iran must cooperate more with United Nations nuclear sleuths if it wants to settle a protracted dispute with six world powers over its nuclear program and be rid of crippling financial sanctions.

Nearly two months after an Aug. 25 deadline for answering questions about alleged activity that might be used to develop atomic arms, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) made clear that Iran had not yet fully done so.

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Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 2:48 PM  | Stand for Israel

UNRWA’s Anti-Semitism and U.N.’s Anti-Israel Bias

(Photo: ASHERNET/GPO/Haim Zach)

(Photo: ASHERNET/GPO/Haim Zach)

In yesterday’s Daily Dispatch, we reported that the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited Gaza, even witnessing Hamas’ terror tunnels. Yet Ban’s visit didn’t seem to make much of an impression, as The Algemeiner reports that he blames Israel for the war, and that the UNRWA has even published anti-Semitic text on its website:

Investigative pro-Israel blogger, Elder of Ziyon, on Monday uncovered a report, in Arabic, posted on the the United Nations Refugee Works Agency (UNRWA) website, that accuses Jews of supporting “social corruption.”

Entitled, “The Historical Development of Human Rights Throughout History,” the document purports to be a summary of human rights policies held by a number of civilizations over the ages …

But soon enough, the anti-Semitic and anti-Israel stereotypes kick in.

“But if we look around us at communities supposedly protecting human rights and at well-known oases of democracy we do not see [human rights] but instead charges that the victim was a terrorist or supporter of terrorism, and also pornography justified freely as rights. We see monopoly and fraud justified by the right of ownership and earnings in any form (Mokbel: 2005: 5) All of this happened as a result of distortion and misinformation by the Jewish clergy. The Jews in the sixth and seventh centuries promoted social corruption (1981: 39), and the claim that they are God’s chosen people demonstrates that the Jews did not know anything about human rights,” the author claimed.

In a related development, both the Bnai-Brith and the Anti Defamation League on Tuesday criticized recent remarks by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon holding Israel almost exclusively responsible for the summer’s clashes with Hamas in Gaza.

Ban, speaking at a Gaza reconstruction conference in Cairo on Sunday, and in Ramallah a day later, said Israel was at fault for “a restrictive occupation that has lasted almost half a century, the continued denial of Palestinian rights and the lack of tangible progress in peace negotiations.”‎

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 8:40 AM  | Stand For Israel

Palestinians Still Won’t Negotiate

(Photo: wikicommons/ Peter Fedynsky)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Peter Fedynsky)

While the meeting yesterday between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu was marred by the White House’s reaction to Israel’s declaration to build in East Jerusalem, it was also marred by the actions of Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas. Right before the Obama-Netanyahu meeting, Abbas submitted his latest U.N. proposal for Palestinian statehood. Writing at Commentary, Tom Wilson says that while the proposal’s demands are ridiculous, it is even more ridiculous that Abbas expects these demands to be met before he’ll even negotiate:

The draft of the Palestinian proposal, submitted just as Prime Minister Netanyahu was about to step into the Oval Office for a meeting with President Obama, seeks to win UN Security Council backing for a deadline that would force Israel to cede the West Bank by November 2016. But that is not all. The petition also gives an extensive rundown of what the final settlement must look like. In addition to the total Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and Jerusalem being turned into the Palestinian capital, the resolution also calls for a complete end to all Israeli military activity in the territories, an end to any Israeli settlement construction, an opening of all Gaza’s borders, and the deployment of an international force throughout the disputed territories–for the protection of Palestinian civilians, of course. Naturally the resolution draft also calls for a just settlement of Palestinian refugees, which is code for Israel being obliged to allow several million Arabs claiming Palestinian descent to relocate to the Jewish state.

