Op-Ed: To Hell With the United Nations
Prof. Paul EidelbergProf. Paul Eidelberg (Ph.D. University of Chicago), former officer U.S. Air Force, is the founder and president of the Israel-America Renaissance Institute (I-ARI), www.i-ari.org, with offices in Jerusalem and Philadelphia. He has written several books on American and on Jewish Statesmanship. His magnum opus The Judeo-Scientific Foundations of American Exceptionalism: Today’s Choice for the “Almost Chosen People" is in process of publication. Prof. Eidelberg lives in Jerusalem.
The UN General Assembly has become an international forum for promoting Palestinian statehood and delegitimizing Israel.
For decades, the United Nations has passed countless resolutions condemning Israel for its actions against the Palestinians, while almost never formally addressing Israel's security concerns and the ongoing campaign of Palestinian terrorism against Israelis. The UN General Assembly has become an international forum for promoting Palestinian statehood and delegitimizing Israel.
Before the Oslo Accords, the General Assembly "condemned", "vigorously condemned", "strongly condemned", "deplored", "strongly deplored", "censured", and "denounced" Israel 321 times; the Arabs: zero condemnations. Meanwhile, the Security Council "condemned", "censured", "deplored", "strongly deplored", etc. Israel 49 times; the Arab states: zero.
Yes, it is time for Israel to quit this den of iniquity - and tens of millions of Americans will applaud Israel for doing so. Having a forum at the UN is of dubious value, as is the UN itself.
John Bolton, former acting US Ambassador to the UN, has said, "There is no such thing as the United Nations. There is only the international community, which can only be led by the only remaining superpower, which is the United States." He also said that "the Secretariat Building in New York has 38 stories. If you lost ten stories today, it wouldn't make a bit of difference."
Fred Fleitz, a former senior adviser to Bolton, exposes UN waste and corruption and the resulting human costs. His book, Peacekeeping Fiascoes of the 1990s: Causes, Solutions, and U.S. Interests, provides a comprehensive critical assessment of the UN. Among other debacles, he shows how the failed UN mission in Bosnia led to unmitigated atrocities; how the UN debacle in Somalia emboldened terrorists the world over; how the UN peacekeeping operation in Haiti collapsed, with the billions of dollars squandered on it primarily benefiting Haitian President Jean-Bertrande Aristide. And then there was the "oil for food" scam between the UN and Saddam Hussein.
Now let us focus on Iran. It is obvious the UN will do nothing, and can do nothing, to stop Iran's nuclear development program. And judging from Barack Obama's policy of appeasing Islam, the US will do nothing to stop Tehran's nuclear weapons program, which may be only months way from producing its first bomb.
For Israel, a nuclear-armed Iran is an existential issue that raises the specter of another Holocaust. Israel must therefore take its future into its own hands; it must act unilaterally and choose the moment to attack Iran - as former US Ambassador to the United Nations Mr. Bolton urged in the Wall Street Journal on December 7, 2007.
Viewed in this light, the United Nations is passe, and good riddance. If a new UN is desirable, it should consist solely of the ninety or so states classified as democracies by Freedom House; those nations in which the state is the custodian of Man's God-given rights to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.
If any country, from both a historical and theological perspective, is qualified to promote the formation of such a United Nations, it is Israel. Of course, not the Israel that kowtows to terrorist thugs. I mean an Israel on the way to constructing the Third Temple, where once more Jerusalem can stand majestically as in the days of King Solomon, attracting nations near and far. My heart and soul is recalling the prophecy of Zechariah about a time when "ten men of every nationality, speaking different languages, shall take hold of every Jew by the corner of his garment and say, 'Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.'"
Yes, ten men of every nation. Surely, they will be nations that abide by the Seven Noahide Laws of Universal Morality, the true catholicism included in the Torah for all humanity. Ten men of every nationality journeying to Jerusalem the City of Peace, as well as the City of Truth.
Yet, at this point in time, let us not be carried away by tenderness. For peace and truth to unite and prevail, Israel must first triumph over her enemies, today led by Satanic Iran. Israel is waiting for the moment. She knows that the mullahs of Iran are driven by the memory of the Persian Empire. She knows that a nuclear-armed Iran in
My heart and soul is recalling the prophecy of Zechariah.
control of the Persian Gulf would ensure Iran's hegemony over the Middle East and beyond. Israel also knows that she will be the first target; for if Iran controls Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, a billion Muslims will exult in victory, will explode in frenzy and wreak havoc on the world, screaming "Allahu Akbar!"
So Israel will strike first, and this will mark the beginning of a new Middle East, one that hardly anyone dreams of. While Iran is being devastated, the Israel Defense Forces will crush Hizbullah, Hamas, Fatah and Syria. Israel will eliminate the entire terrorist network west of the Jordan River. Countless Arabs will flee from Judea and Samaria, as well as from Gaza - as they did after the Six-Day War.
The cruel and cynical peace charade will be over. The mendacity of Lilliputian politicians will be silent. The Lion of Judah will have triumphed. During the aftermath of perhaps two decades, Israel will organize the peace in cooperation with Muslim reformers found throughout Middle East; those who have been silenced by the mullahs and dictators.
The Seven Noahide Laws of Morality will unite the region. Non-secular constitutional democracies will begin to flourish. The United States will cooperate, but petro-dollars will no longer lubricate its diplomacy.
And so, at last, the ethos of jihad will cease to torment mankind, and the people of the Middle East, with the cooperation of a God-inspired Israel, will gain a new birth of freedom.