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Ban Ki-moon’s last hypocritical hurrah

December 21, 2016

Ban Ki-moon’s last hypocritical hurrah, Israel Hayom, Ruthie Blum, December 21, 2016

The outgoing secretary-general of the United Nations outdid himself this week. In his final briefing ‎to the U.N. Security Council on Friday, Ban Ki-moon said, “Over the last decade, I have argued that ‎we cannot have a bias against Israel at the U.N. Decades of political maneuvering have created a ‎disproportionate number of resolutions, reports and committees against Israel. In many cases, ‎instead of helping the Palestinian issue, this reality has foiled the ability of the U.N. to fulfill its role ‎effectively.”‎

Listening to the head of the international body that long ago ceased to fulfill any role other than that ‎of providing a platform for despots, one might have mistaken him for an innocent bystander whose ‎voice has been drowned out by the cacophony against the Jewish state.

In fact, Ban is a prominent ‎member of the Israel-bashing choir he has been conducting for the past 10 years, taking every ‎opportunity to equate the only democracy in the Middle East with the forces bent on its destruction ‎and on the subjugation of the West.

Indeed, he even performed this feat in his farewell address, admonishing both Israel and the ‎terrorist organization that rules the Gaza Strip in the same breath. Israel, he warned, “needs to ‎understand the reality that a democratic state, which is run by the rule of the law, which continues to ‎militarily occupy the Palestinian people, will still generate criticism and calls to hold her accountable.” ‎Hamas, with its “anti-Semitic charter, which seeks to destroy Israel,” he said, should “condemn ‎violence once and for all and recognize Israel’s right to exist.”‎

He conveniently forgot to mention that Israel withdrew completely from Gaza in 2005, and that ‎Hamas — which took control over the enclave two years later — has no reason to “condemn” the ‎violence against Jews that it perpetrates and promotes.‎

But no matter. Ban, like the rest of his cohorts at the U.N., never lets facts get in the way of ‎ideology. Nor do his own contradictions in terms cause him to pause, which is why he had no ‎problem saying that though the Palestinian conflict is not at the root of the other wars in the Middle ‎East, “its resolution can create momentum in the region.” If he has some notion of how, exactly, the ‎mass murder of Syrians at the hands of the Russian- and Iranian-backed regime of President ‎Bashar Assad and rebel forces would be affected by some deal between Jerusalem and Ramallah, ‎he is keeping it under wraps.‎

What he has never been quiet about, however, is his belief that Israelis are responsible for ‎Palestinian terrorism, and his hurt feelings when called to task for holding this view. Take last ‎January, when Ban said it was “human nature” for downtrodden people like the ‎Palestinians ‎to express their frustration through violence. This caused a stir among defenders of ‎Israel, particularly since the U.N. chief had never made a similar statement about, say al-Qaida, ‎Islamic State ‎or Boko Haram — the group that, at the end of the same month, burned 86 Nigerian ‎villagers alive, ‎among them many children.‎

Offended at the mere suggestion that he had justified Palestinian terrorism‎, ‎Ban penned an op‎-‎ed ‏in The New York Times ‏‎–‎‏ titled ‏‎”‎Don‎’‎t shoot the messenger‎, ‎Israel‎” –‎‏ to claim that his words had ‏been unfairly ‏‎”‎twisted‎.” ‎To prove that he had been misquoted‎, ‎he clarified‎, ‎‏”‏The stabbings‏, ‏vehicle‏-‏rammings and other attacks by Palestinians targeting Israeli civilians are reprehensible‎. So, ‎too, are ‎the incitement of violence and the glorification of killers. Nothing excuses terrorism. I ‎condemn it ‎categorically.”‎

Then, without skipping a beat, he proceeded to blame Israel.‏

‎”It is inconceivable … that security measures alone will stop the violence,” he wrote. “As I warned ‎the ‎Security Council last week, Palestinian frustration and grievances are growing under the weight ‎‎of nearly a half-century of occupation. Ignoring this won’t make it disappear. No one can deny ‎that ‎the everyday reality of occupation provokes anger and despair, which are major drivers of ‎violence ‎and extremism and Israeli settlements keep expanding. … Palestinians — especially ‎young people — ‎are losing hope over what seems a harsh, humiliating and endless occupation.”‎

