In a direct declaration of defiance of the United Nations today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that no matter how the U.N. General Assembly votes today on “Palestinian statehood,” Israel will stand firm in defense of its interests in protecting its citizens against terrorism and preserving “the 4,000 year old bond between Israel and the land of Israel.”
The United Nations plans to strip Israel of land that has been held by the Hebrews and their descendants, on and off, since 3,000 B.C. The entire region was seized by Muslims centuries ago and held firmly in the grip of Islam until 1948 when the Jewish homeland was reestablished.
After World War II, President Harry Truman and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill pressured the newly formed United Nations to reestablish Israel as the Jewish homeland in a region where they had been forced out by forces hostile to their culture and religion, and even to their very existence.
But according to the original terms of the U.N. resolution in 1948, Israel would not be given the most sacred and cherished parts of the nation, found in “old Jerusalem.” And as long as Muslims maintained control of that area, both Christians and Jews were prevented from having access to their holiest sites.
The 1967 war changed all of that, when Israel fought against hostile forces in the region that placed the nation under constant attack. Not only did Israel prevail but it seized areas that had been part of the ancient Jewish nation that had been kept under the control of Muslims. This included East Jerusalem and the sector known as “old Jerusalem.”
Since the 1967 war Muslim nations in the region have been attempting to re-seize the areas Israel won. The vast majority of these nations do not believe that Israel has a right to exist at all but have stated repeatedly that their ultimate goal is to wipe Israel off the map and seize the entire region for Islam.
Netanyahu, however, had a pointed message for the United Nations today, stating,
Israel is prepared to live in peace with a Palestinian state, but for peace to endure, Israel’s security must be protected. The Palestinians must recognize the Jewish state and they must be prepared to end the conflict with Israel once and for all.
None of these vital interests, these vital interests of peace, none of them appear in the resolution that will be put forward before the General Assembly today and that is why Israel cannot accept it. The only way to achieve peace is through agreements that are reached by the parties directly; through valid negotiations between themselves, and not through UN resolutions that completely ignore Israels vital security and national interests. And because this resolution is so one-sided, it doesn’t advance peace, it pushes it backwards.
As for the rights of the Jewish people in this land, I have a simple message for those people gathered in the General Assembly today: No decision by the UN can break the 4000-year-old bond between the people of Israel and the land of Israel.”
Some experts on the Middle East, thus, believe that the vote in favor of Palestinian statehood today will do nothing to settle the conflict but raise tensions even further, making war much more likely in the long term.
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