Pillar of Cloud echoes
are still audible. Cast Lead crimes aren't forgotten. Nor is Gaza's siege,
occupation harshness, expanding settlements, and horrific daily persecution.
Palestine remains locked down and isolated. UN voting changed nothing.
Partial or full membership grants no immunity. Israel takes full advantage.
That's how rogue states operate. Palestinian suffering continues.
Another article cited Haaretz saying Israel suffered a humiliating UN
defeat. Perhaps so, but does it matter? The fullness of time will tell.
"Israel's leaders competed with each other Thursday over who will utter
the most disparaging remark about the Palestinian move in the United Nations,"
"Never have so many press releases been issued over an event that they
themselves characterized as meaningless."
Netanyahu heads Israel's worst ever government. It replicates despotic
ones. It's more hypocrisy than democracy. It's an embarrassment to legitimate
Netanyahu was quoted in a companion article. He said more. Whenever he
opens his mouth he puts both feet in. Perhaps one day he'll swallow them
He called Thursday's vote "a meaningless resolution that won’t change
anything on the ground. No Palestinian state will arise without an arrangement
ensuring the security of Israeli citizens."
He added that Abbas's UN speech was "defamatory and venomous."
Days earlier, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said, "If the proposal
is adopted at the United Nations General Assembly, as far as we are concerned
this would be a complete breaking of the rules and it will elicit an extreme
response from us."
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said, "This day is the day of the
historic rout of the Palestinians."
During Pillar of Cloud terror bombing, he said Palestinians killed and
injured "deserved it." Other Israeli hardliners express similar views.
They represent racist police state harshness. Israel isn't fit to live
in. Many Jews are voting with their feet and leaving. They have just cause.
Former Kadima leader, Tzipi Livni, now heads a new party called Hatnua
(the Movement). She said Palestine's UN vote was a "strategic terrorist
Vice Premier Silvan Shalom called the vote recognition that only Israel
honors agreements reached with the PA.
Israeli UN envoy Ron Prosor addressed the General Assembly. He said the
body's resolution "ignore(d) Israel's vital security and national interests."
He called it "so one-sided, it….push(ed peace) backwards."
"Time and again," he claimed, Israel "sought peace with the Palestinians.
Time and again, we have been met by rejection of our offers, denial of
our rights, and terrorism targeting our citizens."
His entire speech wreaked of duplicity and shameless lies. Whatever their
views, Member State representatives weren't fooled.
At the same time, a chasm separates their rhetorical support and what
they gave Thursday from their failure to hold Israel accountable for decades
of horrendous crimes. They continue daily in plain sight.
Palestinians bear a heavy cross. UN status affords no protection.
Haaretz said Netanyahu and senior ministers have themselves to blame for
Thursday's vote. They're rigidly hardline. They spurn diplomacy and peace.
"Anyone with eyes in his head can see the diplomatic failure from afar.
Having sowed wind during the past four years, on Thursday (Netanyahu and
those around him) reaped a storm," said Haaretz.
"Sadly, the next government will probably be even more extreme right-wing
and cannot be expected to change direction."
It's as bad or worse in Washington. Rogues run America. Policies reflect
high crimes too extreme to ignore. Fundamental democratic values and rule
of law principles don't have a chance. War on humanity and police state
harshness don't let them.
Ahead of Thursday's vote, Congress suspended over $200 million in PA aid
over concerns about what happened and possible Hamas/Fatah reconciliation.
On Wednesday and Thursday, lawmakers proposed 2013 National Defense Authorization
Act (NDAA) amendments. They want funding to Palestinians and supportive
countries cut off.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R. FL) chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
She represents the lunatic fringe of Republican hardliners.
"There must be consequence for (Palestinian) rejectionism and continued
irresponsibility," she said.
Democrat and Republican senators said they'll halt aid if Palestine uses
its upgraded status against Israel. Senator from AIPAC Chuck Schumer (D.
"We are committed, Democrats and Republicans, to using every means at
our disposal to ensure that this UN General Assembly vote does not serve
as a precedent for elevating the status of the PLO."
