Sunday, February 20, 2011

What Are American Interests?

The Foundation for Middle East Peace President Philip C. Wilcox, Jr., exhuberantly opposed to Jewish residency beyond the Green Line, and former Jerusalem Consulate-General, issued the following statement:

The U.S. veto in the United Nations Security Council on February 18 of a draft resolution (*) demanding that “Israel cease all settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem” and reaffirming that settlements are “illegal,” undermines American interests in the Middle East and prospects for a two-state peace.

...U.S. officials have said the UN should stay out of Israeli-Palestinian peace-keeping. Yet the UN has been deeply involved in this conflict from the very beginning. It recognized Israel in 1948...

Yes, America did do that.

And even more. In 1924, it aligned itself with the League of Nations decision to grant Mandate status to the country to be reconstituted as the Jewish national home.

And the territory defined at that period was what Israel looks like today with Judea and Samaria.  And despite proposals of territorial compromise, aka partition, the Arabs never accepted them while the Zionist movement actually did.

So, in recognizing Israel in 1948, America was not only doing the right thing but also recognizing the failure of any pro-Arab policy up until that point since the Arabs were obviously not interested in any solution then that entailed the establishment of Israel even before there was a "post-1967 occupation" and "settlements".  The conclusion, then, is that American interests are best served by rejecting alignment with such an Arab position.


And even if Hillary Clinton holds this opinion:

"I think it is absolutely clear to say, number one, that it's been American policy for many years that settlements were illegitimate and it is the continuing goal and highest priority of the Obama administration to keep working toward a two-state solution with both Israelis and Palestinians," Clinton told ABC''s This Week With Christiane Amanpour.

she's wrong.

Jews residing in Judea and Samaria can never be illegitimate.


Full text: UN Security Council draft resolution
The following is the full text of the draft UN Security Council resolution condemning continued Israeli settlements that the Obama administration vetoed late Friday. All other member states voted in favor.

The Security Council,

Recalling its relevant resolutions, including resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 446 (1979), 452 (1979), 465 (1980), 476 (1980), 478 (1980), 1397 (2002), 1515 (2003), and 1850 (2008),

Reaffirming the applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, to the Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the other Arab territories occupied since 1967,

Reaffirming that all Israeli settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, are illegal and constitute a major obstacle to the achievement of peace on the basis of the two-State solution,

Condemning the continuation of settlement activities by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of all other measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Territory, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions,

Bearing in mind also the obligation under the Quartet Roadmap, endorsed by its resolution 1515 (2003), for a freeze by Israel of all settlement activity, including “natural growth”, and the dismantlement of all settlement outposts erected since March 2001,

Reiterating its vision of a region where two democratic States, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders,

Taking note of the strong support expressed by the Quartet for the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations for the resolution of all final status issues within one year,

Stressing the urgency of achieving a just, comprehensive and lasting peace on the basis of the relevant resolutions, the Madrid terms of reference, including the principle of land for peace, the Arab Peace Initiative and the Quartet Roadmap,

Reaffirms that the Israeli settlements established in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, are illegal and constitute a major obstacle to the achievement of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace;

Reiterates its demand that Israel, the occupying Power, immediately and completely ceases all settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and that it fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard;

Calls upon both parties to act on the basis of international law and their previous agreements and obligations, including under the Roadmap, aimed, inter alia, at improving the situation on the ground, building confidence and creating the conditions necessary for promoting the peace process;

Calls upon all parties to continue, in the interest of the promotion of peace and security, with their negotiations on the final status issues in the Middle East peace process according to its agreed terms of reference and within the timeframe specified by the Quartet in its statement of 21 September 2010;

Urges in this regard the intensification of international and regional diplomatic efforts to support and invigorate the peace process towards the achievement of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East;

Decides to remain seized of the matter.


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