Category United Nations

INTERNATIONAL CONSENSUS: USE IT OR LOSE IT

[Y]our governments are rapidly changing their attitudes towards Israel. And sooner or later, that’s going to change the way you vote on Israel at the UN. – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, addressing the UN General Assembly this week. ‘There’s just no appetite to go toe-to-toe with Israel and deliver a really harsh indictment’, said one […]

PALESTINE AFTER THE ARAB SPRING

Mouin Rabbani, Norman G. Finkelstein and I have an article in the latest issue of Insight Turkey examining the impact of the Arab uprisings on the prospects for Palestinian self-determination. Unfortunately the full text is behind a pay-wall (accessible via ProQuest), but here’s how it begins: When a series of uprisings across the Arab world […]

BAN KI-MOON STARS IN LIVE PUPPET SHOW

In the course of ‘Operation Cast Lead’ (2008-9), Israel attacked multiple UN facilities in Gaza, including with white phosphorus. For example, on 17 January 2009 Israeli forces rained down white phosphorus on an UNRWA elementary school in Beit Lahia that was sheltering some 2,000 people, injuring 13 and killing two children. A subsequent UN Board […]

A NEW ‘PEACE ARCHITECTURE’

Special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Robert Serry’s final briefing to the Security Council revealed the deep frustration of man who’s spent seven years on the frontline of ‘one of the most spectacular deceptions in modern diplomatic history‘. ‘Upon leaving this position’, Serry explained, ‘I cannot but express an overriding feeling that I have been part […]

J STREET JOINS NETANYAHU IN REJECTING TWO-STATE SOLUTION (UPDATED)

A while back I wrote of America’s leading liberal Zionist lobby group, In short, although coy about explicitly saying so, J Street endorses Israel’s annexation of critical chunks of the West Bank, rejecting the international consensus two-state settlement and demanding from Palestinians even greater compromises on their legal rights. In the wake of Israeli voters’ collective middle […]