On Oct 16, the UN Human Rights
Council passed a resolution condemning Israel in every possible way for
asserting its sovereignty over its capital city and for defending its citizens
against wanton, massive, unprovoked and illegal terror from the skies emanating
from Hamas-controlled Gaza. The resolution represented a massive achievement for
the Palestinians. It referred Israel to the Security Council with the
recommendation that Israel's leaders be tried as war criminals before
international tribunals. That is, the UNHRC's resolution effectively
delegitimized Israel's right to exist by denying that it has a right to defend
its territory and its people from illegal aggression carried out by an illegal
Then on Oct 21, Mohamed El
Baradei, the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency's virulently anti-Israel
chairman, announced a deal has been reached between Iran and the US, Russia and
France regarding Iran's nuclear program. The deal - which the parties
initialized in Geneva after just three days of talks - legitimizes Iran's
nuclear weapons program and effectively transforms the US, the EU and Russia
into facilitators rather than opponents of that program.
According to news reports of
the accord, the US agreed to send American personnel to Iran to upgrade a
research reactor in Teheran that was provided to the Shah in the 1960s. Russia
agreed to increase enrichment levels of Iranian uranium from their current level
of 3.5 percent, to 19.75%. And France agreed to transform the higher-enriched
uranium into metallic nuclear fuel.
Until Wednesday, in accordance
with three binding UN Security Council resolutions, the US, Russia and the EU
refused to accept the legitimacy of Iran's uranium enrichment activities. Their
refusal stemmed from the fact that by enriching uranium, Iran stands in breach
of its commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Wednesday's
accord ignores this inconvenient fact and so whitewashes Iran's illicit
behavior, effectively accepting Iran's right to enrich uranium.
Palestinians and the Iranians, Israel has no great diplomatic assets. It can
assume that it will always be condemned by the UN.
The EU, with its
member-nations' own anti-Jewish baggage, a burgeoning and radicalized Muslim
minority, and an addiction to Arab oil cannot be expected to stand with Israel.