Given his false depiction of the situation — including by omitting Israel’s ‎withdrawal from more ‎than 90% of the territory it obtained after the attempt of surrounding ‎Arab armies to obliterate it in ‎the Six-Day War — it stood to reason that his proposed solutions would be preposterous.‎‏ And they ‏were.‏

‎”We continue to work with Israel and the Palestinian Authority to rebuild Gaza and prevent ‎another ‎devastating conflict, and to press Palestinians for genuine national reconciliation,” he ‎wrote, ‎ignoring the fact that it has been impossible to “rebuild” Gaza, when Hamas has used all ‎the ‎American and European funds provided for this purpose to rebuild all its terror tunnels ‎through ‎which to kidnap and kill Israelis — and boast about this in video clips.‎

However‎, ‎he said ‎he was ‏‎”‎disturbed‎ by statements from senior members of Israel’s government ‎that the ‎aim [for a two-state solution] should be abandoned altogether”‎‏ because the‎ “stalemate” will ‎lead to “a corrosion ‎of the moral foundation of Israeli and Palestinian societies, ever more inured to ‎the pain of the ‎other.”‎‏

After attacking Israel for “lashing out at every well-‎intentioned critic,” ‏Ban concluded that ‎‎”the status quo is untenable. Keeping another people under indefinite ‎occupation undermines the ‎security and the future of both Israelis and Palestinians.”‎

It takes serious nerve for someone who has exhibited anti‎-‎Israel bias for years to bemoan the ‏practice‎. ‎But then ‎hypocrisy is what Ban and the U‎.‎N‎. ‎are all about‎.‎

UN’s Ban Ki-moon admits threats resulted in Saudi-led coalition being removed from blacklist

June 10, 2016

UN’s Ban Ki-moon admits threats resulted in Saudi-led coalition being removed from blacklist

Published time: 9 Jun, 2016 16:23 Edited time: 9 Jun, 2016 21:19

Source: UN’s Ban Ki-moon admits threats resulted in Saudi-led coalition being removed from blacklist — RT News

 

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has admitted that his decision to remove the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen from the organization’s blacklist came after threats from a number of countries. Human rights groups are urging him to backtrack on the decision.

Ban said on Thursday that temporarily removing the coalition from the blacklist was “one of the most painful and difficult decisions I have had to make,” and that it raised “the very real prospect that millions of other children would suffer grievously.”

“Children already at risk in Palestine, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen and so many other places would fall further into despair,” he told reporters.

The UN secretary-general added that “it is unacceptable for member states to exert undue pressure…scrutiny is a natural and necessary part of the work of the United Nations.”

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Ban did not specifically mention the Saudi-led coalition in his remarks.

It comes after a diplomatic source told Reuters on condition of anonymity that the UN was faced with “bullying, threats [and] pressure” from Riyadh, adding that it was “real blackmail.”

The source also said there was a threat of “clerics in Riyadh meeting to issue a fatwa against the UN, declaring it anti-Muslim, which would mean no contacts of OIC [Organisation of Islamic Cooperation] members, no relations, contributions, support, to any UN projects [or] programs.”

A fatwa is a legal opinion used in sharia law. In Saudi Arabia, they can only be issued by the group of top, government-appointed clerics and are sometimes commissioned by the ruling family to back up its political positions.

In addition, several diplomatic sources said the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) would be hit especially hard if the blacklisting were upheld. Saudi Arabia was the fourth-biggest donor to the UNRWA last year, supplying it with nearly US$100 million.

However, the Saudi Arabian government denied on Thursday that it had threatened the UN, Al Arabiya reported.

Saudi Arabia’s UN envoy, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, also stated that “we don’t use threats or intimidation,” and Riyadh is “very committed to the United Nations.” He also denied any threat of a fatwa, calling the notion “ridiculous” and “outrageous.” 

The UN’s removal of the coalition from the blacklist came on Monday, despite releasing a report the same day which said its campaign had caused 60 percent of child deaths and injuries in Yemen last year, killing 510 and wounding 667. It also blamed the coalition for half the attacks on schools and hospitals.

Speaking to RT, human rights activist Lama Fakih, a senior crisis adviser at Amnesty International, also stressed that the coalition had been responsible for child deaths in Yemen.

“We have seen for example attacks against schools rendering them unusable so that children have not been able to start the academic year. We’ve seen the Saudis also use banned cluster munitions which act as landmines when they are left in civilian areas and are particularly problematic for children, who mistake them for toys and move them around and end up being causalities of these weapons,” she said.

