ZOA Criticizes Bush/Rice For Not
Vetoing Anti-Israel Resolution
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has supported the Israeli government’s opposition to a U.N. call for an immediate ceasefire while Hamas retains the capacity to shell and fire rockets into
The ZOA has issued the following statement:
“UNSCR 1860 is a surreal, impractical and ultimately anti-Israel resolution, which regrettably the
“UNSCR 1860 does not even mention Hamas, let alone identify its aggression as the cause of current hostilities. A proper resolution on a conflict cannot omit identifying Hamas as an aggressor whose belligerence over months and years has brought about
“Not only does UNSCR 1860 fail to identify Hamas it fails to affirm
“The Resolution refers briefly to ‘the refusal to extend the period of calm’ but it does not mention that Hamas refused to abide by the ceasefire, violated it by attempting to build tunnels into Israel in order to launch attacks and kidnap Israelis, and also refused to renew the ceasefire. Hamas is a recognized terrorist group that has murdered hundreds of Israelis in suicide bombing, shootings and rocket attacks. It calls in its Charter for the destruction of
“If UNSCR 1860 expression of concern for civilian loss of life was genuine, the Council would have condemned Hamas for its call for a genocide of the Jews. It would have condemned the hundreds of rockets fired into
“Additionally, UNSCR 1860 calls for humanitarian assistance for
“The Resolution only issues a weak, vague call for unspecified ‘member states to intensify efforts’ to stop the smuggling of weaponry into
“UNSCR 1860 omits any call for Hamas to return Hamas kidnap-victim and Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. It further makes no call upon either Hamas or the Palestinian Authority to abide by the humanitarian requirement under international law to permit a single visit to Shalit from the International Red Cross or any other international agency.
“UNSCR 1860 stresses the importance of the 2002 so-called Arab Peace Initiative. Yet the Initiative is in reality a non-starter. It demands Israel’s withdrawal to the indefensible pre-June 1967 armistice lines, contrary to language of UN Security Council Resolution 242; dividing and giving away half of its ancient religious, historical and present capital, Jerusalem; forcibly removing some 500,000 Jews, solely because they are Jews, from their homes in Judea and Samaria; setting up a Palestinian state which will be run by an unreconstructed terror-supporting regime; and Israeli acceptance of the morally and legally baseless so-called ‘right of return’ by Palestinian Arab refugees of the 1948-49 war and their millions of descendants to Israel, thereby inundating Israel with hostile Arabs and ending its existence as a Jewish state.
“In contrast, beyond a general call for diplomatic recognition of Israel, nothing is even asked of the Arab belligerents no action to end support for terrorist groups striking Israel, no end to the Arab economic boycott, no action to prevent weapons reaching Palestinian terrorists, no end to the incitement to hatred and murder of Jews in their media, mosques and school systems.
“The Resolution includes an absurd statement that ‘a lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only be achieved by peaceful means.’ It is surely obvious that while one side is committed to the destruction of the other, as are both Fateh and Hamas in their respective charters, stability and deterrence is the best that can be achieved for the moment, not peace. To say that peaceful means will produce peace is as absurd as suggesting that the Second World War could be brought to a satisfactory conclusion before Nazi Germany had been defeated and rendered incapable of continuing its aggression. Yet UNSCR calls for further international intervention by means of a conference in
“Even the Olmert/Kadima government, the most concessionary in
“We note and support the Israeli response to UNSCR 1860 which states, ‘The State of Israel has never agreed that any outside body would determine its right to defend the security of its citizens. The [Israel Defense Forces] will continue operations in order to defend Israeli citizens and will carry out the missions with which it has been assigned in the operation. This morning’s rocket fire against residents of the south only proves that the UN Security Council Resolution #1860 is not practical and will not be honored in actual fact by the Palestinian murder organizations'” (‘PM Olmert’s Reaction to Diplomatic Developments & UNSCR Resolution #1860,’ Independent Media Review Analysis, January 9, 2009).