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Break Up the ‘Quartet,’ Says ZOA

Disband the “Quartet” – UN, EU. US and Russia – because of its bias against Israel, says the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA).
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 8/23/2011, 1:08 PM

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The “Quartet” of the United Nations, European Union, United States and Russia should be disbanded because of its bias against Israel, says the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA).

The ZOA said the last straw was the Quartet’s statement last week that criticized Israel for approving new homes in United Jerusalem and Samaria (Shomron) while omitting any reference to constant Palestinian Authority violations of previous agreements.

“In view of the Quartet’s long-standing bias against Israel, as evidenced in its 2003 Roadmap peace plan, which virtually discarded the Oslo requirement of Palestinian compliance and which aims to create a Palestinian state led by an unreformed, extremist, terror-supporting PA, the ZOA has called for its disbanding,” the ZOA stated.

It pointed out that it is not alone in its view.

Former Deputy National Security Advisor, Elliott Abrams, also called for breaking up the Quartet. He said, “The last time the Middle East Quartet met, on July 11, it was unable even to issue a statement about the key issue before it – the Palestinian effort to get the UN General Assembly and Security Council to declare Palestine a state and admit it to membership. Nor has the Quartet been able to issue a statement about the attacks the Assad regime has been carrying out this week against Palestinian refugee camps in Syria, which have led thousands of Palestinians to flee their homes.

“But it did on August 16 get itself organized to address what it apparently saw as a graver issue and a greater threat to peace, Israel’s announcement of plans to construct additional housing units in Jerusalem and Ariel,” a large city in central Samaria.

Abrams added, “Nowadays the Quartet seems able to reach agreement on only one thing: criticism of Israel.”

ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “The ZOA has watched for years, hoping an elementary sense of responsibility and decency would lead the Quartet to hold the Palestinians to their never-fulfilled obligations to arrest terrorists, outlaw terrorist groups and end the incitement to hatred and murder in the PA-controlled media, mosques, schools and youth camps that feed terrorism. Instead, as in its latest statement, it fixates on Jews seeking to build homes in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem and finds this a threat to peace.”

Noting the PA's continuing incitement of terrorism, in direct violation of written commitments to stop terror and incitement, Klein added, “In recent days, PA-controlled TV has approvingly interviewed a Palestinian mother proud of the fact that her son became a terrorist bomb-maker who wanted to marry 'the seventy' virgins promised for a Muslim martyr in paradise."

“It also broadcast a program stating that the Western Wall plaza, dedicated to Jewish prayer at the Western Wall, will one day be replaced by a new Arab neighborhood. Also, the official PA daily newspaper has again denied Jewish history by referring to the Jerusalem Temple as an ‘alleged Temple.’”