But following the report’s release, Mouallimi called the UN’s figures “wildly exaggerated” and asked for the report to be “corrected immediately so it does not reflect the accusations that have been made against the coalition and Saudi Arabia in particular.”

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Shi'ite Houthi rebels drive a patrol truck in Rada, Yemen. © Mohamed al-Sayaghi

“If there are any casualties from the coalition side, they would be far, far lower,” he added.

Meanwhile, rights groups including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and Oxfam wrote a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday, criticizing his decision to remove the coalition from the blacklist.

“If the Saudi-led Coalition wants to be removed from the list, it should stop killing and maiming children and bombing schools and hospitals in Yemen – the violations for which it was listed,” the groups wrote, as quoted by Reuters.

They went on to state that the removal undermines “an invaluable tool in efforts to curb violations against children in armed conflict.”

“The list creates pressure on parties to armed conflict to comply with international law. Over 20 governments and armed groups have signed UN action plans and taken steps to end violations against children in order to be considered for ‘de-listing,'” the groups continued.

The rights groups involved in the Wednesday letter said the move amounted to Ban capitulating to Saudi Arabia and tainting his legacy before stepping down at the end of the year.

Catherine Shakdam of the Shafaqna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies slammed the way the UN has acted with regards to Saudi Arabia as a double standard, adding that Saudis just don’t see the United Nations as an authority.

The UN is supposed to represent a political ideal and ensure countries abide by the rules of the international law. So far the Saudis have not played by the rules. Yemen is just holding a mirror to Saudi Arabia and to the kind of violations the Saudis feel they’re entitled to commit because no one will hold them accountable,” she told RT.
It’s not so much as the Saudi problem, we have a greater problem where the UN is completely [failing] the purpose of its creation which was to create a system in the society where people and countries would feel they have a higher authority.

Tensions in Yemen escalated after Shiite President Saleh was deposed in 2012 and his Houthi supporters, reportedly aided by Iran, eventually seized the capital city Sanaa in 2014. Houthi forces then advanced from Sanaa towards the south, seizing large parts of Yemen, and sending the current Sunni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi into exile.

In March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition responded with airstrikes in order to stop Houthi advances and reinstate Hadi back into power. By late summer of that year, the Saudi-led forces had launched a ground operation.

Over 6,500 people were killed in the conflict, including 3,218 civilians, from March 2015 to March 2016, according to the UN.

Gulf Countries Have ‘Closed The Doors’ To Syria’s Real Refugees – So Now UN Chief Ban Ki Moon Is Lecturing Britain And America

April 2, 2016

Gulf Countries Have ‘Closed The Doors’ To Syria’s Real Refugees – So Now UN Chief Ban Ki Moon Is Lecturing Britain And America, BreitbartRaheelm Kassam, March 30, 2016

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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has surfaced, once again to lecture the Anglosphere and the Western world about its “duties” to hurriedly absorb nearly half a million more Syrian migrants. The war-torn country’s surrounding nations, he argues, have done the heavy lifting already. Now the U.N. chief wants you and your communities to do more.

There is a misconception that all Syria’s neighbours have shrugged their shoulders towards their Muslim brethren, scorning the Ummah out of rugged self interest. It’s not strictly true. But the dichotomy presented – that it is us or them – is a false one, and one that European and American leaders should not be afraid to reject outright.

The New York Times reports that the Sec. General opened a conference in Geneva today, demanding “an exponential increase in global solidarity”, insisting that “Neighboring countries have done far more than their share” and imploring “Others [to] now step up.”

And of course the stress was on European Union member states and the United States of America to do more. The news follows quickly on the heels of Oxfam – one of the world’s most political charities – demanding that France, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Netherlands, and Denmark all take in more “refugees” and faster.

Of course of the nearly 5 million fleeing Syria, most of these remain in the Middle East, with countries like Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, and Jordan inundated by their neighbours. In part, this is what has spurred Turkey on to shipping their problems off into Europe –especially the Kurdish one.

It is noteworthy too, that Oxfam and Ban Ki Moon’s criticisms were levelled at Western nations not because we have the infrastructure or capability to deal with the influx (we don’t) – but because we are, apparently, “rich”. (We’ll just casually ignore our gargantuan debt crisis for the moment, shall we?)

But while the United Nations lumps the responsibility onto the West, you might ask why countries like Saudi Arabia, which claims to have absorbed around half a million Syrians, do not provide any data to support their statements. Indeed, in 2013, net migration of those deemed to be Syrian nationals stood at around just 20,000, with criticism aimed at the country for only accepting Syrians who already have families in the Kingdom.

