Oct 20 2009
Good, couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of terrorist-supporters.
The UN Human Right Council’s endorsement Friday, Oct. 16, sent the anti-Israel Goldstone war crimes report to the UN Security Council. It was approved by a majority of 25 of the 47 HRC members with 6 voting against – the US, Holland, Italy, Ukraine, Hungary and Slovakia – with 11 abstentions; France and the UK were among the 5 nations who did not vote. Ultimately, this step could expose Israeli leaders to prosecution for war crimes. (And in the future, it could expose American and British military and political leaders, not to mention soldiers to the same thing for Iraq and Afghanistan)
The UN body administered one of the most damaging blows Israel diplomacy has suffered in recent years, condemning Israel for alleged war crimes in its 22-day Gaza operation last January (and not one word about Hamas) – but also for work in East Jerusalem such as housing construction and archeological excavations.
Its endorsement has effectively buried the stalled peace process between Israel and Palestinian Authority.
In any case, Mahmoud Abbas refused to come to the negotiating table when challenged for the umpteenth time by President Barack Obama’s special envoy George Mitchell in Ramallah last week, bringing the US president’s entire Middle East peace venture tumbling down.
Netanyahu failed even to persuade French president Nicolas Sarkozy – described by President Shimon Peres as “a great friend of Israel,” and the British prime minister George Brown, with whom he had a heated telephone conversation Thursday night – to vote against the HRC motion. That neither was prepared to oppose Israel’s condemnation for war crimes means that Jerusalem cannot count on French or British support for curbing Iran’s drive for a nuclear weapon. (Pussies)
While Abbas and his close circle celebrated their victory, Israel spokesmen pointed out its impact on the US-led NATO war on terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq that must be considered. However, no NATO nation has yet been hauled before a UN commission of inquiry or faulted by the world body for killing civilians. Israel’s operation to protect its population against terrorists embedded in civilian locations was.
Israel cannot be expected to sit down and talk to Abbas in this situation, even if the Palestinian leader were willing, which he is not. In any case he has lost the right to speak for his people.
DEBKAfile‘s Middle East sources note that the Palestinians have reached a point of no return, to which Washington and Jerusalem are turning a blind eye: Hamas has finally rejected any unity deal with Abbas’ Fatah and thus blocked the formation of an agreed delegation for peace talks. The West Bank and Gaza Strip have parted for good: they are distinct Palestinian entities and Abbas’ authority is recognized by less than half of his people in those territories. DEBKA
By the way, Mr. Goldstone of the Goldstone Report says,“If this was a court of law, there would have been nothing proven.”
British Col. Richard Kemp, the former commander of the British forces in Afghanistan, testified that “During Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defence Forces did more to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone than any other army in the history of warfare.”
On the subject of Israel and Islamic terrorists…The IDF just released video footage of Hizbullah terrorists smuggling missiles and other weaponry out of a warehouse where an explosion occurred in southern Lebanon.
Israeli President Shimon Peres observed that the terrorist organization Hizbullah has turned Lebanon, formerly known as the “Switzerland of the Middle East,” into a “powder keg.” Peres said Hizbullah is as dangerous to Lebanon as Hamas is to the Palestinian Authority.
IDF military intelligence has estimated that the group currently possesses some 50,000 missiles, smuggled into the country through the Syrian border – more than twice the number it had before the start of the 2006 Second Lebanon War. A spokesman for the Israeli government pointed out that the incident offers further proof that Hizbullah continues to violate the terms of the U.N. ceasefire resolution that ended the five-week war.
The UNIFIL commander at the time said when the agreement was inked that there would be no way to enforce the resolution, which called for Hizbullah and all other “foreign armies” to disarm. (As if that would ever happen) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS
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