As I did with all the other political parties I approached the Maori Party for comment on the New Zealand sponsored UN resolution 2334 against Israel. After I received a response from their media spokesperson I e-mailed her the following questions:
As Benjamin Netanyahu said prophetically to Murray McCully in this video the only way to achieve a peaceful outcome is through direct negotiations not by Fiat. Israel used direct negotiations to broker peace with both Jordan and Egypt. This was a huge achievement considering both countries had declared war on Israel and attacked it. Israel won the war and brokered peace so McCully should have listened to Netanyahu because he knows what he is talking about. The UN’s fiat against Israel has made the situation much, much, worse not better as they have claimed.
The resolution “doesn’t bring peace closer. It pushes it further away,”
As the head of the security council, McCully did not go after Iran for violating all the security council’s resolutions. In fact, the security council under his leadership REMOVED sanctions against Iran despite the fact that Iran presents a serious challenge to peace and security in the Middle East. Iran has a vast terror network over five continents and continues to grow its nuclear stockpile yet McCully and the UN acted against a country that is constantly defending itself against terrorism. A country that Iran wants to use its nuclear weapons against. A country that wants peace with its neighbours, not war. A country that only wants some security as it is surrounded by hostile un-democratic countries.
McCully and the UN may call their actions a ” victory ” but look at what have they actually achieved:
Today’s face of the day is Palestinian Bassam Tawil, who has written a very thought provoking article.
PALESTINIANS: The Difference between Us and Them
* We Palestinians have failed to educate our people on the principles of tolerance and peace.
Instead, we condone and applaud terrorism, especially when it is directed against Jews. We want the world to condemn terrorism only when it claims the lives of Palestinians.
* Abbas’s ambiguous, half-hearted condemnations of attacks by Palestinians against Israelis are only intended for public consumption and are primarily aimed at appeasing Western donors so that they will continue channeling funds to the Palestinian Authority. In addition, his condemnations seek to blame Israel for Palestinian terror attacks.
* Netanyahu’s strong and clear condemnation left me and other Palestinians wondering when was the last time we heard similar statements from our leaders. I cannot remember Abbas or any other Palestinian leader ever expressing shock and outrage over the killing of a Jew in a Palestinian terror attack, nor the last time a Palestinian official visited the Israeli victims of a Palestinian terror attack.
Every single day in my facebook feed I am seeing reports of Israeli citizens being stabbed by terrorists inside Israel. No one is safe. An eighty year old lady has been murdered, two young parents were stabbed to death in front of their young children. Cars are being used by terrorists to ram and kill citizens. Amongst the carnage there are a few videos emerging where the would-be victims react in time and succeed in defending themselves. In this one the guy manages off camera to shoot the terrorist before she manages to stab him to death.
On this blog we have written about young children being trained from birth to hate and posed with knives in photos on social media with slogans inciting others to stab Jews and Israelis. Literally every day there is another report on my Facebook page about a stabbing in Israel.
Corey Gil-Shuster is a Canadian who runs a project where he asks questions of Israelis and Palestinians on the street. The questions come from contributors, and none are edited.
The video above is enlightening. Read more »
I’m with Rick Santorum on this one:
On rejecting the very idea of “Palestinians”
“All the people who live in the West Bank are Israelis, they’re not Palestinians. There is no ‘Palestinian.’ This is Israeli land.” (Campaign stop in Iowa, Nov. 18, 2011)