A cartoon by Saudi artist Abdullah Jaber which reads, "Why don't you open your door? Don't be heartless!" is seen in this undated handout illustration released to the media on Wednesday, Sept. 02, 2015. As more Syrians suffocate and drown on the risky journey to Europe, a backlash is brewing against Gulf states, wealthy and overwhelmingly Sunni like the refugees, for not offering to host any of them. Source: Abdullah Jaber for Makkah newspaper EDITOR'S NOTE: NO SALES. EDITORIAL USE ONLY

A cartoon by Saudi artist Abdullah Jaber which reads, “Why don’t you open your door? Don’t be heartless!” is seen in this undated handout illustration released to the media on Wednesday, Sept. 02, 2015. As more Syrians suffocate and drown on the risky journey to Europe, a backlash is brewing against Gulf states, wealthy and overwhelmingly Sunni like the refugees, for not offering to host any of them. Source: Abdullah Jaber for Makkah newspaper EDITOR’S NOTE: NO SALES. EDITORIAL USE ONLY

In fact countries that could take more, and haven’t remain free of criticism, presumably because they aren’t signatories to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention. This isn’t a sign that we are better. It’s a sign that we are dumber. We as Western nations afford moral and political equivalence for almost all other countries around the world nowadays (most recently, Cuba and Iran) but we don’t make the same demands of these countries as we place upon ourselves.

What about Malaysia? Why can’t they take more migrants and refugees?

Indonesia? India? China? Argentina?

Has Ban Ki Moon lobbied his home nation, South Korea?

It’s almost as if there’s a whole world out there.

But the onus is, apparently, on Britain, France, and America. We are destined to follow Germany’s lead, a country now inundated with migrants not just from Syria, because Mrs. Merkel stupidly threw her doors open and declared, “Come one, come all!”

Perhaps we should look to the words of Batal, a Syrian refugee who spoke to Bloomberg, for why the pressure is being placed on Western countries and the Anglosphere: “In Europe, I can get treatment for my polio, educate my children, have shelter and live an honorable life… Gulf countries have closed their doors in the face of Syrians.”

United Nations: ISIS Has 34 Affiliates Worldwide

February 7, 2016

United Nations: ISIS Has 34 Affiliates Worldwide, Clarion Project, February 7, 2016

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By the end of last year, 34 organizations had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said February 5. That number will continue to rise in 2016, he warned.

“The recent expansion of the [Daesh] sphere of influence across west and north Africa, the Middle East and south and southeast Asia demonstrates the speed and scale at which the gravity of the threat has evolved in just 18 months,” he said.

The secretary general added ISIS is the wealthiest terrorist organization, with revenues of up to $500 million in 2015.

The private counter-terrorism company IntelCenter puts the number of affiliates and supporters at 43:

1.       al-I’tisam of the Koran and Sunnah [Sudan] – 1 Aug. 2014 – Support

2.       Abu Sayyaf Group [Philippines] – 25 Jun. 2014 – Support

3.       Ansar al-Khilafah [Philippines] – 14 Aug. 2014 – Allegiance

4.       Ansar al-Tawhid in India [India] – 4 Oct. 2014 – Allegiance

5.       Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) [Phillippines] – 13 Aug. 2014 – Support

6.       Bangsmoro Justice Movement (BJM) [Phillippines] – 11 Sep. 2014 – Support

7.       Jemaah Islamiyah [Philippines] 27 Apr. 2015 – Allegiance

8.       al-Huda Battalion in Maghreb of Islam [Algeria] – 30 Jun. 2014 – Allegiance

9.       The Soldiers of the Caliphate in Algeria [Algeria] – 30 Sep. 2014 – Allegiance

10.   al-Ghurabaa [Algeria] – 7 Jul. 2015 – Allegiance

11.   Djamaat Houmat ad-Da’wa as-Salafiya (DHDS) [Algeria] 19 Sep. 2015 – Allegiance

12.   al-Ansar Battalion [Algeria] 4 Sep. 2015 – Allegiance

13.   Jundullah [Pakistan] – 17 Nov. 2014 – Support

14.   Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) [Pakistan/Uzbekistan] Video – 31 Jul. 2015 – Allegiance

