Obama Dispatches Biden and Power To Force This Upon Israel; Netanyahu REFUSES To Budge
The Middle East is burning everywhere, but the world is still obsessed with the Jewish State and its relatively minor conflict with the Arab Palestinians.
Over the last month alone, Israel had to deal with several plans, ultimatums, dictates, false claims and punishing measures by the international community that were all meant as initial steps to force the so-called Two State Solution upon Israel.
First there was the European Union that, after imposing a new label policy on Israeli companies that oblige them to differentiate between products made in Israel ‘proper’ (Israel before the Six Day War in 1967) and the so-called West Bank, decided to turn up the heat on the Jewish State. The EU did this by adopting a new resolution that ‘unequivocally and explicitly’ stated no business deals between Israel and European companies can apply to the Jewish communities in these areas.
The Obama administration followed suit and reinstated 20 year-old guidelines about the labeling of products manufactured in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.
“It is not acceptable to mark the aforementioned goods with the words ‘Israel,’ ‘Made in Israel,’ ‘Occupied Territories-Israel’ or any variation thereof,” a statement from the U.S.
Customs agency read. Both the EU and the Obama administration denied the measures had anything to do with a boycott of Israel.
Then France issued an ultimatum to Israel about an international conference aimed at breaking the current deadlock in the negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and Israel. When the conference would not yield the desired result (Two State Solution), French foreign minister Laurent Fabius threatened his country would recognize a Palestinian State in the so-called West Bank and Gaza.
Israel reacted furiously to the French dictate, but Fabius remains unfazed and sticks to his position on the matter.
At the same time, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon upped the pressure on Israel and seemed to put the blame for the current wave of Palestinian Arab terror squarely on Israel’s shoulders when he said, “After nearly 50 years of occupation — decades after Oslo — Palestinians, especially young people, are losing hope. Israelis, Palestinians, and the international community need to read the writing on the wall: The status quo is untenable, it undermines the security of Israelis and the future for Palestinians.”
“It is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism. Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of a half century of occupation and the paralysis of the peace process,” Ban Ki-Moon said during a meeting of the UN Security Council.
Israel Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu reacted angrily to the statements of the UN boss.
“There is no justification for terrorism,” he said in a video statement last month. “The Palestinian terrorists don’t want to build a state; they want to destroy a state, and they say that proudly. They want to murder Jews everywhere, and they state that proudly. They don’t murder for peace, and they don’t murder for human rights.
“The UN has lost its neutrality, and its moral force, and these statements by the secretary-general do nothing to improve its situation. Ban’s remarks stoke terror.”
Ban Ki Moon shot back with on op-ed in the New York Times in which he complained he had been misrepresented by his Israeli critics. He again defended his remarks on Palestinian frustration about the continuing “occupation,” harshly criticized Israel for building new homes for Jews in Samaria and Judea (West Bank) and claimed Israel is planning ‘the demolition of thousands of Palestinian homes.’
Apparently Ban had ‘swallowed the Arab narrative’ on Israel’s actions in Judea and Samaria because only 5 percent of the Palestinian Arabs live in territory under Israeli control in the so-called West Bank. In 2014, for example, Ban’s own UN reported the demolition of 1,177 structures. That included some homes, but most of these structures were illegally built agricultural buildings, pergolas, barns and other structures.
But Ban’s message was clear: Israel is guilty of the failed peace process, and therefore, the Palestinians have lost hope. The solution, according to the UN Secretary General, is to end the “occupation” and to give them a state, no matter what.
A couple of days after the incident with Ban Ki Moon, the ‘Quartet’ (Great Britain, France, U.S., and Russia) that had been silent on the conflict for a long time, suddenly showed renewed interest in the establishment of a Palestinian State .
Diplomats of the Quartet met on the sidelines of the international security conference in Munich and decided to draw up a new report that would include suggestions on how to move forward ‘to advance the two-state solution.’ The Quartet issued a statement saying the situation in Israel was “dangerously imperiling the viability” of an independent Palestinian state.
Jordan’s King Abdullah II, who attended the conference in Munich, added to the sense of urgency when he said that the stalemate between the Palestinian Arabs and Israel could lead to “religious conflict of a global dimension,” no less.
President Obama apparently agrees with the prophets of doom and decided to dispatch two prominent members of his team to Israel.
Samantha Power, the U,.S. ambassador to the UN, arrived in Israel Sunday after having tweeted
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