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International Community Increases Pressure On Israel Over Palestinian State But Netanyahu Refuses To Budge

By Missing Peace
Netanyahu at the UN: Iran preparing another HolocaustNetanyahu at the UN: Iran preparing another Holocaust

We live in an upside down world, British journalist Melanie Philips said in a book that was published in 2010.

A significant part of that book, World Turned Upside Down, deals with Israel.

“What is unique about the treatment of Israel is that a conflict subjected to an unprecedented level of scrutiny should be presented in such a way as to drive out the truth and rationality,” Philips wrote. “History is turned on its head; facts and falsehoods, victims and victimizers are reversed; logic is suspended, and fictional narrative is now widely accepted as incontrovertible truth. This fundamental error has been spun into a global web of potentially catastrophic false conclusions.

“The fraught issue of Israel sits at the epicenter of the West’s repudiation of reason. Many of the errors and misrepresentations about the Middle East conflict (Philips wrote her book before the real Middle East conflict – called the Arab Spring – between Sunni and Shia Muslims started) not only promote falsehood but turn the truth inside out. This is because the West has swallowed the Arab and Muslim narrative on Israel.”

Six years after the book’s publication, little seems to have changed in the world. The Middle East is burning everywhere, but the world is still obsessed with the Jewish State and its relatively minor conflict with the Arab Palestinians.

Over the last month alone, Israel had to deal with several plans, ultimatums, dictates, false claims and punishing measures by the international community that were all meant as initial steps to force the so-called Two State Solution upon Israel.

First there was the European Union that, after imposing a new label policy on Israeli companies that oblige them to differentiate between products made in Israel ‘proper’ (Israel before the Six Day War in 1967) and the so-called West Bank, decided to turn up the heat on the Jewish State. The EU did this by adopting a new resolution that ‘unequivocally and explicitly’ stated no business deals between Israel and European companies can apply to the Jewish communities in these areas.

The Obama administration followed suit and reinstated 20 year-old guidelines about the labeling of products manufactured in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

“It is not acceptable to mark the aforementioned goods with the words ‘Israel,’ ‘Made in Israel,’ ‘Occupied Territories-Israel’ or any variation thereof,” a statement from the U.S. Customs agency read. Both the EU and the Obama administration denied the measures had anything to do with a boycott of Israel.

Then France issued an ultimatum to Israel about an international conference aimed at breaking the current deadlock in the negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and Israel. When the conference would not yield the desired result (Two State Solution), French foreign minister Laurent Fabius threatened his country would recognize a Palestinian State in the so-called West Bank and Gaza.

At the same time, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon upped the pressure on Israel and seemed to put the blame for the current wave of Palestinian Arab terror squarely on Israel’s shoulders when he said, “After nearly 50 years of occupation — decades after Oslo — Palestinians, especially young people, are losing hope. Israelis, Palestinians, and the international community need to read the writing on the wall: The status quo is untenable, it undermines the security of Israelis and the future for Palestinians.”

“It is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism. Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of a half century of occupation and the paralysis of the peace process,” Ban Ki-Moon said during a meeting of the UN Security Council.

Israel Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu reacted angrily to the statements of the UN boss.

“There is no justification for terrorism,” he said in a video statement last month. “The Palestinian terrorists don’t want to build a state; they want to destroy a state, and they say that proudly. They want to murder Jews everywhere, and they state that proudly. They don’t murder for peace, and they don’t murder for human rights.

“The UN has lost its neutrality, and its moral force, and these statements by the secretary-general do nothing to improve its situation. Ban’s remarks stoke terror.”

Ban Ki Moon shot back with on op-ed in the New York Times in which he complained he had been misrepresented by his Israeli critics. He again defended his remarks on Palestinian frustration about the continuing “occupation,” harshly criticized Israel for building new homes for Jews in Samaria and Judea (West Bank) and claimed Israel is planning ‘the demolition of thousands of Palestinian homes.’

Apparently Ban had ‘swallowed the Arab narrative’ on Israel’s actions in Judea and Samaria because only 5 percent of the Palestinian Arabs live in territory under Israeli control in the so-called West Bank. In 2014, for example, Ban’s own UN reported the demolition of 1,177 structures. That included some homes, but most of these structures were illegally built agricultural buildings, pergolas, barns and other structures.

But Ban’s message was clear: Israel is guilty of the failed peace process, and therefore, the Palestinians have lost hope. The solution, according to the UN Secretary General, is to end the “occupation” and to give them a state, no matter what.

A couple of days after the incident with Ban Ki Moon, the ‘Quartet’ (Great Britain, France, U.S., and Russia) that had been silent on the conflict for a long time, suddenly showed renewed interest in the establishment of a Palestinian State .

Diplomats of the Quartet met on the sidelines of the international security conference in Munich and decided to draw up a new report that would include suggestions on how to move forward ‘to advance the two-state solution.’ The Quartet issued a statement saying the situation in Israel was “dangerously imperiling the viability” of an independent Palestinian state.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II, who attended the conference in Munich, added to the sense of urgency when he said that the stalemate between the Palestinian Arabs and Israel could lead to “religious conflict of a global dimension,” no less.

President Obama apparently agrees with the prophets of doom and decided to dispatch two prominent members of his team to Israel.

Samantha Power, the U,.S. ambassador to the UN, arrived in Israel Sunday after having tweeted that she “will meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders… to discuss U.S. commitment to two states side by side in security and peace.”

A couple of hours after Power’s arrival in Israel, news broke that Vice President Joe Biden will come to Israel very soon. Netanyahu announced the news during his opening remarks at the weekly cabinet meeting.

“Vice President Biden is a welcome guest in Israel any time he decides to come here,” Netanyahu said.

The Israeli Prime Minister doesn’t seem overly impressed by the international pressure to establish a Palestinian state in Israel’s biblical heartland.

Last week during a debate in the Knesset on the issue, Netanyahu said that considering the current political reality Israel has no choice but to continue its control over Judea and Samaria (West Bank). Netanyahu said that as long as the Palestinian Arabs refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish State and accept demilitarization of a Palestinian state, Israel will stay in the disputed territories.

“In the face of the incredible changes around us… in the current circumstances, we can’t implement two states for two nations,” Netanyahu said while adding that Judea and Samaria will fall in the hand of Islamist extremists who aim to destroy Israel after an Israeli withdrawal.

He told the Knesset that Palestinian children were being taught to “liberate” Israel in its entirety ,including Haifa, Acre, Jaffa. “No one is talking about ’67. They’re talking about ’48,” he said about the PA leadership and the Palestinian media. He rejected the claim the current Arab terror war stems from ‘desperation’, as Ban Ki Moon has claimed

“Terror is not a result of occupation,” Netanyahu said. “The terror stems from a culture of death. Its goal is not to free a state it is to destroy a state.”

“Terror is the result of a totalitarian ideology” and a desire to kill Jews, Netanyahu said.

The Israeli Prime Minister, who’s name means “God-given,” realizes Obama and the Europeans will do everything in their power to implement the two-state solution. But he has vowed to ensure the security of the Jewish people, sees himself as the protector of Israel ,and enjoys the support of the overwhelming majority of the political establishment and the Jewish people in Israel on this matter.