The UN-recognized state of Palestine, and Israel’s strategic value to the US

UN-acceptable

UN-acceptable

In about one month’s time, unless something radical changes on the ground, the Palestinians are going to bring their request for recognition of statehood to the UN. Both Israel and the US are extremely opposed to this action for a number of reasons, chief amongst them the fact that the Palestinians have not built any of the institutions required for a functioning state, and the fact that the existence of a Palestinian state will effectively make any peace negotiations between it and Israel moot. This is a sure recipe for more violence and war, since the borders of this purported state of Palestine will not have been fixed and will be fought over as before. The Jerusalem Post blog “Warped Mirror” has an excellent analysis of the matter and the trouble it is going to cause.

The Israeli media are full of worried commentaries warning about the “tsunami” of world-wide support for Palestinian efforts to secure UN recognition of a state in the fictional 1967 “borders.”
Never mind that these borders “have no basis in history, law, or fact,” and never mind that by rewarding the Palestinians for their refusal to work for the achievement of a negotiated solution, the UN would undermine numerous resolutions and agreements that it previously endorsed as binding.
One has to acknowledge that the Palestinians have accomplished no mean feat: they have managed to convince much of the world that fact-based rational views and considerations should count for nothing when it comes to the Palestinian narrative of oppression and victimhood. They also have managed to convince much of the world that this saddest of all narratives can have a fairy-tale happy ending: if the “international community” steps in to resolve the Palestinian plight, peace and harmony will prevail in the Middle East and beyond.
Back in the real world, the past few weeks have provided plenty of evidence that grimly illustrates what kind of peace and harmony the “international community” is going to promote by endorsing the Palestinian strategy to get what they want without negotiations.
For starters, there is the already impressively long “List of Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel, 2011” which is readily available at Wikipedia. …
This is just one of many examples demonstrating that, as far as Hamas is concerned, all of Israel is populated by “settlers” – who of course all make legitimate targets for the noble Islamic resistance.
Western pundits and politicians may be transfixed by Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and his dedicated efforts to build the institutional infrastructure for a Palestinian state, but polls show consistently that Fayyad cannot be regarded as a popular politician. At the same time, it is clear that despite its dismal record in Gaza, Hamas and its vicious ideology of anti-Jewish violence remain popular with up to a third of Palestinians.
Another conveniently overlooked fact is the often repeated assertion by Palestinian officials that until there is a “just” resolution for the millions of Palestinians who are classified with international approval as “refugees”, the Palestinians will feel justified to engage in “armed struggle” against Israel.

Indeed, it is quite revealing that, while Palestinian officials claim to be ready for statehood and travel the world to collect endorsements for their state, they haven’t yet shown any interest whatsoever in the “refugee camps” under their own jurisdiction.

There are many other voices of doom warning Israel of the danger of time running out, and how she should rush to make peace with the Palestinians – as if this peace was dependent on Israel’s actions alone, and as if none of Israel’s peace initiatives and territorial withdrawals have ever been met with peace or acceptance.

With revolutionary fervor sweeping the Middle East, Israel is under mounting pressure to make a far-reaching offer to the Palestinians or face a United Nations vote welcoming the State of Palestine as a member whose territory includes all of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Authority has been steadily building support for such a resolution in September, a move that could place Israel into a diplomatic vise. Israel would be occupying land belonging to a fellow United Nations member, land it has controlled and settled for more than four decades and some of which it expects to keep in any two-state solution.

Other reports detail the steps that the US might take to prevent or deter the Palestinians from the headlong rush to pseudo-independence:

Susan Rice, the American ambassador to the UN, said there was “no greater threat” to US support and funding of the UN than the prospect of Palestinian statehood being endorsed by member states.

In this connection, I received an insightful article (see PDF below) summarizing Israel’s strategic value to the US at the moment, and what is liable to happen if the Palestinians gain independent statehood without a peace negotiation with Israel.  The article was written by Mark Langfan, a New York based attorney who is a pro-Israel activist and has written several articles and compiled presentations about Israel’s security which you can find on his website.

It makes for very worrying reading and all these articles taken together should encourage all of us to make sure our politicians vote against Palestinian statehood when and if it comes to the UN vote.

