In a dramatic shift in U.S. policy, the United States chose not to use its’ veto power to block a United Nations resolution demanding Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.” The resolution also states Israeli settlements there have “no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under International law.”
The UN resolution makes an outrageous claim that Israeli settlements located within the borders of Israel have “no legal validity,” which is like telling American citizens they have no legal right to live in Kansas or Florida or any part of the United States.
The resolution calls Israeli settlements a “flagrant violation under International law,” which is absurd because there are no laws preventing citizens from living within the borders of their own country. The UN statement refers to the Fourth Geneva Convention, which deals with the occupation of a sovereign nation by a foreign military power, but that does not apply in this case because Israel is not occupying another sovereign nation. The State of Palestine has never existed as a sovereign nation anywhere on earth, has never been recognized as a member of the United Nations, has no land of their own, and has only existed as a concept created by the United Nations in 1947 in their attempts to create a two-state solution with the Jewish people in the land of Israel.
The Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital and Gaza as their largest city, which is outrageous because both are located within the borders of Israel. (Source: Wikipedia). That would be like the United States claiming Moscow as our capital city and expecting the Russians to be okay with that.
Flaws in U.S. Justification
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Powers attempted to justify today’s U.S. abstention by claiming the prospects for a two-state solution dramatically decreased since 2011 due to Israel’s continued settlements in Palestinian land, which she called illegal.
There are two problems with her statement:
- First, Israel already has a two-state solution with the Palestinians. The Palestinian people have their own state, called Jordan, whose population is 98% Arab (Source: Wikipedia).
- Second, there are no Israeli settlements in Palestinian land. Contrary to the claims of the godless mainstream news media, Israeli settlements within Palestinian land are not the cause for conflicts in Israel. The real problem is continued Arab settlements within Israel. The Palestinian people are Arabs who have chosen to settle within the Jewish state of Israel rather than their homeland of Jordan, which borders Israel. Arabs currently account for about 20.8% of the population of Israel (Source: Wikipedia).
The solution to finding peace in the Middle East is as simple as reading and believing the Bible because it answers all questions of who owns the land of Israel.
God made a promise to Abraham to bless anyone who blesses him and curse anyone who curses him (Genesis 12:1-3). Later, God told Abraham the covenant between them was everlasting and specifically included all the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession (Genesis 17:7-8). The boundaries of the land of Canaan are specified in detail in Numbers 34:2-12.
God continued His everlasting covenant with Jacob, the grandson of Abraham, whose name was changed by God to Israel, and to his descendants (Genesis 17:7-8 and 26:3-4).
“The land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac, I will give it to you, and I will give the land to your descendants after you.” (Genesis 35:12)
Centuries later, King David confirmed God’s covenant with Abraham is everlasting (Psalm 105:9-10).
The prophet Zechariah warned that whoever touches Israel touches the apple of God’s eye (Zechariah 2:8). He also warned God will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the nations and all who lift it will be severely injured.
1 The burden of the word of the Lord concerning Israel. Thus declares the Lord who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him,
2 “Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah.
3 It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it. (Zechariah 12:3)
By failing to recognize God’s eternal covenant, the United States has demonstrated disregard and disbelief in God and His word. Our abstention in the UN vote equates to taking sides against God and aligning with His enemies, both spiritual and physical. By our actions, we have effectively called God a liar, which history shows is a big mistake.
Dangerous Historical Precedents:
Historians have documented many examples of disasters striking the United States whenever we have pressured Israel to divide their land.
On February 18 2011, a similar UN resolution was proposed, but the U.S. wisely stood with Israel and vetoed it. No major disasters struck the United States in the weeks or months following the vote.
In 2005, President George W. Bush’s “Roadmap to Peace” forced Jewish residents to evacuate their homes in the Gaza Strip and ordered bulldozers to destroy their homes. On August 23 2005, the same day the last Israeli settlers were evacuated, a small insignificant tropical storm formed in the Atlantic Ocean. The storm, which was named Katrina, defied all computer models as it developed into a devastating hurricane and slammed into New Orleans on August 29 2005. It was the costliest natural disaster in United States history. At least 1,245 people were killed and another 66 still listed as missing. Katrina forced thousands of American citizens to evacuate their homes and many homes were destroyed. (Source: Wikipedia)
The events in 2005 did not involve any UN resolution. The last time the United States abstained on a UN Security Council resolution regarding Israeli settlements was under the leadership of President Jimmy Carter. The U.S. refused to veto UN Resolution 446, which allowed it to pass on March 22 1979. That resolution claimed Israeli settlements “have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.” (Source: Wikipedia)
The world celebrated the passing of the UN resolution because four days later on March 26 1979, in a ceremony at the White House, the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty was signed. However, it appears not everyone was happy about it.
- Just 6 days after the UN resolution on March 28 1979, disaster struck in the United States with the partial nuclear meltdown at Three Mile Island, PA. It was the most significant accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history. 140,000 people living within a 20-mile radius of the accident were forced to evacuate their homes for up to three weeks due to the release of dangerous radioactive material. Three Mile Island Unit 2 was too badly damaged and contaminated to resume operations; it was deactivated and permanently closed. (Source: Wikipedia).
- Just 19 days after the UN resolution, America was struck with what meteorologists still call “Terrible Tuesday.” 59 tornadoes struck in midwestern and southern states during a two-day period, on April 10-11 1979. The tornadoes resulted in 59 deaths and 100 injuries. (Source: Wikipedia).
Many more examples have been documented showing direct consequences for betraying Israel, especially when we have pressured them to divide their land like we did today. For more, see John P. McTernan’s book, “As America Has Done to Israel.”
Author: James Bailey
James Bailey is an author, business owner, husband and father of two children. His vision is to broadcast the good news of Jesus Christ through blog sites and other media outlets.
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