This analysis by Hoover Institution scholar Peter Berkowitz of Israel's legal position re the Gaza War merits attention. PB writes that the Goldstone Report traduced international legal principles by bypassing the sole control the UN Charter gives the Security Council, as to matters it has seized itself of; and by absolving the Palestinians of their legal responsibility to ensure their forces fight lawfully, and--even worse--falsely contending Israeli courts are not competent to adjudicate Israel's wartime conduct. Put another way, international law principles cede primacy to nations to judge the lawfulness of their forces, and international bodies are supposed to enter only if a nation manifestly lacks the ability or inclination to police the conduct of its forces.
Hark back as well to a luminous 1989 article--"How the PLO Was Legitimized"--by the late Jeane Kirkpatrick, who recounted in eight brilliant pages how even Orwellian absurdities at the UN worked to undermine Israel's perceived legitimacy. Making matters worse is, as Mideast ace Barry Rubin masterfully writes, Team Obama's diplomatic pressure on Israel to make unilateral concessions in advance to get the Palestinians back to direct talks, while the Palestinians concede nothing.
George Will scorns Washington's "patronizing lectures" to Israel to take "risks for peace" despite unrelenting Arab hostility & war since 1948's creation of the Jewish state:
In the intifada that began in 2000, Palestinian terrorism killed more than 1,000 Israelis. As a portion of U.S. population, that would be 42,000, approaching the toll of America's eight years in Vietnam. During the onslaught, which began 10 Septembers ago, Israeli parents sending two children to a school would put them on separate buses to decrease the chance that neither would return for dinner. Surely most Americans can imagine, even if their tone-deaf leaders cannot, how grating it is when those leaders lecture Israel on the need to take "risks for peace."
During Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's July visit to Washington, Barack Obama praised him as "willing to take risks for peace." There was a time when that meant swapping "land for peace" -- Israel sacrificing something tangible and irrecoverable, strategic depth, in exchange for something intangible and perishable, promises of diplomatic normality....
The creation of Israel did not involve the destruction of a Palestinian state, there having been no such state since the Romans arrived. And if the Jewish percentage of the world's population were today what it was when the Romans ruled Palestine, there would be 200 million Jews. After a uniquely hazardous passage through two millennia without a homeland, there are 13 million Jews.
In the 62 years since this homeland was founded on one-sixth of 1 percent of the land of what is carelessly and inaccurately called "the Arab world," Israelis have never known an hour of real peace. Patronizing American lectures on the reality of risks and the desirableness of peace, which once were merely fatuous, are now obscene.
GW debunks farcical comments from British PM David Cameron re Gaza:
Palestine has a seemingly limitless capacity for eliciting nonsense from afar, as it did recently when British Prime Minister David Cameron referred to Gaza as a "prison camp." In a sense it is, but not in the sense Cameron intended. His implication was that Israel is the cruel imprisoner. Gaza's actual misfortune is to be under the iron fist of Hamas, a terrorist organization.
In May, a flotilla launched from Turkey approached Gaza in order to provoke a confrontation with Israel, which, like Egypt, administers a blockade to prevent arms from reaching Hamas. The flotilla's pretense was humanitarian relief for Gaza -- where the infant mortality rate is lower and life expectancy is higher than in Turkey.
Will also persuasively writes that Israel will not be a "perfect victim" (Israeli PM Netanyahu's phrase) as efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state proceed. He also writes of the threat Israel sees in a nuclear Iran:
As for deterrence working against a nuclear-armed regime steeped in an ideology of martyrdom, remember that in 1980, Ayatollah Khomeini said:
"We do not worship Iran, we worship Allah. For patriotism is another name for paganism. I say let this land burn. I say let this land go up in smoke, provided Islam emerges triumphant in the rest of the world."
You say, that was long ago? Israel says, this is now:
Iran's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, says that Israel is the "enemy of G0d." Tehran, proclaiming that the Holocaust never happened and vowing to complete it, sent an ambassador to Poland who in 2006 wanted to measure the ovens at Auschwitz to prove them inadequate for genocide. Iran's former president, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who is considered a "moderate" by people for whom believing is seeing, calls Israel a "one-bomb country."
Bottom Line. As the US stands by, the international efforts to strip the Jewish state of legitimacy rolls on. The jackals are circling once again.
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