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20 Responses to The UN-recognized state of Palestine, and Israel’s strategic value to the US

  1. Earl says:

    From the JPost blog:

    …demonstrating that, as far as Hamas is concerned, all of Israel is populated by “settlers” – who of course all make legitimate targets for the noble Islamic resistance.

    Whilst conceptually somewhat accurate, it is exactly the lack of the writer’s specificity and identification that ensures that the underlying Islamic jurisprudence-requiring the destruction of IL, qua Jewish state- remains unknown to the greater public. Again, it is an abject failure to frame the existential Islamic threat against Israel that is the key failure in such analyses.

    Langfan’s pdf is very good; thx., annie.

  2. reality says:

    I think its high time we pushed various ‘occupied’ states eg Wales, Scotland to demand a state of their own & we should back it & this state will be unilaterally declared also in September (2 plus one like in Supersol!) This should keep people busy for a while -maybe they could be armed & persuaded to start firing rockets over London?!!Any other bright ideas for mini states? lets push this forward -perhaps someone should facebook it!

    • anneinpt says:

      LOL. Nice idea about 2 for 1 special offer at the UN :-)

      Scotland has actually been pushing for independence for a long time now, but when they held a referendum the people rejected it. Not sure about Wales, I don’t think it’s gone to a vote. As for Ireland, the less said the better.

  3. Nate says:

    “Both Israel and the US are extremely opposed to this action for a number of reasons, chief amongst them the fact that the Palestinians have not built any of the institutions required for a functioning state, ”
    That’s only because Israel has their blockade up and confiscates any materials required to build those buildings and set up those institutions, let alone let people start to rebuild homes destroyed by the Israelis. So basically, they’re blaming Palestine for not doing something that they themselves have a huge hand in stopping.

    • anneinpt says:

      Nate, you’ve totally misunderstood what was written in the article. I’m not sure if you’re being deliberately obtuse just to make a point or you honestly don’t understand what “building institutions for a state” means.

      Building state institutions does not mean literally constructing houses, buildings and edifices. It means creating institutions to make a state function: things like a health-care system, social security and welfare system, a banking and finance sector, a functioning population registry – not one with made-up numbers inflated in order to bring in more aid. It means creating a state that functions on its own revenue and not just on aid handouts from generous foreign nations.

      And before you complain about Israel’s eeevil occupation, just remember that the State of Israel was up and running, functioning effectively as a nation long before it ever gained independence. There was a health-care system in place, social security, trades unions, banking and finance, an interior and housing ministry, an agricultural ministry, a forestry commission, the list goes on. All this besides a minimally equipped army and navy and fledgling air force facing five well-armed extremely hostile Arab nations.

      And all this was accomplished without the aid of one single nation besides from loyal Jews around the world. All this was also accomplished while absorbing refugees in numbers several times its own size of population – refugees who arrived penniless, distraught and in ill health, having survived the Holocaust with nothing to their names besides the clothes they stood up in, and destitute refugees from those oh-so-“friendly” Arab regimes who confiscated the Jews’ possessions and then threw nearly one million Jews out the minute Israel declared statehood.

      So stop whining about those poor Palestinians who can’t manage to accomplish anything, not even build the state they claim to so desire, without blaming Israel for every little thing, and without begging for handouts from broke Western nations, and then squandering the money on paying the salaries of terrorists who are sitting in prison for murder.

      If it’s more money they need, why do their “loyal” Arab brothers not provide them with the cash from their billions of petro-dollars?

      Why do the Palestinians not learn from the Jews for a change instead of trying to kill them?

      • anneinpt says:

        I just wanted to add that there is no blockade of any sort on the West Bank where a Palestinian state will exist if it ever comes to pass, so the excuse of not having building materials, besides being a total non-sequitur, is irrelevant. Gaza has become a separate entity to all extents and purposes and as long as the genocidal Hamas are in charge, the blockade will remain in force.

        • Jessica says:

          Nothing anyone is going to say is going to change your mind clearly, but why don’t you pretend for a minute that a persons place of birth doesn’t make them any more or less deserving of life and freedom and, with that in mind, look at the simple black and white facts of the Israeli death toll compared to the Palestinian death toll, the number of Israeli prisoners (1) compared to the number of Palestinian prisoners. Spouting your governments propaganda doesn’t excuse your complete lack of humanity and empathy.