15.   Tehreek-e-Khilafat [Pakistan] – 9 Jul. 2014 – Allegiance

16.   Leaders of the Mujahid in Khorasan (ten former TTP commanders) [Pakistan] – 10 Jan. 2015 – Allegiance

17.   Islamic Youth Shura Council [Libya] – 22 Jun. 2014 – Support

18.   Jaish al-Sahabah in the Levant [Syria] – 1 Jul. 2014 – Allegiance

19.   Martyrs of al-Yarmouk Brigade [Syria] – Dec. 2014 – Part of IS – Allegiance

20.   Faction of Katibat al-Imam Bukhari [Syria] – 29 Oct. 2014 – Allegiance

21.   Jamaat Ansar Bait al-Maqdis [Egypt] – 30 Jun. 2014 – Allegiance

22.   Jund al-Khilafah in Egypt [Egypt] – 23 Sep. 2014 – Allegiance

23.   Liwa Ahrar al-Sunna in Baalbek [Lebanon] – 30 Jun. 2014 – Allegiance

24.   Islamic State Libya (Darnah) [Libya] – 9 Nov. 2014 – Allegiance

25.   Lions of Libya [Libya] (Unconfirmed) – 24 Sep. 2014 – [Support/Allegiance]

26.   Shura Council of Shabab al-Islam Darnah [Libya] – 6 Oct. 2014 – Allegiance

27.   Jemaah Anshorut Tauhid (JAT) [Indonesia] – Aug. 2014 – Allegiance

28.   Mujahideen Indonesia Timor (MIT) [Indonesia] – 1 Jul. 2014 – Allegiance

29.   Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem (MSCJ) [Egypt] – 1 Oct. 2014 – Support

30.   Okba Ibn Nafaa Battalion [Tunisia] – 20 Sep. 2014 – Support

31.   Jund al-Khilafah in Tunisia [Tunisia] – 31 Mar. 2015 – Allegiance

32.   Central Sector of Kabardino-Balakria of the Caucasus Emirate (CE) [Russia] – 26 Apr. 2015 – Allegiance

33.   Mujahideen of Tunisia of Kairouan [Tunisia] 18 May 2015 – Allegiance

34.   Mujahideen of Yemen [Yemen] – 10 Nov. 2014 – Allegiance

35.   Supporters for the Islamic State in Yemen [Yemen] – 4 Sep. 2014 – Allegiance

36.   al-Tawheed Brigade in Khorasan [Afghanistan] – 23 Sep. 2014 – Allegiance

37.   Heroes of Islam Brigade in Khorasan [Afghanistan] – 30 Sep. 2014 – Allegiance

38.   Supporters of the Islamic State in the Land of the Two Holy Mosques [Saudi Arabia] – 2 Dec. 2014 – Support

39.   Ansar al-Islam [Iraq] – 8 Jan. 2015 – Allegiance

40.   Boko Haram [Nigeria] – 7 Mar. 2015 – Allegiance

41.   The Nokhchico Wilayat of the Caucasus Emirate (CE) [Russia] – 15 Jun. 2015 – Allegiance

42.   al-Ansar Battalion [Algeria] – 4 Sep. 2015 – Allegiance

43.   al-Shabaab Jubba Region Cell Bashir Abu Numan [Somalia]- 7 Dec. 2015 – Allegiance

Here Ban Ki-moon summarizes the U.N.’s position on ISIS:

 

The Really Insane Thing About Ban Ki-Moon’s Speech

January 28, 2016

The Really Insane Thing About Ban Ki-Moon’s Speech, AlgemeinerElder of Ziyon, January 27, 2016

(H/t The Jewish Press

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— DM)

Ban-Ki-Moon-270x300United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, pictured, this week addressed the Security Council “on the situation in the Middle East.” Photo: World Economic Forum.

Yes, it is outrageous that Ban Ki Moon essentially called terror attacks a natural result of “occupation,” and Netanyahu was right in slamming him for it.

But that wasn’t the strangest part of the speech.

The title of Ban Ki-Moon’s talk was “Secretary-General’s remarks to the Security Council on the Situation in the Middle East.”

There were 52 paragraphs in the speech according to the official UN record.

Of those 52, three were about Lebanon. Two referred to Syria – one about refugees and one about the Golan.

The entire rest of the speech was about Israel and the Palestinians.

The Secretary General of the UN gives an overview of the Middle East without mentioning Syrian atrocities, without mentioning Iraqi instability, without even mentioning ISIS.

