Resolved: Israel Is To Blame
Vol: 6 Issue: 30 Saturday, March 30, 2002
Resolved: Israel Is To Blame
The United States waited even less time than usual before slipping US steel into Israel’s back at the United Nations. Before the cock crowed on Saturday morning, the United States voted with the rest of the United Nations to pass a resolution calling on Israel to withdraw from all ‘Palestinian’ cities as well as completely withdrawing from Arafat’s Ramallah compound.
The United Nations found a way to blame Israel for the violence, despite the facts as they exist. According to the resolution’s Norwegian sponsors, it was ‘Israeli bombardment of Palestinian cities’ that is responsible for the ‘killing of innocent civilians’ which then led to ‘unacceptable’ levels of ‘death and destruction’.
Howzat again? Israel’s response to the Passover massacre is responsible, and not the Passover massacre itself? Israeli ‘killing of innocent civilians’ during military confrontations is somehow morally equivalent to the Palestinians deliberately targeting civilian families in their neighborhoods?
If this argument were presented to the UN against any other nation on the face of the earth, especially an Arab state, it would never even get a hearing, let alone a 14-0 vote.
Imagine the Security Council voting a resolution that blamed Russia for Chechen terrorist attacks and ordered Moscow out of Chechnya.
Or a resolution being passed against any Arab state for inciting the Palestinians or even for attacking Israel. The UN has, in its history, passed four resolutions that could be perceived to be against Arab interests. [Apart from the UN s anti-Iraqi resolutions concerning Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait, another Arab state].
Israel fought five wars with the Arabs all started by Arabs as a war of annihilation against the Jewish State. In every case, it was Israel who received UN condemnation, presumably for surviving despite the UN s efforts to the contrary.
It has passed more than 100 resolutions that were against Israeli interests. Israel has been condemned by UN resolution more times than all the other nations of the world combined. Including such bastions of human rights and UN principles of peaceful coexistence as North Korea, China, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia.
It’s been noted that comparing the relative populations of Israel to the US, five Israeli deaths is proportionate to the US losing a thousand people. Three hundred and eighty-three Israelis have been killed since the uprising began in September, 2000. How would America react if it lost 76,600 of its citizens to a wave of terror attacks emanating from Mexico or Canada?
Of course, that question was answered on October 7, 2001, when the US responded to the lost of three thousand in a single attack by launching airstrikes on Afghanistan, half a world away.
The Passover Massacre claimed 19 Israelis, a proportional loss to Israeli society to the loss of 3,800 citizens if its population were equal to America’s and the same percentage of US citizens lost their lives to terror.
Continuing the comparison between Israel and the US to include reaction, America should support Israeli anti-terror actions anywhere in the world, the way Israel supported US action against al-Qaeda. Instead, the US voted with the UN.
Zechariah predicted a time when the whole world would stand united against Israel and her claim to the city of Jerusalem.
“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.” [Zechariah 12:2]
The entire question of the Middle East conflict revolves around Jerusalem. Palestinian statehood is secondary — even to the Palestinians. Arafat has made it abundantly clear that he will accept nothing less than a Palestinian State with its capital in a united, Arab Jerusalem.
“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” [Zech 12:3]
The US ‘burdened’ itself with the issue of Jerusalem when it brokered the seven-year Oslo Agreement. The final two years of the agreement concerned negotiating the ‘final status’ of Jerusalem. Israel offered Arafat half at Camp David. Arafat turned it down because half wasn’t enough and began the current conflict.
Since Oslo, America has become a target of terror. The 1993 World Trade Center bombing was not the first US act of terror, but it marked al-Qaeda’s opening salvo against America.
While America has hardly been cut in pieces, the war on terror isn’t over yet, either.
And all the peoples of the earth aren’t yet ‘gathered’ militarily against Israel. Yet. But the UN resolution passed before dawn Saturday could easily translate into global military force, should the situation continue to escalate.
The Bible also outlines the time frame for Jerusalem’s tenure as a stone in the UN’s shoe. Once begun, it doesn’t end until Israel looks “upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only Son.” [Zech 12:10]