Now, you can think these demands are reasonable or you can think that they are not. But what is undeniable is that it is ridiculous for Abbas to have essentially made meeting all his demands the precondition for his participation in any further peace talks. What kind of negotiation is it that can only begin once all of the outcomes have already been decided? In effect what the Palestinians have said is that there will…

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 8:47 AM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu: Sounding the Alarm While Sounding Optimistic

(Photo: ASHERNET)

(Photo: ASHERNET)

Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the U.N. General Assembly had a number of key points, two of which I will mention here. First, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, and Iran – all Israel’s enemies – are born from the same ideology that drives ISIS and other al-Qaeda offshoots currently being fought by the West. Second, the 20-year-old template of peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) must be retired for now, since the P.A. has left no doubt that they are unready, uninterested, and unwilling to achieve peace with Israel.

The prime minister took an optimistic tone after ruling out peace talks with the Palestinians, however. In the face of radical forces threatening not only Israel but other Arab countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, the Jewish state, Netanyahu explained, should aim to foster relationships with these relatively moderate regimes. This, he argued, would serve as the necessary prerequisite for future peace talks with the Palestinians by creating an environment conducive to peace.

This formula of recognition as the first step towards Arab-Israeli peace goes in the opposite direction of all the peace proposals in the past twenty years, which have offered recognition of Israel by its Arab neighbors as a reward to Israel once a Palestinian state is achieved.

In fact, it’s Palestinian rejectionism that has blocked Palestinian statehood. So it makes perfect sense that Arab recognition of Israel would only help moderate the P.A., which has always used Israel’s pariah status to get everything they want without making the necessary concessions for peace. This new formula sounds reasonable – Arab recognition of Israel could have a moderating effect on Palestinian positions.

However, the elephant in the room is still Iran, which Netanyahu emphatically tried to expose and shed light on in his address. If Iran’s nuclear program is not thoroughly destroyed, any chance of peace between Israel and its neighbors will be extinguished.

Addressing the threat of radical Islam, Netanyahu warned the West that defeating ISIS while leaving Iran’s nuclear program intact would be tantamount to…

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 9:05 AM  | Stand For Israel

Watch Now: Bibi to Address U.N.

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(Photo: instagram/ israelipm)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be addressing the United Nations shortly. To watch live, go here.

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Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 11:17 AM  | Stand For Israel

The United Nations: Purveyor of Anti-Semitism

Photo: UN General Assembly

(Photo: United Nations)

Yesterday Stand for Israel reported that Hamas has admitted to committing war crimes by launching rockets at Israel from heavily populated civilian areas, though the world pays little attention. Yet the United Nations still seems intent on pursuing war crimes against Israel, a nation forced to defend itself against these terrorists. Anne Bayefsky, an international law and human rights attorney and the director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, writes that the U.N. is a leading global purveyor of anti-Semitism and has launched a legal pogrom against the Jewish state:

One does not honor the memory of Jews murdered by intolerance six decades ago by inciting murderous intolerance towards the remnant of the Jewish people in the here and now.

Incitement to hate, like declaring Israel to be racist – as does the UN Durban Declaration – is the flagship of the UN’s racist anti-racism program of action. In theory, the UN Charter demands equality both of individual men and women and of nations large and small. In reality, the UN mass-produces inequality for Jews and the Jewish nation.

  • 35% of all resolutions and decisions ever adopted by the UN’s top human rights body – the Human Rights Council – that are critical of the rights records of specific states condemn one state: Israel. That is antisemitism.
  • 50% of the emergency special sessions of the General Assembly over six decades were convened to denounce Israel; no emergency special session has been called on any other state in over thirty years. That is antisemitism.
  • The Human Rights Council has a fixed agenda with one item to condemn Israel at every session, and one item to consider the other 192 UN member states if “required.” That is antisemitism.
  • 70% of all the 2013 General Assembly resolutions criticizing specific countries for human rights abuses were about Israel. That is antisemitism.
  • The UN Division for Palestinian Rights denies entry to public meetings at UN Headquarters for individuals and NGOs that it discovers…
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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 8:36 AM  | Stand for Israel

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