          • anneinpt says:

            Hello Jessica, welcome to my blog.

            I don’t know where you get the idea that I think that a “person’s place of birth makes them less deserving of life and freedom”. In fact I agree with you that all people have an inalienable right to life and freedom. That goes as much for the Jews living in Israel as for the Palestinians, wouldn’t you say? I certainly do not deny the Palestinians their life or freedom, but I do deny that it should come at the expense of my own or my family or people’s life and freedom.

            As for death tolls, quoting numbers of casualties is a useless exercise. You need to compare civilian vs. military casualties.

            1. Israel has far fewer casualties than the Arabs because its soldiers are better trained and more importantly, the civilian population is much better protected. Israel spends vast amounts of cash on building and reinforcing bomb shelters for the entire population. How much of those millions of easily received aid dollars have the Palestinians spent on protecting their own population? Don’t bother answering that. The answer is near enough zero. On the contrary, the Palestinian leadership propels its civilian population to the frontlines, making them into human shields.

            2. In any event the numbers of casualties have to be calculated relative to the civilian vs. combatant ratio. If you look at the numbers of Palestinians killed by the IDF, you get a much lower number of civilians killed per combatants. I refer you to Wikipedia here and here where it says:

            In armed conflicts, the civilian casualty ratio (also civilian death ratio, civilian-combatant ratio, etc.) is the ratio of civilian casualties to combatant casualties, or total casualties. The measurement can apply either to casualties inflicted by a particular belligerent, or to casualties in the conflict as a whole.

            According to a 2001 study by the International Committee of the Red Cross, the civilian-to-soldier death ratio in wars fought since the mid-20th century has been 10:1, meaning ten civilian deaths for every soldier death.[1] In 2007, Israel achieved a ratio of 1:30, or one civilian casualty for every thirty combatant casualties, in its targeted killings campaign on militants in the Gaza Strip.[2] According to Professor Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School, “No army in history has ever had a better ratio of combatants to civilians killed in a comparable setting”.[3] Colonel Richard Kemp, former Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan, made a similar assessment of Israeli operations during the Gaza War, saying this civilian casualty ratio “was by far the lowest in any asymmetric conflict in the history of warfare.

            .

            You can read more about these figures on the Eretz Yisroel website, on CAMERA and you can listen to Col. Richard Kemp of the British Army.

            As for the number of prisoners, the Arabs do not hold one prisoner. They hold one abducted hostage: Gilad Shalit, who was kidnapped from his position on the Israeli side of the border in what was supposed to be peace time. He has received no visits from his family, the Red Cross, the UN or any other neutral authority. On the other hand, any and every Palestinian prisoner has received a fair trial with lawyers present, and receive full human rights in prison – food, lodging, medical care, education up to university standard, visits from family, the Red Cross, and even from the press.

            Read The hard life of Muslim terrorists in Israeli prison to get an idea of what kind of “hard” life they’re having. We should all be so lucky!

            So now, tell me again about sympathy, humanity, propaganda and empathy?

  4. Judypt says:

    Great post Anne,especially your answers to the snide comments.I cannot fathom why we agreed to another irridentist state in our heartland.There are 22 arab states already ,includingJordan which is made up of 78% of land slated for the Jewish Homeland according to the Balfour Declaration.We must keep hammering home this point, let the arabs join their brethren there, they have the same religion, language and ethics so shouldnt be so difficult for them to feel at home.Another plus is that all the trappings of state are already up and running.

  5. Let’s dispense with the illusion that other Arab states and cultures would ever accept “Palestinian” Arabs in their midst. They are not welcome for the same reasons Israel has difficulty with them. In 1970 the “Palestinian” Arab leadership was forcibly expelled from Jordan, previously Trans-Jordan, established as Arab Palestine. Even the Tunisians expelled them. In Syria they are not absorbed or assimilated, but corralled in refugee camps, for some 60 years now.

