Is America On Wrong Side Of History With Its Blind Support For Israel?
By Sinclere Lee
New York (BNW) The elephant in the room in the Middle East is the state of Israel and its illegal occupation of Palestine, and as long as America stands behind the Jewish state, there will never be peace in that area of the world.
And, Americans will continue to be in harms way. Ergo, is America on wrong side of history with its blind support for Israel?
For example, America vetoed a draft resolution from the United Nations Security Council that would have declared Israel's settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem illegal and demanded a halt to these activity. Americas reason to veto the resolution sounds like the excuse of a crazy man.
Susan E. Rice, US Ambassador to the UN, gave a nonsensical reason for the decision. Rejecting in the strongest terms the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity, the US voted against the draft out of concern for the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Rice said. That reasoning is straight out of the Twilight Zone. How can vetoing a resolution to make Israel do right by the Palestinian stop the peace process? The veto of Israel illegal activities can only hurt the peace process.
Before the veto, the Obama administration tried to get an agreement with Arab diplomats on a compromise that would have increased pressure on Israel to stop building but would not have called it illegal or demanded a moratorium. Thats crazy talk in the Arab world, and it will continue to generate hatred for Americans.
The US veto the UN resolution which condemned settlements and called for a freeze on construction should not be seen as an endorsement of Israel's settlement policies, which the Obama administration has repeatedly denounced." Rice comments that the draft resolution submitted risks a hardening the positions of both sides and could encourage parties to stay out of negotiations was incredible.
''Unfortunately, this draft resolution risks hardening the positions of both sides,'' Dr Rice said. ''It could encourage the parties to stay out of negotiations.'' What a dumb ass statement to make, and if that make sense to you, I got a bridge for sell in Brooklyn you maybe interested in. ...I'll give you a good deal on it! Apparently, America knows its on the wrong side of history in this situation. if not, why would Rice make a statement that sound so dumb and makes no sense?
Double talk and lies will get you nowhere in the Middle East. As usual, the US was alone on the 15-member council in opposing the measure. It was the Obama administration's first veto of a UN resolution, and the 10th time in 11 years that the US has voted against a text considered critical of Israel.
The UN says the settlements are illegal, and the International Committee of the Red Cross says they breach the Fourth Geneva Convention on actions on occupied territory. However, US support of Israels illegal settlements amid widespread protests against dictators and kings in the Middle East and North Africa, will surely turn attention to anti-American and anti-Israeli sentiments in the area and hinder US efforts for peace talks.
"The US veto does not serve the peace process and encourages Israel to continue constructing settlements and avoid its commitments in the peace process," aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Nabil Abu Rudeina said. "The veto will complicate matters in the Middle East."
Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian UN observer, called the US veto unfortunate. The Security Council failed to respond to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis and send a clear and firm message to Israel that it must ... cease all of its violations and its obstruction of the peace process. We fear...that the message sent today may be one that only encourages further Israeli intransigence and impunity," he said.
America is on the wrong side of history when it comes to supporting Israel's strong handed tactics to control Palestine, and the history of bloodshed in that region of the world is in Americas hands.