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Friday, November 27, 2009

The UN partition resolution would not pass today

Sunday will be the 62nd anniversary of Resolution 181, the resolution by which the United Nations General Assembly called for the partition of the part of the British Mandate that was not given to Jordan into two states: Israel and 'Palestine.' On Thursday night, former Israeli ambassador to the US and current Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and former Israeli ambassador to the UN Dore Gold told a new organization of American olim called Hadar that resolution would not pass the United Nations today.
Ayalon estimated that 60-65 percent of today's UN member nations are "dictatorial" countries that would vote against Israel were the establishment of the Jewish state put to the UN now.

"That's an automatic majority against us…We have to understand this and devise how to counter it," said the deputy foreign minister.

"We need two arms, one for special diplomatic operations and another for intensifying cooperation with the IDF Spokesman in documenting and delivering news as quickly as possible" he added.


Speaking to the Post on Thursday, Gold noted that, in 1945, "to become a member state of the UN, you had to declare war on one of the axis parties, Nazi Germany or Imperial Japan. As a result, most of the founding members of the United Nations were allies, most of which were democratic. And they mostly shared a common ethos. Even those countries that were authoritarian or totalitarian like Saudi Arabia or the Soviet Union acquiesced to the values of the democratic majority, for example, in abstaining and not voting against the declaration of human rights. That was the environment in which Resolution 181 of the General Assembly was adopted on November 29, 1947."

Today, Gold went on, "the United Nations has a completely different membership, the majority of which are authoritarian states and therefore have completely different values to those of the state of Israel."

He noted that "they are under the domineering influence of the Islamic states and the non-aligned movement which consistently support anti-Israel resolutions no matter how much they undermine the Arab-Israeli peace process." Therefore, Gold concluded, "the UN today seeks to undermine the very legitimacy of the state of Israel - even though it was the UN in 1947 that recognized the right of the Jewish people to a Jewish state."
Hadar, by the way, is a "self-proclaimed council for civic action. It is aiming to develop leadership and volunteer opportunities for English-speakers in Israel, and provide related training, information, and assistance in order to increase Anglo participation in Israeli public affairs." Last night was the organizational meeting. No one invited me (I saw an article about it in JPost yesterday) and honestly, I attend a shiur (Torah class) on Thurdsay nights that I rarely pass up when I am in Israel. If anyone else attended, please feel free to provide details. I think it's a great idea.

Yes, that's the partition map on the top. It never went into effect.


At 10:27 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Israel was born at a time when the Western countries had a majority in the UN. Today they are in the minority. History is part luck, part accident and part timing and Israel benefited from all three in 1947-48.


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