Friday, December 23, 2016

Israel Wears the Pants

Yet another confirmation of the fact that the US-Israeli relationship is historically unique in its reversal of the traditional superpower-client state relationship; Israel is the superpower and the United States is the client state:

"On Thursday Netanyahu... urg[ed] the US to veto [a United Nations Security Council] resolution [calling Israel's West Bank settlements a 'flagrant violation' of international law]. 'Peace will come not through UN resolutions, but only through direct negotiations between the parties,' he said.

"The move also prompted the intervention of US president-elect Donald Trump, who campaigned on a promise to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, who said in a statement that Washington should use its veto to block the resolution. 'The resolution being considered at the United Nations Security Council, regarding Israel should be vetoed,' the Republican said in a statement. 'As the United States has long maintained, peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations,' he said." (UN abruptly postpones vote to halt Israeli settlements 'indefinitely', Peter Beaumont,, 23/12/16)


Grappler said...

According to this morning's ABC, which of course is always the arbiter of truth when it comes to matters relating to Israel and Palestine, the resolution was put later by Venezuela, Malaysia, Senegal and our wonderful friends across the Tasman, New Zealand. They did this, incidentally, because Egypt was pressured to withdraw it - I hope Sisi extracted a suitable pound of flesh - seemingly by Netanyahu and Trump. And then a miracle happened - the US did not veto! Clearly a parting shot by Obama. Trump tweeted (that has a nice ring to it) that it would be different after 20 Jan. Apart from this one final act of defiance, it would be difficult to find an occasion on which Obama has not been a loyal subject of Netanyahu.

Grappler said...

Off topic but very much of interest to Australia is the news about Anthony Lowenstein.

Once again we see that the Israeli government believes in freedom of the press but only when it behaves appropriately.