Israel wins at the UN, no one notices
Here's Soccer Dad's Middle East Media Sampler for Monday, December 24.
Israel wins at the UN, no one notices
"If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat
and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13
with 26 abstentions."
I went over to the sargent, said, "Sargeant, you got a lot a damn
gall to ask me if I've rehabilitated myself, I mean, I mean, I mean that
sittin' here on the bench, I mean I'm sittin here on the Group W bench
'cause you want to know if I'm moral enough join the army, burn
women,kids, houses and villages after bein' a litterbug."
Last week Israel won a victory at the UN. You probably didn't read about
it in any newspaper. Many news organizations believe that the only news
about Israel worth reporting is news that shows that Israel is
isolated. So here's the notification at one of Israel's Facebook pages:
Israel's resolution "Entrepreneurship for Development" passed the UN
General Assembly vote overwhelmingly, with 97 co-sponsors, 141 in favor,
31 against, 11 abstentions.
So who voted against? (See vote on Annex II)
Ambassador Ron Prosor - רון פרושאור: "Make no mistake. The stakes before
us are high. The people we empower today will become the next Einstein,
the next Picasso, the next Mother Theresa of tomorrow".
Algeria, Bahrain, Bolivia, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan,
Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Morocco,
Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia,
Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Yemen.
To get a fuller picture of this looking glass world called the UN, read Syria's response to this resolution:
The Assembly adopted a text on entrepreneurship for development by
141 votes in favour to 31 against, with 11 abstentions. Israel’s
representative said he had hoped for consensus on the text, noting that
the Arab States that had voted against it were among those that could
benefit most from entrepreneurship. (See Annex II.)
Ambassador Prosor is correct, but why doesn't anyone else mention this?
True, the vote is symbolic, but it is symptomatic of one of the major
problems in the Middle East. The Syrian government has killed tens of
thousands of its own citizens, but defends its vote against a policy
statement that would serve to better lives globally because it
originated with Israel on account of "occupation."
Syria’s representative, speaking in exercise of the right of reply,
described that statement as “truly strange”, given the criticism that
Israel had received over human rights violations and denial of economic
opportunities to people living under occupation. Saudi Arabia’s
representative defended his country’s record as a peace-loving nation,
and his counterpart from Sudan said her country had not turned its back
on its people, as the Israeli representative had said, but had instead
turned its face towards those living under Israeli occupation.
It's not just that the Arab world that sees Israel through this narrow
prism. Consider Thomas Friedman who writes periodically about the 2002
U.N. Arab Human Development Report and observes
"for the Arab world to thrive it needs to overcome its deficit of
freedom, its deficit of knowledge and its deficit of women’s
empowerment." Yet when the Arab world refuses to deal with Israel, even
in matters that would benefit them, Friedman' harangues Israel for not
Consider the Arab peace initiative that he championed in 2002. Friedman
was essentially saying that Israel needed to accede to the demands of
Hosni Mubarak, Bashar Assad, Moammar Gaddafi and fellow dictators by
treating the Palestinians better than they treated their own people!
An article in the UAE's The National illustrates the problem:
"Hope you will touch upon the challenges facing us and young
entrepreneurs, including quality of education, few resources devoted to
research, and limited research supported by the private sector."
But Israel doesn't just lead by example, it attempts to help others help themselves. The head of MASHAV, Daniel Carmon writes:
In 2008, the public and private sectors in the Arab countries cut
spending on research as a percentage of their GDP, according to the
United Nations Development Programme's Arab Knowledge Report released
In Kuwait it was 0.09 per cent while it was 0.23 per cent in Egypt. By
contrast, it was 3.46 per cent in Finland, 2.52 per cent in Singapore
and 4.86 per cent in Israel.
My visit to Ottawa came just a few days after the UN passed an
Israeli-led resolution on “Entrepreneurship for Development.” As a proud
and active member of the international community, Israel played a major
role in drafting this resolution. We were pleased to see it pass by a
vote of 129-31, despite every Arab delegate country voting “no” —
thereby signalling to the world that they favour petty politics over
Israel provides the means for others to get ahead and improve their
societies, but the Arab world - encouraged by the Western apologists -
refuse to get on board. They'd rather not allow opportunity to their own
This groundbreaking resolution highlights the value of entrepreneurship
for creating jobs in the developing world, opening up economic
opportunities, and fostering responsibility in both local entrepreneurs
and donor countries. I must thank Canada for its assistance in helping
to gather a substantial like-minded group of developed and developing
countries to support this important resolution.
This work is a reflection of Israel’s work on the ground in Africa,
South America and around the world. MASHAV’s work with young
entrepreneurs in Columbia is part of its partnership with Latin American
Young Americas Business Trust (YABT). Working with the Organization of
American States, YABT is a private sector initiative that promotes
social and economic development among youth. Israel sees this as an
important project because it reflects its own experience in turning to
innovation to become a developed country.
Part of it, no doubt, is that greater economic freedom usually leads to
greater political freedom. But there's also clearly a significant
element of blind hatred for Israel.
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