Thursday, October 7, 2010

What is "recognizing Israel?"

You can read about this ambiguity here. http://www.zcommunications.org/lieberman-speaks-for-all-of-israel-by-jonathan-cook

In light of that article, I must ask the critical Israel-Palestine question yet again: who is truly more responsible for the conflict in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine? Furthermore, why hasn't Israel complied with U.N. demands to withdraw to its 1967 borders? Pasted from Norman Finkelstein's website, here is the record of U.N. votes to have Israel withdraw to said borders between 1997 and 2007.

Year

Vote

[Yes-No-Abstained]

Negative votes cast by…

1997

155-2-3

Israel, United States

1998

154-2-3

Israel, United States

1999

149-3-2

Israel, United States , Marshall Islands

2000

149-2-3

Israel, United States

2001

131-6-20

Israel, United States , Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Tuvalu

2002

160-4-3

Israel, United States , Marshall Islands, Micronesia

2003

160-6-5

Israel, United States , Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Uganda

2004

161-7-10

Israel, United States , Australia, Grenada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau

2005

156-6-9

Israel, United States , Australia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau

2006

157-7-10

Israel, United States , Australia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau

2007

161-7-5

Israel, United States , Australia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau


Yes, even Britain has consistently voted for Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories. The reason that 7 votes outweighs 161 is because the U.S.--which is one of the few members of the U.N. security council--has veto power within the U.N. I should also add that this vote was taken again in 2009, and the result was an unsurprising vote of 164-7-4. In fact, the U.S. has been responsible for preventing Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories for 40 years.

Fair?

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