It was too good to be true

I celebrated too early in respect of the (now not) cancelled vote in UNESCO about the denial of any Jewish connection to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.

As of today, UNESCO has pretty much fulfilled Israeli Ambassador to the UN Abba Eban’s witty prescience when he caustically remarked:

If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions.

At the last minute Mexico withdrew its withdrawal (or something to that effect), thus enabling the ratification of one of the absurdest votes in the annals of the UN to go ahead.

According to UNESCO, there is no reason why Jews should be reading their holy Torah at the Kotel, the Western Wall, in Jerusalem

According to UNESCO, there is no reason why Jews should be reading their holy Torah at the Kotel, the Western Wall, in Jerusalem

UNESCO’s Executive Board on Tuesday afternoon ratified a 24-6 vote taken last week on a resolution that ignored Jewish ties to the Temple Mount.

Under pressure from Western states, Mexico backed away from its initial intention to call for a new vote on the resolution so that it could withdraw its support from the resolution.

Instead Mexico noted for the record that its position on the matter was one of abstention, but its statement does not technically change the vote numerical count as the 58-member board wrapped up its 200th session in Paris.

Mexico’s Foreign Ministry posted a statement on its web site that it had abstained in recognition of the undeniable Jewish cultural heritage that is located in east Jerusalem.

It added that it was also doing so out of a deep appreciation for the contribution the Jewish community has played in Mexico’s economic, social and cultural development.

Brazil also spoke at the final board session and indicated that it was unlikely to support such resolutions in the future.

Israel’s Ambassador to UNESCO Carmel Shama-Hacohen said after the ratification, “We have moved forward a step-and-a-half toward dismantling the automatic majority that the Palestinians and the Arab states have against Israel.”

“Mexico has taken a full step toward abandoning support of the Palestinians, after years of voting without hesitation against Israel.

“The best surprise of the morning,” he said,  “is Brazil’s notification that while it did not change its vote this time, it will find it difficult not to do, if there is a resolution with another text that disregards the Jewish people’s connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall,” Shama-Hacohen said.

I find that all cold comfort. What is the point of a pro-Israel vote next time? What was so difficult in voting for Israel this time?

The following paragraphs give us an insight into the machinations behind the voting system:

Israel had initially expected that a number of countries would ask for a delay in voting on the resolution all together.

The board’s chairman Michael Worbs had appeared to be in favor of the delay, both because he opposed the resolution and also because he wanted to see a consensus text on Jerusalem brought before the board.

By Saturday night, however, UNESCO’s Arab group pressured Worbs to recuse himself from the proceedings and to hand the matter over to one of his deputies, diplomatic sources told The Jerusalem Post.

On Tuesday, it was Western countries who pressured Mexico not to call for a new vote on the resolution that spoke of the Temple Mount and it’s adjoining Western Wall almost solely by its Muslim names of Al-Haram Al-Sharif and the Buraq Wall.

Western countries, however, are afraid that Mexico’s actions would empower similar calls for new votes on other resolutions that initially passed by consensus, Shama-Hacohen said.

In other words consensus is all. Never mind that the consensus agrees that black is white, and night is day. The main thing is consensus. How pathetic. How juvenile.

This would be a good moment to remind ourselves of something else that the quotable Abba Eban had to say – this time about consensus:

A consensus means that everyone agrees to say collectively what no one believes individually.

And that pretty much sums up the essence of this disgraceful vote.

But here is some good news that salvages Jerusalem’s dignity: dozens of international parliamentarians have come to Jerusalem “to affirm their support for the city as the eternal and undivided capital of the Jewish state.”

Lawmakers attending the conference come from such diverse countries as the Netherlands, Finland, Latvia, Spain, Switzerland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Malawi, South Africa, Uruguay, Costa Rica, and Chile. Speakers will include former minister Gideon Sa’ar, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Michael Oren, and outgoing Foreign Ministry director-general Dore Gold, in his first public address since he quit last week.

Reacting to the UNESCO Jerusalem controversy, the parliamentarians will draft and sign a resolution declaring their support for Jerusalem as the eternal and undivided capital of Israel and formally submit it to Oren.

The MPs, who chair Israel Allies caucuses in their countries, will take a strategic, geopolitical tour of Jerusalem and the surrounding areas in Judea and Samaria, including Gush Etzion.

The tour will begin in Hebron, where the group will visit the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

“From Africa to Europe to South America, faith-based diplomacy has proven to be the only reliable and effective way to guarantee concrete political support for the State of Israel and its undivided capital, Jerusalem,” said Josh Reinstein, Israel Allies Foundation executive vice president.

A hearty thank you and kol hakavod to The World Jewish Congress, the Israel Allies Foundation and the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem for restoring my faith in international diplomacy.

