WASHINGTON, December 27, 2016 — On Friday, the United Nations Security Council voted 14-0 to pass a resolution condemning Israel for constructing settlements in “occupied” Palestinian territories. It was the first resolution on Israel and the Palestinians adopted by the Security Council in eight years.
As a permanent member of the UNSC, the United States had the power to veto the resolution. Instead, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power abstained.
The resolution condemned “all” Israeli “measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem.”
Changes “altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory,” in the words of the resolution, began long before 1967. They began with the siege of Jerusalem in 637 A.D. by Abu Ubaidah of the Rashidun Islamic Caliphate.
The Islamic conquest of today’s Middle East snuffed out the vestiges of Western Civilization in that part of the world. Calif Omar ordered that the great library of Alexandria be set to the torch, saying those manuscripts in agreement with the Koran were “not required,” while those in disagreement “are not desired. Destroy them therefore.”
Consigned to the flames of intolerance were works by Greek mathematician Archimedes on the construction of astronomical calculators (see the Antikythera mechanism) and by Aristarchus of Samos concerning our heliocentric solar system.
Thus began the appropriately named Dark Ages.
When the world emerged from the carnage of the Second World War, narrowly escaping a second Dark Age, the light of Western Civilization flickered to life in the backward Middle East with the founding in 1948 of the State of Israel.
The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin el Husseini, was unhappy with that outcome. Before that, in 1941, Time magazine reported on Husseini’s meeting with the German dictator Adolf Hitler:
“The Grand Mufti began by thanking the Fuhrer … He wished to seize the opportunity to convey to the Fuhrer of the Greater German Reich, admired by the entire Arab world, his thanks of the sympathy which he had always shown for the Arab and especially the Palestinian cause … The Arabs were Germany’s natural friends because they had the same enemies as had Germany, namely … the Jews.”
In 1967, Egyptian strongman Gamal Abdel Nasser declared, “We intend to open a general assault against Israel. This will be total war. Our basic aim will be to destroy Israel.”
Israel’s stunning victory in the Six-Day War made divided Jerusalem the united capitol of the Jewish homeland. To achieve this victory, Israel defeated 80,000 Egyptian troops and 900 tanks assembled at Egypt’s border with the Middle East’s sole democracy.
Israeli scholar and diplomat Abba Eban described his nation’s pre-1967 borders thus:
“We have openly said that the map will never again be the same as on June 4, 1967. For us, this is a matter of security and of principles. The June map is for us equivalent to insecurity and danger. I do not exaggerate when I say that it has for us something of a memory of Auschwitz. We shudder when we think of what would have awaited us in the circumstances of June, 1967, if we had been defeated; with Syrians on the mountain and we in the valley, with the Jordanian army in sight of the sea, with the Egyptians who hold our throat in their hands in Gaza. This is a situation which will never be repeated in history.”
When the Obama administration abstained in the Security Council vote, Ambassador Powers described Israel’s return to pre-1967 “Auschwitz borders” as a “long-standing [U.S.] position.”
She added that presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush the elder and younger, Carter and Clinton believed Israeli settlement activity harmful to the “viability of a negotiated two-state outcome.”
Whether it is called “land for peace” or a “two-state solution,” the American-brokered Arab-Israeli peace process has been an abject failure, with the pipe dream of Middle-East peace serving as a pretext allowing fascist organizations like Hamas, Hezbollah and ISIS to continue Hitler’s Holocaust in slow motion.
The elitist Muftis of the Western democracies seem more than willing to allow Muslims unfettered immigration into the West, altering “the demographic composition, character and status” of the Western democracies as well as their safety.
The bloody lone-wolf terror attacks of Boston, San Bernardino, Orlando, Paris, Nice and Berlin attest to the consequences resulting from abstentions in the face of primitive barbarism.