Nothing about Iran. Nothing about Saudi Arabia, which is killing more civilians in Yemen than Israel did in Gaza. Nothing about Egypt or Libya. Not a word about Kurds.

On the contrary – Ban Ki Moon implied that if only Israel would just give some more concessions, then the rest of the region would be inspired to make peace. “As the wider Middle East continues to be gripped by a relentless wave of extremist terror, Israelis and Palestinians have an opportunity to restore hope to a region torn apart by intolerance and cruelty.”

The word “obsession” hardly does justice to the single-minded Israel fetish at the UN.

But, yes, we must also be angry at the Secretary General’s justification for terror.

OPCW finds chemical weapons use during rebels vs ISIS fighting in Syria

November 6, 2015

OPCW finds chemical weapons use during rebels vs ISIS fighting in Syria

Reuters Published time: 6 Nov, 2015 04:37 Edited time: 6 Nov, 2015 04:38

Source: OPCW finds chemical weapons use during rebels vs ISIS fighting in Syria – Reuters — RT News

 

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A new report reveals that mustard gas was used during fighting between Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS/ISIL) and other militant groups in a Syrian town, Reuters has reported, citing an undisclosed paper by the international chemical arms watchdog.

READ MORE: US begins training ‘moderate rebels’ on Syrian territory – report

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) released a confidential report on October 29, revealing the latest use of chemical weapons in Syria.

The summary of the report seen by Reuters concluded “with the utmost confidence that at least two people were exposed to sulfur mustard [on August 21]” in the town of Marea, located north of Aleppo.

“It is very likely that the effects of sulfur mustard resulted in the death of a baby,” the report added.

Notably, it is unclear which militant group used the mustard gas, as the OPCW is not tasked with identifying who used the chemical weapon.

Sulfur mustard is known to lead to severe delayed burns to the eyes, skin and lungs.

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‘ISIS used chemical weapons in Iraq in August’: Kurds cite blood tests http://on.rt.com/6tbq 

Diplomacy: Looking for ways to douse the spark

October 23, 2015

Diplomacy: Looking for ways to douse the spark, Jerusalem PostHerb Keinon, October 23, 2015

(They “dance around in a ring and suppose, but the secret sits in the middle and knows,” with apologies to Robert Frost. — DM)

ShowImage (15)Netanyahu and Kerry meeting in Berlin. (photo credit:AMOS BEN-GERSHOM/GPO)

And now the diplomatic dance begins, again.

After three weeks of runaway terrorism on the streets, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived for a quick visit midweek; US Secretary of State John Kerry – after meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday in Berlin – is expected to meet on Saturday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman, along with Jordan’s King Hussein; EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is doing the same; and the French are floating various proposals to take to the UN Security Council.

All predictable, all the traditional steps taken in a time of Mideast crisis.

Ban did what Ban does in these situations – he comes, meets with both sides, issues platitudes about the need for both sides to show restraint, and declares how important it is to keep that light of hope burning.

The UN secretary-general dutifully fulfilled his role in the script. Netanyahu obliged by meeting politely with Ban, who then went on to meet politely with Abbas, to what appears to be absolutely no effect. It’s a dance whose steps – and way of ending – are known far in advance.

Jerusalem does not take Ban’s efforts overseriously, as the organization that he heads is seen as a big part of the problem rather than the solution.

Witness Wednesday’s one-sided resolution adopted by UNESCO, the UN’s cultural heritage agency, condemning “Israeli aggression” on the Temple Mount and declaring that the Jewish holy sites of Rachel’s Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs are an “integral part of Palestine.”

Similar disdain, to a certain extent, characterizes Israel’s view of the EU’s efforts. Netanyahu will listen to Mogherini, and lament both Abbas’s incitement and the EU’s acceptance of it, but will place little stock in the EU’s ability to play a constructive role in calming down the situation.

Brussels is not seen in Jerusalem as a particularly honest broker on all things Palestinian but, rather, as the institution that nurtures – perhaps more than any other – the hope among the Palestinians that if they press long enough and hard enough, the international community will deliver to them what they publicly say they want: a Palestinian state along the pre-1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital, and some kind of “fair and just” accommodation for the refugees.

The very skeptical Israeli view of the EU in any diplomatic process is reinforced by steps taken by France, which this week considered bringing a resolution to the UN Security Council to place international observers on the Temple Mount.

