Albert Einstein said, “Peace cannot be kept by force; if can only be achieved by understanding.” It appears that Israel has been dealt a mighty blow from the United Nations Security Council. The U.N. resolution demands an end to Israeli settlement building. The vote was able to pass the 15-member council because the United States broke with a long-standing approach of diplomatically shielding Israel and did not wield its veto power as it had on many times before.
I think the media once again missed an opportunity to explain to the American people on the purpose of the United Nations. Instead, the hype has been centered around how Israeli President Netanyahu is angered by the outcome. What is missing from this argument is who is on the United Nations Security Council.
The U.N. Security Council has permanent and non-permanent members. The five permanent members are China, France, Russia, England and the United States. The other members are Angola, Egypt, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal, Space, Ukraine, Uruguay, and Venezuela. In this recent vote, the United States abstained allowing a unanimous vote to the resolution. I don’t see Netanyahu angrily bashing Japan, England, Russia, China, France or other nations. What I do read and hear is Israeli leadership and political snap rhetoric to defund the very world body of peace and policy because it didn’t get its way. Threats to peaceful means rather it is monetary, or force will only further isolate us from understanding. Such rhetoric is dangerous and only fuels contempt that the United Nations relocate to another nation.
It is vital to highlight that matters of U.S. politics has created a damned if you do, damned if you don’t scenario. If the U.S. would have vetoed the resolution, then I am almost positive opposite political parties would have complained just as loudly. Perhaps the incoming administration has a tender feeling of what an empty chair on the U.S. Supreme Court feels like. After all, this is politics at its best.
I am not here to defend or credit the United Nations resolution. Instead, I am here to assess that the United Nations did exactly what its body was designed to do. It passed a unanimous resolution without the influence or adulteration of due process. The United Kingdom is currently led by the Tory (Conservative) Party and gave support to the U.N. decision. Even Russia, a conservative-led government, supports Palestinian statehood and resolutions. Why is the United States acting so differently than the rest of the world? Are we out of touch and continually misled? Perhaps Netanyahu should begin asking not why the United States abstained but why did the U.N. vote the way it did. The media should start assessing that path rather than placing blame at the United States. Perhaps our nation should reflect on the words of George Washington, “Observe good faith and justice towards all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.”