U.N. Palestinian Fiasco

I’ve never been a fan of Dr. Alan Dershowitz, I suppose its just his demeanor and lawyerly mien that exemplifies the over specialization that I’ve always disliked, especially how such posture is the antithesis of the purpose of education itself.   He has however, written a very engaging and timely opinion for the editorial pages of the Wall St. Journal September 13, 2011.

The United Nations political move toward unilateral recognition of a State of Palestine “will only encourage another Palestinian intifada.”  This is true especially regarding how the Israeli’s have urged Abbas toward the negotiating table without any preconditions.  This is to be interpreted as beneficial toward the growth of civil society throughout Palestine by encouraging both parties to submit proposals regarding borders, the right of return, recognition of Israel, the growth and pace of settlements and frankly anything else the Palestinians would seek as part of a negotiated settlement.

This fracas was best written of by Shmuel Ktaz and Dennis Ross, for they had the intellectual integrity that used to be the coin of the realm regarding political statecraft.  If you are interested in trying your hand at the Peace Process go to either author for succinct engagement with cogent analysis.

Sixty-three years ago the U.N. recommended partition of former British Mandate into two States:  Jewish and Arab Palestine.  Within the U.N. itself, Russia, China, The United States and numerous other great powers recognized this political solution.  It was the Arab world that unanimously rejected the U.N. partition plan and sought policies that preserved the grievances of the Palestinian Arabs.  This is the origin of the ‘settlement camps’ that are financed by both Saudi’s and Teheran through proxies.  The Arabs use the term ‘nakba’ denoting ‘the catastrophe’, but a more accurate gasp would detail a Satanic policy whereby Arabs sought to politicize, radicalize the lives of those brought up in refugee camps. Self determination, the sanctity of conscience and the dignity of human individuality never entered into the political lexicon of Arab power players throughout the region.

What the U.N. and those directly involved in preserving the status quo among the power brokers of Arabia are striving for is an attempt to undo the old work that the U.N. did 63 years ago.  In so doing, this politicization of what ought to be bilateral negotiations will in effect undermine the resolution authority invested in the U.N.  How can continued violence surmount politics?  It cannot.  How can a unilateral political statement unalloyed from both Israel, the Palestinians and refugee’s settle what remains an intrinsically political dilemma?

The Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Bandar bin Sultan, said it best during the 2000-2001 negotiations, Arafat’s rejection of the Clinton-Barak Peace plan was called a ‘crime’ against the Palestinian people.

That ‘crime’ continues and will be exasperated by this U.N. fiasco.

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