    The illusion, that somehow the “West Bank” is not Israeli territory is nonsense. According to the same accords that established the borders of virtually all the other nearby Arab states, ones defended and enforced to this very day, 24 August 2011, the West Bank is part of “Jewish Palestine” aka Israel post 1947. The interregnum 1948 through 1967 was a period where the West Bank was “occupied” by Jordan (how’d we get that backwards to Israeli “occupation?”), by force of arms, and the “green line” was an armistice line for cessation of hostility, not a “border” per se. Compare to North Korea.

    Now, before anyone jumps up to claim knowledge of non-Palestinian Arab acceptance of militant Palestinians anywhere realize that I now live in a 90% Muslim Arab neighborhood (and once upon a time lived in South Korea for a period of years)… one where radical Palestinian immigrants are cordoned off (in the “South end”) in a de facto “aparthied.” You will not find Palestinian Arabs mingling with the Lebanese, Iraqis, or other Arab and non-Arab Muslim immigrants. They are in essence unwelcome in their own world. The only time, literally, that their issues become fodder for publicity is when it serves the interests of their neighbors … there is still no acceptance, not even of Palestinian Christians. The most noteworthy element of all this is that day to day, year to year, I almost never hear a peep about Israel, positive or negative.

    Those sincere immigrants are too busy building their futures by hard work and investment to be running around fomenting violence. There are, of course, a very few agitators, but they’re rooted out sooner than later … they serve no one .. but they get the most publicity. No matter what you might read by some wacko politician or preacher (think Nevada or Florida), their is no Sharia law here. I live here. They don’t. My neighborhood has been renewed, literally with new buildings and businesses, which rescued it from the ghetto creep out of Detroit. I can walk to stores for virtually all sustenance needs, just as we could in the 1940’s and 50’s, I do not need Wal-Mart. By way of example, my total driving amounts to less than 6000 miles per year….if I need to travel, I fly for less than the cost of driving and lodging. Let Al Gore match that for “green” living.

    The point is that when peoples are preoccupied with advancement through legitimate means, they don’t kill each other. Where do the more successful Arabs move to when they outgrow our small house neighborhood? To the far west side of suburbia, precisely where the Jewish community has ended up more or less. There are no gun fights out there, everybody may not love each other, but neither do they kill each other. It can work.

    • anneinpt says:

      Fantastic comment Aridog. Thank you once again for giving to us of your experience. It all goes to prove all the point that I and others here have raised.

  6. Earl says:

    Interesting comment and analysis, Ari.

    The “Palestinian” push for national recognition at the UN is no doubt predicated, inter alia, on: a) a weak, enervated and dhimmified POTUS; b) current OIC strength in the UN; and c) the recognition that IL will eventually leverage the financial and political benefits of its newly-discovered hydrocarbons. The Palestinians and their Islamist puppetmasters are, quite correctly, viewing the situation as a once-in-a-lifetime confluence of events.

    All that Israel need do is ride out the forthcoming 16 months without buckling to Obama/Powers/Rice or abandoning the necessary Palestinian containment strategy.

    • The “Palestinians” are also leaning conceptually on the old UN “partition” plan for what was then mandated as Jewish Palestine. Arab Palestine was Jordan as I’ve noted previously. Now just where the UN, then or now, gets the legal “authority” to set borders and define states is risible. No, actually, it is non-existent. When the Brits left the mandate they did NOT accept or acknowledge the partition plan, nor did they turn over authority to anyone. When the Brits left the Israelis declared independence and they did NOT define their borders as those of the partition plan. One day later 5 odd Arabs states invaded Israel.

      So, let the over weening liberal thinkers tell me just who tried to be the “occupiers”, and successfully did so 1948 through 1967 in the West Bank and in Gaza. I am amused that the Egyptians did NOT want Gaza back when the time came. That’s more of what I’ve outlined previously.

      Going one absurd step further: Does the UN have the legal authority to tell the United States to let La Raza establish a sovereign state in California and Arizona? Can it mandate that Canada return the land of the Metis’ to their descendants and form a sovereign state? How about ordering Alaska to be handed over to Canada, or Russia … say hey, it’s certainly closer to Canada or Russia than the the lower 48.

      Same thing. That dog don’t hunt.

    • Oh, and when a respondent uses the word “interesting” I get nervous. :-)

  7. Earl says:

    OT: IDF bags another Gaza terror leader:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-14646349
    That hudna didn’t help the monster avoid justice…

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