And as for the rest of the bunch, those who would deny the Jews’ – and by extension the Christians’ and yes, even the Muslims’ – connection to Jerusalem, I would refer you back to the warning handed down by our Prophets and which we read on the first day of Succot which I quoted at the end of my previous post.

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9 Responses to It was too good to be true

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  2. Reality says:

    As you say,what good does it mean that these perfidious countries will vote in favour of Israel next time!Seriously?who knows what ridiculous vote will be brought about next time?Who thought this type of vote would be put forward?Either put up or shut up,I say.Iis all very nice and sweet that various leaders,politicians from these perfidious countries are coming to Jerusalem to take a stand,but I wonder whether if we had made them persona non grata ,would they have pressured their UN representatives in this vote?
    It’s definitely time to leave the UN and all it’s follies.

    • anneinpt says:

      I don’t think that making pro-Israel politicians persona non grata would have the desired effect. We could do it to those countries’ ambassadors or other officials, and Israel has already announced it won’t be cooperating any more with UNESCO.

      But I agree 100%, it’s way beyond time that Israel left the UN and all its associated corrupt bodies.

  3. YJ Draiman says:

    Soon UNESCO will pass a resolution that the Vatican is not Christian, do you think it will be accepted? After all the Muslims are forcing all Christians to leave their countries.

    I think most educated people know the truth. UNESCO and UN resolutions are paper documents that have less value than toilet paper. The UN and its agencies are building up to their own demise, which is coming soon.

    • anneinpt says:

      I really truly hope you are right that the UN will soon implode under the weight fo its own corruption.

      But in that case why do we – all the civilized Western countries – treat it with such respect and obey its outrageous resolutions? What is the point of it all?

  4. YJ Draiman says:

    The UN must be dismantled. It is a criminal enterprise.

    As an example of the way in which the principles of pan-Arab national self-determination then applied to Israel, Stone cited:
    a letter dated February 20, 1980 to the Secretary-General, transmitted for UN circulation to the General Assembly and the Security Council in connection with item 26 of A/35/11000-S/13816 (Situation in the Middle East) [which] declared a propos of inclusion in the Charter of a principle of non-use of force:
    “The principle of non-use of force shall apply to the relations of the Arab Nation and Arab States with the nations and countries neighboring the Arab homeland. Naturally, as you know, the Zionist entity is not included, because the Zionist entity is not considered a State, but a deformed entity occupying an Arab territory. It is not covered by these principles.

    How many holidays do the Arabs-Muslims celebrate due to historical events in the land of ancient Israel and Jerusalem. r9
    The Jewish people celebrate most of their holidays and fast days in memory of Jerusalem and Israel since 70 AD (that is over 2,000 years).
    Jewish people pray at least 3 times a day, remembering Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple destruction. Pleading the Jewish goal and aspiration to return to Israel and rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem – where it was before it was destroyed and desecrated by the enemies of the Jews. Most of the Jewish prayers for thousands of years recite the love of Israel and the Jewish aspirations to return to their ancestral land and bring back its glory and holiness.
    At Jewish weddings they break a glass in memory of Jerusalem and the aspiration to return and build the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
    Every day at the end of the meal the Jews recite a blessing and thank G-d for providing sustenance and beseech G-d to return and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.
    Most Jewish prayers mention our glorious memory of Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple and pleading to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple.
    YJ Draiman

    • anneinpt says:

      All the criminals at the UN know full well the Jewish connection to Jerusalem. It’s one of those “duh” things that everyone knows. And if they don’t know it’s simply because they don’t want to know. The whole thing is ridiculous that we are forced to plead our case and beg the world to acknowledge our connection to Jerusalem. More than ridiculous, it is hateful and obscene.

      Forcing the Jews to plead their case to the goyim is reminiscent of the medieval debates in which the Jews were forced to present their “case” to the rulers, to prevent themselves being murdered. And it rarely worked.

      We should walk out of the UN ad not look back. RRW’s suggestion int he next comment is excellent.

  5. RRW says:

    I suggest Israel starts a new organization call the Jewish-Christian Alliance. With headquaters in Jerusalem. Arab Nations should not be allowed entrance at all. The purpose of this organization is to pass resolutions decrying all the real evil in the world (read muslim and other dictatorships) . This organization will counter all the UN resolutions so that it is balanced. In addition, each joining country will be required to be able to pass sanctions on the offending countries – so at least the Alliance has some bite.
    I doubt it will actually happen – but its a hope…

    • anneinpt says:

      Your suggestion is excellent. In fact I have heard it mooted several times before, but rather than concentrating on Israel, it was suggested that an organization of democratic nations be organized. No dictatorships, no terrorist regimes…

      You never know, it might yet happen, what with ISIS and Syria and Russia.

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