This idea, which Israel would never accept, and which even Jordan and the Palestinians have apparently rejected, is born of a burning French diplomatic desire to always do something, anything, in the Mideast – especially when there seems to be a stalemate or vacuum.

It is also the product of sour relations currently prevailing between Paris and Jerusalem, as well as a lingering French hope for the internationalization of Jerusalem – for the establishment of a corpus separatum in Jerusalem under a special international regime – which France hopes to be a part of.

So with the UN out, the EU out, and France out, that leaves the US.

But it is not as if Jerusalem is harboring any hopes that Kerry will be able to ride in and save the day.

From Jerusalem’s perspective the US track record in the region is not sterling, and though it appreciates Washington’s desire to help, there is little illusion that high-profile, high-level meetings will have any immediate effect on the ground.

And while Jerusalem is not waiting for Kerry with baited breath, it was clear from the beginning that he would get involved. An uptick in terrorism and violence leads to a well-worn pattern in Washington: condemnations of the terrorism, then statements that anger Israel about proportionality or settlements, followed by calls for restraint on both sides, and then meetings with the leaders.

But this current spurt of terrorism and violence is different from previous rounds, in that there is no identifiable organization – such as Hamas and Fatah’s Tanzim militia – to hold directly responsible for the bloodshed. This time it is more amorphous, individual terrorists incited by calls for Jewish blood on Facebook and from various leaders, going out to kill Jews.

The lack of a clear organizational structure behind the terrorism makes it more difficult for the security services to stop, because it is much more difficult to gather intelligence on an individual who grabs a knife and goes out to kill than on attacks directed by an organization.

Also, there is not one person seemingly in control who may be pressured to cease the violence.

It is not as if Kerry can talk to Abbas and convince him to issue a call to his people to “hold your horses,” and the horses will obediently be held. Abbas does not have anything near that type of control – many of the horses simply do not heed him.

This time around, thankfully, neither the State Department nor Kerry are inflating expectations; they are not talking about Kerry’s separate meeting with the leaders as a potential breakthrough for restarting the diplomatic talks and bringing a peace deal in a number of months.

Washington, it should be remembered, is still engaged in its own Mideast policy reassessment, a policy reassessment brought about after the breakdown of the Kerry-led peace talks in April 2014, and re-announced after Netanyahu’s preelection statement – which he later retracted – of less than full fealty to the notion of a two-state solution.

Rather, this time the bar has been set low, with the goals very limited.

State Department spokesman John Kirby said on Wednesday that the meetings would deal with “practical ways in which political breathing space can be had to help end the violence.”

No overreaching there, just looking for breathing space. The breathing space that Kirby mentioned but did not elaborate upon is likely to be an attempt – in discussions with Netanyahu, Abbas and especially Jordan’s King Abdullah – to come up with a clear set of procedures for governing the Temple Mount.

The Temple Mount has – like so many times over the last century – been the spark to violence against Jews. To douse the fire, there will be some need to deal with the spark, but this has to be done in a way where both Israel and the Palestinians can say that they have not given in.

In recent days Kerry has spoken about the need for clarity. Everyone talks about the status quo on the Temple Mount, but there is little understanding of what that entails.

“Israel understands the importance of the status quo and… our objective is to make sure that everyone understands what that means,” Kerry said at press conference on Monday in Madrid, adding that “we are not seeking a new change or outsiders to come in; I don’t think Israel or Jordan wants that, and we’re not proposing it. What we need is clarity.”

The new “clarity” is expected to involve enhanced coordination and cooperation with Jordan, possibly even more Jordanian representatives on the site, in such a way as to undercut the spurious charge that Israel is somehow threatening al-Aksa Mosque.

Former National Security Council head Yaakov Amidror said in an Israel Radio interview this week that he had little expectation regarding Kerry’s meeting with Netanyahu or Abbas, because the US has little impact on the Palestinians – which is true.

But the US does have leverage on Jordan, and this leverage may now be needed to get Abdullah to take a greater role in day-to- day administration and involvement at the site – if only as a way to suck the oxygen out of the lie propelling the current round of terrorism: that Israel is endangering al-Aksa.

Statements by PM Netanyahu and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

October 20, 2015

Statements by PM Netanyahu and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, PM Netanyahu via You Tube, October 20, 2015

 

Police Foil Jerusalem Attack by Terrorist in Israeli Uniform

October 14, 2015

Israeli police foiled an attempted attack in Jerusalem by an Arab terrorist wearing Israeli combat fatigues.

