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      Michael Freund is Founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel (www.shavei.org), which reaches out and assists "lost Jews" seeking to return to the Jewish people. He writes a syndicated column and feature stories for the Jerusalem Post. Previously, he served as Deputy Director of Communications & Policy Planning in the Israeli Prime Minister´s Office under former premier Benjamin Netanyahu. A native of New York, he holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He has lived in Israel for the past decade.
      Tammuz 12, 5766, 7/8/2006

      The UNiform failure of the UN

      Diplomacy is pushing full steam ahead in New York, as the members of the United Nations Security Council press forward with efforts to pass a resolution in the coming days regarding the situation in Lebanon.

      What the outcome of all this maneuvering will be remains unclear, but of one thing we can all be certain: anything that involves the UN will undoubtedly work against Israel and its interests.

      Take, for example, the UN's complete and utter failure to ensure the implementation of its own resolutions regarding Lebanon, such as Security Council resolution 1559. Passed in September 2004, the document stated that the UN was "gravely concerned" by the presence of "armed militias" in Lebanon, and called for "the disbanding and disarmament of all Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias".

      In other words, Hizbullah was supposed to disappear off the map – which, of course, has yet to happen.

      Attack_by_hizbullah_on_haifaOr how about the UN's military presence in southern Lebanon, which is known as UNIFIL (perhaps they should consider changing that to UNIFAIL…). According to its website, UNIFIL was founded in 1978 with three goals in mind: "to confirm Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, restore the international peace and security, and help the Lebanese Government restore its effective authority in the area."

      While it did indeed confirm Israel's retreat, it has failed miserably with regard to the other two, and far more important, objectives – and that is why the current conflict is raging anew.

      Had UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan devoted his attention in recent years to dismantling Hizbullah, rather than criticizing Israel for defending itself, the people of the region – including the Lebanese – would be a whole lot better off.

      Hence, bringing in the UN at this point in order to "solve" the problem is a mistake of colossal proportions. It is essentially rewarding the world organization for its past failures, and inviting it to screw things up all over again.

      Peace will come to the area not through another UN resolution, nor an imposed cease-fire.

      The only way to achieve stability is to eliminate the source of the instability – and that is (as the UN itself once recognized) none other than the terrorists of Hizbullah.