Neocon Senator Lindsey Graham (R. SC) added:
"The biggest fear I have is that the Palestinians achieve this status
it won’t be very long before the Palestinians use the United Nations as
a club against Israel."
The Israeli Lobby had its say. AIPAC said "Palestinian UN Upgrade Undermines
Israel, of course, bears full responsibility. It spurns peace, stability,
and recognition of fundamental Palestinian rights.
Anti-Defamation League (ADL) national director Abe Foxman and national
chair Barry Curtiss-Lusher jointly said:
"With this resolution, the General Assembly has handed the Palestinian
leadership a pyrrhic public relations victory, which in all likelihood
will make it even more difficult to move the process forward."
"The result of the vote is no surprise. The General Assembly has always
given a rubber stamp to Palestinian declarations and grandstanding."
"In the long term, this resolution will have potentially disastrous consequences
for future Palestinian aspirations."
"It brings the Palestinian people no closer to statehood, nor does it
bring Israel closer to peace and security."
Congressional, Knesset and Israeli Lobby hardliners prioritize war on
humanity, violent confrontations, racist hate, misinformation, bald-faced
lies, and support for Israel's worst crimes.
In Jerusalem, police prevented MKs Aryeh Eldad and Michael Ben Ari from
burning a Palestinian flag outside UN headquarters.
Western scoundrel media support for Israel is longstanding. On November
28, a Washington Post editorial headlined "What will Palestinians do after
the UN vote?"
Will peace talks resume? Will Palestine sue Israeli officials at the ICC?
Will Fatah/Hamas reconciliation happen? Will Palestinian violence and
Abbas' retirement follow?
Like other media scoundrels, the Post ignored Palestinian statehood, blamed
the PA for not pursuing peace, accused Hamas of "lob(bing) rockets at
Israel," and PA leaders of "submit(ting) pointless petitions to the United
The editorial, previous ones, op-eds, and straight reporting ignore decades
of occupation harshness, illegal settlements, and horrendous Israeli crimes.
Previous New York Times editorials opposed Palestinian self-determination.
Only Jewish rights matter in Times Square.
On November 28, another New York Times editorial headlined "The Palestinians
UN Bid." It reaffirmed which side it's on. Longstanding Times policy spurns
General Assembly support won't "endure creation of a viable Palestinian
state and guarantee Israel's security."
Palestinian statehood exists. A companion article explained. Palestinians
never threatened Israeli security. They don't now. Israel menaces the
region. Times editors ignore facts on the ground they know or should.
"Peace negotiations have been at an impasse since 2008."
Legitimate peace talks never happened because Israel spurns them. Palestinians
wanted conflict resolution for decades. Without a legitimate partner,
The Times urged "serious new effort(s) at a negotiated two-state solution."
When Israel's Separation Wall is completed, its West Bank control will
Over half a million settlers occupy Palestinian land. More join them daily.
Closed military zones, restricted tourist areas, commercial locations,
and other Jews-only development exclude non-Jews.
At one time, two states were viable. No longer. Partition won't work.
What will is one state for all its people at peace with equal rights.
It's the only legitimate way if pursued and given a chance.
Israelis won't propose it. Nor have Palestinians. Israel wants all valued
parts of Judea and Samaria it wishes. It wants Jerusalem as its exclusive
Ideally, it wants Palestinians gone. At best, they'll be tolerated with
no rights within isolated cantons on worthless scrubland.
Refugees wanting to return will be denied. Persecution will continue.
Palestinians and Israeli Arabs will be targeted. Conflict resolution won't
happen. Conditions will get progressively worse.
Israel wants permanent occupation legalized. Palestinians deserve long
denied liberation. Democratic legitimacy requires one nation for all its
people, irrespective of race, religion, ethnicity, or other differentiating
It requires equal rights, observance of international law principles,
and ending decades of occupation, colonization and apartheid.
It requires prohibiting what's no longer tolerable and never was. It requires
treating Arabs and Jews equally. It requires establishing binding statutes
mandating it. It requires enforcing them. It requires commitment to do
the right thing.
It won't happen without committed international support. It's high time
long-suffering Palestinians got it. Nothing less is tolerable.