By: Hana Levi Julian

Published: October 14th, 2015

Source: The Jewish Press » » Police Foil Jerusalem Attack by Terrorist in Israeli Uniform

 

Police forces identified the terrorist dressed in Israeli combat fatigues and killed him.

Police forces identified the terrorist dressed in Israeli combat fatigues and killed him.
Photo Credit: courtesy, 0404 website

Alert Israeli police officers stymied an Arab terrorist Wednesday afternoon who attempted to stab Israelis at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

The terrorist was wearing the uniform of an Israeli soldier, according to the Hebrew-language 0404 website.

“The terrorist was in an Israeli uniform in order to mislead the forces, but they identified him quickly and put him out of action.”

UN Chief Wants Review of Israeli Use of Force, Silent on Ongoing Islamic Terror Attacks | Pamela Geller

October 14, 2015

UN Chief Wants Review of Israeli Use of Force, Silent on Ongoing Islamic Terror Attacks

By Pamela Geller

October 13, 2015

Source: UN Chief Wants Review of Israeli Use of Force, Silent on Ongoing Islamic Terror Attacks | Pamela Geller

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The violence began on October 1, when a Hamas cell shot dead a Jewish couple in front of their children. There have since been dozens of attacks, and murders most involving Muslim terrorists stabbing Jewish civilians. The UN response? Ban Ki-moon questions whether Israel uses too much force when trying to stop terror attacks. No reported comment on Palestinian terrorism.

“When an institution reaches the degree of corruption, brazen cynicism and dishonor demonstrated by the U.N. in its shameful history, to discuss it at length is to imply that its members and supporters may possibly be making an innocent error about its nature—which is no longer possible. There is no margin for error about a monstrosity that was created for the alleged purpose of preventing wars by uniting the world against any aggressor, but proceeded to unite it against any victim of aggression.”  Ayn Rand.

The UN was established in the wake of the Holocaust to insure that it would never happen again. The monstrous irony is that the UN is working hard to make sure that it happens to the Jews again.

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The UN is corrupt organization driven by the largest body in the world — the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Why must we, the United States, fund these barbarians to the tune of close to 25% of their annual budget?

The OIC is nothing less than a “would-be, universal caliphate.” It might look different from the caliphates of the Ottomans, Fatimids, and Abbasids. It might resemble, instead, a thoroughly modern trans-national bureaucracy. But, already, the OIC exercises significant power through the United Nations, and through the European Union, which has been eager to accommodate the OIC while simultaneously endowing the U.N. with increasing authority for global governance.  Bat Yeor

A former president of the U.N. General Assembly “sold himself and the global institution he led” by pocketing more than $1 million in bribes to finance a luxury spending spree, according to a federal prosecutor.

The GOP candidate should campaign on leaving the UN. I guarantee it would garner big votes.

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UN Chief Wants Review of Israeli Use of Force, Silent on Terror
Ban Ki-moon questions whether Israel uses too much force when trying to stop terror attacks. No reported comment on Palestinian terrorism.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Israel on Tuesday to carry out a “serious review” on whether its security forces are resorting to “excessive force” in clashes with Palestinians, AFP reports.

Ban finds “the apparent excessive use of force by Israeli security forces” to be “troubling,” his spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters as violence continued in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

This “demands serious review as it only serves to exacerbates the situation leading to a vicious cycle of needless bloodshed,” he said.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday Israel would use “all means” available to end Palestinian violence and that new security measures were planned.

The UN chief was due to sit down with Security Council envoys for a luncheon meeting on Tuesday to discuss mounting Israeli-Palestinian violence.

A ministerial-level meeting of the Security Council on the crisis in the Middle East is scheduled for October 22.

After initially breaking out with attacks and violent protests across Israel, unrest has spread to Gaza, with clashes along the border in recent days leaving nine Palestinians dead from Israeli fire.

The violence began on October 1, when an alleged Hamas cell shot dead a Jewish couple in front of their children. There have since been dozens of attacks, most involving terrorists stabbing Jewish civilians.

A number of Arabs have also been killed, nearly all after they had carried out an attack or during riots.

Ban has not criticized Palestinian incitement and calls to violence.

His comments come on the same day as a series of bloody attacks by Arab terrorists against Israeli civilians, in which three Israelis were killed and scores more wounded. The UN Secretary General did not, however, make any reference to those attacks in his statement.