UN-important: Why does the US and Israel play by the UN's rules?
Doni Kandel has been writing about Israel and Jewish issues...
ISRAEL, June 8, 2013 — Sadly, it appears that both the United States and Israel are making the tragic choice to once again placate the people who hate them rather than face them head on.
The following emphatic words, written by former U.S. Representative to the United Nations, John Bolton, in his book ‘Surrender Is Not An Option: Defending America at the United Nations and Abroad’, should be heeded very carefully, now more than ever:
“There is no such thing as the United Nations… In particular, more effective U.S. diplomacy must avoid the trap of channeling all or most of our efforts through the UN system. Our independence by definition means we must decide ourselves where, how and when out interests will be protected… UN organizations, funds and programs can be useful instruments of our foreign policy, but they manifestly cannot be the only or even the preferred instruments.”
Consider the Obama Administration. The White House announced that its candidate for Ambassador to the United Nations will be Samantha Power, a move Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz called “deeply troubling.”
Samantha Power, a former Harvard Kennedy School professor, has in the past found herself in some hot water when it comes to Israel-Arab and American Jewish relations. In 2002, Power suggested a possible military intervention in Israel to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At a program produced by the UC Berkley Institute of International Studies, Powers was quoted as saying that America needs “a willingness to actually put something on the line in sort of helping the situation … Not of the old, you know, Srebrenica kind or the Rwanda kind, but a meaningful military presence, because it seems to me at this stage ― and this is true of actual genocides as well and not just, you know, major human rights abuses, which we’re seeing there. But ― is that you have to go in as if you’re serious, you have to put something on the line.”
She also lamented the power of the Israel lobby in Congress. Now, thanks to President Obama and friends, Powers has a chance to hobnob with some of the world’s greatest Israel haters in one of the world’s preeminent Israel-hating institutions as a representative of the United States. That should turn out well for the Jewish State.
Now on to the Land of Milk and Honey that just can’t seem to get out of its own way. In what seems to be yet another capitulation to pressure from Washington, Israel announced on Thursday that it was seeking to restore its ties with the UN Human Rights Council. Israel had previously broken off ties with the UNHRC in March of 2012 in protest of the tremendous amount of biased treatment the Council has dealt to Israel over the years.
Israel did demand that in order to restore ties, the UNHRC would have to make some changes, but all one has to do is look to the past to see that those changes will never come about.
Ambassador Bolton discusses in detail the efforts in his time at the UN to reform the UNHRC that were to no avail. After a new draft emerged for reform, Bolton writes in astonishment, “incredibly, on February 26, the New York Times published a stunning editorial called ‘The Shame of the United Nations,’ which stated as follows: ‘When it comes to reforming the disgraceful United Nations Human Rights Commission … John Bolton is right; Secretary General Kofi Annan is wrong … a once promising reform proposal has been so watered down that it has become an ugly sham.”
Why do America and Israel feel the need to suckle at the teat of international approval?
Why can’t Israel see the UNHRC for what it really is and simply forget it?
In fact, the UNHRC has been complicit in some of the most atrocious statements and decisions made against Israel in recent history.
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