Israel Must Not Succumb to False Diplomatic Alarms

(Ha'aretz) Moshe Arens - States have never been created by UN declarations. Israel was not created by UN Resolution 181 in November 1947, but by David Ben-Gurion's declaration of Israeli independence on May 15, 1948, and by the IDF's ability to take and control the areas of the new state. A UN declaration, whether at the Security Council or the General Assembly, recognizing a Palestinian state within the borders of the April 1949 armistice lines with Jordan, with Jerusalem as its capital, will be no more effective than Security Council Resolution 1701, which prohibited Hizbullah from military operations in southern Lebanon, or General Assembly Resolution 3379, which equated Zionism with racism. If this latest declaration is actually passed, it will merely serve as another reminder of the impotence of the UN and its irrelevance when it comes to dealing with international conflicts. The writer is a former Israeli defense minister, foreign minister, and ambassador to the U.S.

2011-04-12 00:00:00

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