November 29, 2012
Sometimes, you simply have the right to defend yourself.
Filed under Culture
Tagged with Defence, Israel, News, Terror, Terrorism, Video, War
About Fr Stephen SmutsTAC Priest in South Africa.
Father, I wonder whether it was mere coincidence that you posted this on the very day that the UN General Assembly voted by 138-9 to recognise Palestine as a state on the anniversary of Partition of Mandate Palestine.
Israel obviously opposed the motion, as did the USA. But usually the USA can persuade or strong-arm quite a few other countries into toeing the US line, in particular the NATO/EU allies. On this occasion it managed to corral only Canada, the Czech Republic, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Panama.
As compared to the vote on membership of UNESCO, there has been a significant switch in Europe. Sweden moved from “No” to “Yes”. Italy, Denmark, Switzerland, Portugal and Georgia all switched from “Abstain” to “Yes”. As one analyst in the Jerusalem Post put it:-
“Israel also faced a diplomatic defeat because it cannot snub its nose at the requests of the EU time after time, and then expect that when push comes to shove, the “quality democracies” will be there to give it diplomatic cover. The EU took a strategic decision not too long ago to actively and vociferously oppose every instance of construction in the settlements, including in post-1967 neighborhoods in Jerusalem like Ramot, Gilo and Pisgat Ze’ev. Israel took a strategic counter-decision to ignore those protests and complaints. That policy works fine, up to a point – the point where you actually need the EU.
One can argue whether Israel should or should not ignore EU pleas on the settlements, or not pay attention when European leaders demand that Israel take a diplomatic initiative, but one should not be surprised that when this is done time after time, then when Israel looks around hoping to see the EU behind it, it simply won’t be there. Continued construction in the settlements and the lack of a diplomatic initiative have eroded Israel’s diplomatic support in Europe to a degree many may only now realize.”
The UK abstained because Palestine would not give an assurance that it would not apply to sign up to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court – and that’s the giveaway as to why there has been such a barrage of propaganda coming from Israel and its supporters in the run-up to this vote. A consequence of General Assemby recognition as a state is that Palestine will now be able to sign up to the ICC and invoke its jurisdiction That has significant potential implcations for Israeli behaviour in the Occupied Territories.
Clearly pre-eminent enduring Original Sovereignties in this international scamming post Treaty of Westphalia twisted twin tale of two or several Sovereignties needs to be actively absorbed, accepted, acknowledge, addressed, redressed
Here is the Connunique from the Vatican: The Holy See welcomes the decision of the UN by which Palestine has become an Observer State
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