Beyond the Cusp

September 19, 2011

Israel’s Coming Bad Week at the United Nations

It will be at best a very rough week for Israeli interests and at worst a complete and humiliating disaster this coming week at the United Nations. The two most anticipated events in New York this week will be the Durban III Conference celebrating the ten year anniversary of the original Durban World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance and the Palestinian petitioning for recognition as a member nation joining the United Nations which they have said they will submit on Friday. With such a full schedule with such portents of disaster, supporters of Israel must be wondering what else could possibly go wrong, well, go wrong beyond the distinct possibility of massive celebrations should the Palestinian State be recognized and granted membership which could turn into violent attacks against the Jews living in Judea and Samaria, or massive riots that begin with the full intent of making Israelis pay for any decision that denies the Palestinian State recognition for full member nation status, even should such be resultant from actions such as the United States using their veto if such petition is filed with the Security Council. The one seemingly guaranteed result will be some upgrade for the Palestinians in their status with regards to the United Nations as it is fairly certain that the General Assembly will vote to grant them similar status as that given to the Vatican City.

Taking these events in their chronological order, the first event on the schedule this week will be the Durban III Conference. Where the conference itself will revisit and once again extend the life of the spirit of the first Durban Conference which was held August 31 to September 7, 2001, in Durban, South Africa. The original conference was taken over by anti-Israel, anti-Zionist, anti-Semitic influences and resulted in Israel and the United States to walk-out of the conference denouncing the entire proceedings. The United States, Canada, France, Israel and numerous other countries have announced their intent to boycott the Durban III conference siting the single-minded hatred of Israel that has solely occupied the discussions, resolutions and every function to the point of absurdity while ignoring any problems anywhere else in the world. By Durban definition, Israel, and by association, Jews, are the singular source of all racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance existing in the world today. Where this is a slightly different version and combination of many of the oldest libels, the singularity with which over one hundred nations of the world have joined in tacit support of such hatred is frightening and an unprecedented foreboding. Durban III would suffice to make any week a really evil omen for Israel and her supporters, but it is simply the introductory blow Israel will need to endure this week.

Should everything go as tentatively scheduled, the week will end with the Palestinian petition of the Security Council to be recommended for full membership as a nation in the United Nations pending approval by the General Assembly. Even if denied recommendation, the Palestinian representatives still intend to apply to the General Assembly to at a minimum be granted non-member nation status by the General Assembly. This second proposition is fully expected at this time to be a virtually guarantee for approval. Where this recognition is a non-binding resolution and does not carry the same weight as would any recognition given by the Security Council, this would still provide the Palestinians with a springboard they could utilize to press for further recognitions from other nations and pressure Israel with a more established fact or could sue for recognition and the assistance in forcing the point against Israel. Once the Palestinian has the recognition by sufficient countries of the General Assembly they can then parlay this into something more permanent without necessitating further negotiations with the Israelis. Such a path would eventually reach a critical point where the choices would be for one side to back down and seek a mutually negotiated resolution or risk violence that risks an all or nothing solution.

This will be an eventful week, if nothing more. More likely is that where the Durban III Conference will result in exactly what everybody expects and will have no real consequential influence on the future. I think everybody already realized that the Jews and Israel have their detractors and those who would celebrate their eradication from our world. The Durban III Conference is not changing this reality; it is simply giving it a brief voice that has already faded from its initial occurrence at the first Durban Conference in 2001 which was quickly relegated to distant memory with the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001. The successive Durban Conferences are but empty echoes of an initial shouted claim that was drowned by the crashing of the planes less than a week later. On the other hand, the Palestinian machinations are simply the beginning of potentially a new phase in the long-running aspirations of the Arab and Muslim worlds to eradicate Israel from the map. Where Durban is the reminder of the hatred that has continued throughout the ages, the Palestinians are the latest actuation of that hatred and the tip of the spear currently yielded in the current waves of anti-Semitism.

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