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UN Chief: Israel occupation 'morally and politically unsustainable, must end'; And That Goes For Jerusalem As Well
The UN is no longer the bumbling stepchild of the US. In fact, President Barack Obama has allowed world leaders equal status with the US and given the UN a realistic boost in creditability. This new UN boost has come about for several reasons. One, former presidents have traditionally used the UN to advance or veto any world policy that served to advance the interest of the US or its allies. When a US coalition attacked Iraq in 2003 without UN Security Council recognition, that severely discredited the legitimacy of the United Nations as a world governing body. Under the George W. Bush administration, the US was not about to let the world dictate how they conducted themselves. They were essentially the international police. However, in taking on the responsibility of international policeman, they found themselves in two seemingly never-ending wars. This did not paint a favorable picture of the US abroad or at home.
Two, the US is now looking for the international community as a whole to handle international conflicts. In short, the days of going it alone are over. When Barack Obama was elected US president in 2008, he began to veer away from projecting the US as superior to all other nations. He was photographed in many pictures bowing and paying homage to other world leaders. This I believe has set the precedent that the US is no longer the dominant force but should be considered one of many global leaders. Case in point, when the European Union began to call for a no-fly zone against Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi's military, Obama was quick to bow out as leader of the campaign, and deferred leadership to his EU counterparts. Since then, NATO has taken over command of the operation. The reason for this move, President Obama knows that the US public has very little tolerance for involving America in a third military conflict or the "going it alone" philosophy of the Bush administration. One more thing about the Libyan operation, Obama made sure the UN Security Council was behind its implementation before he would go forward.
The EU has taken this new leadership role and ran with it. Just yesterday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy issued a stern warning to other Arab leaders in the region not to impose violence against their civilian populations.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has warned all Arab rulers that they risk Libya-type intervention if they cross a certain line of violence against their own people. The president told press at an EU summit in Brussels "Every ruler should understand, and especially every Arab ruler should understand that the reaction of the international community and of Europe will from this moment on each time be the same: we will be on the side of peaceful protesters who must not be repressed with violence." He said that there is a new post-UNSC 1973 model of "world governance (euobserver.com)"
This new model of world governance looks to be led by the European Union on the authority of the United Nations. Could this new model of world governance force the Islamic world and Israel to submit to regional peace, and the creation of a Palestinian state?
The United Nations is also flexing its muscles against Israel. In a recent UN Latin American and Caribbean Meeting in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, put Israel on notice that they not only had to give up the West Bank, but must share Jerusalem as well.
"The target dates for reaching an Israeli-Palestinian agreement on permanent status issues and completing the Palestinian Authority’s two-year State-building program are fast-approaching. Yet, the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations remain at a worrying standstill. We must intensify efforts to break the deadlock,” Ban said.
"Time is of the essence in realizing the two-State solution, " Ban said, "the occupation that started in 1967 is morally and politically unsustainable, and must end. The Palestinians have a legitimate right to the establishment of an independent and viable State of their own (Haaretz.com)."
As the US continues to decrease its global leadership position, I look for the EU, under the authority of the United Nations, to fill that void. I have to believe the US will agree to step aside and allow the EU to try their hand as the new Middle East peace brokers sometime this summer.
In other news, reports are coming in that the post-Mubarak regime is willing to rekindle ties not only with Iran but it's proxy terrorist partner Hezbollah as well.
Egypt’s new foreign minister, Nabil al-Arabi, told reporters in Cairo on Tuesday that he intends to reestablish ties with the regime of Iranian strongman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Islamic overseers.
“We will turn over a new leaf with all states, including Iran,” said al-Arabi.
The minister said he was not yet sure if Egypt would be opening an embassy in Tehran anytime soon, but was keen to begin promoting friendly relations with the Islamic Republic.
Asked about Lebanon’s Hizballah terrorist militia, which more or less runs that country, al-Arabi indicated he had no problem with the group, and would not oppose official ties between Hizballah and Egypt (israeltoday.co.il)
It is likely that other countries will follow suit in the near future not only in embracing Iran as a trading partner, but sitting down with Hezbollah and treating them as a political entity. I look for this to be the case when peace talks resume between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. I expect the new world order to include Hamas in the peace process against the wishes of Israel.
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