Jerusalem Summit Calls for Alternative to UN

The Second Jerusalem Summit came to a close last night (Tuesday) with a plenary session entitled “Geopolitical Crisis: Israel – Between Civilizations.”

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The three-day summit, which began November 27 at Jerusalem’s King David Hotel, has focused on developing a “Humanitarian Solution to the Middle East Conflict.”

Sessions offered include topics such as, “Liberation of Moslem Women as Means of Changing the Totalitarian Regimes” and “The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Shifting the Paradigm from ‘Political’ to ‘Humanitarian’.”

The first Jerusalem Summit took place in October 2003. Among the featured participants in this year’s summit were Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, Mayor of Jerusalem Uri Lupolianski, Gen. (ret.) Eitan Ben-Eliyahu, former Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, former Foreign Minister of Spain Ana Palacio, Congressman (R-CO) Robert Beauprez, former Uruguayan President Luis Alberto La Calle, MK Benny Elon (National Union), Gen. (ret.) Yehuda Segev, Amb. Dr. Dore Gold, MK Dr. Yuri Shtern (National Union), and Lt.-Col. (ret. ) Dr. Yoram Kahati.

Also participating were Director of Palestinian Media Watch Itamar Marcus, author John Loftus, French filmmaker Pierre Rehov, Dr. Daniel Pipes, Dennis Prager, and
Caroline Glick of the Jerusalem Post.

Rep. Robert Beauprez was one of those to address the Summit on Monday, with a topic entitled, “Assessing the UN: The Search for Alternative Approaches.” The Congressman began by quoting Chapter 122 of Psalms, calling for “praying for peace in Jerusalem.” He expressed the American administration's hope that the new PA leaders will eradicate the teachings of fanaticism and hate from schools and will stop inculcating the PA youth to become “human weapons of war."

Beauprez spoke of the fabrication and untruths spread by Israel’s enemies, adding, “When truths go unchallenged, peace is a casualty; when untruths are tolerated, good people die." Beauprez added that some 3,400 years ago, the current day’s truths were established at Mount Sinai when G-d gave the Torah.

“If the United Nations continues to be dysfunctional," the Congressman said, "then other means must be sought” to bring an end to the ongoing conflict. Along these lines, the 2004 Jerusalem Summit features an innovative new concept called the Council of Civilizations – an international body intended to offer an alternative model to the United Nations.

Beauprez wasn’t the only Jerusalem Summit speaker to call for the establishment of a new international body of democratic states to implement the charter of the United Nations. Many speakers claimed that the UN has neglected its original mandate.

Isi Liebler, Senior Vice President of the World Jewish Congress opened the summit by declaring that the United Nations has become a “burden to global tranquility.” In its present form, he said, it would be best for the UN “to disappear." Liebler added that the international body “displays incompetence on the level of its predecessor, the League of Nations.”

Weaving together the themes of global Islamic terrorism and the plight of Muslim women was the screening of the documentary, “Submission." The film's Dutch director was murdered after receiving multiple death threats from Muslims who found the film insulting to Islam. The film was produced together with a female parliamentarian who had renounced her Islamic faith.

Former Mossad Intelligence Agency director Shabtai Shavit also addressed the forum. Considered to be an expert in the field of counter-terrorism, Shavit told the forum he sees terrorism as being divided into two categories: “classical” and “current.” He then elaborated on some of the distinctive characteristics of each.

The “classical” age of terrorism ended, Shavit explained, in the 1970s, making way for the “current” age of terrorism. He noted that in the past, terrorists operated more locally, followed by a transition to a global terrorist operating platform. He said that terror today is primarily motivated by “religious fanaticism,” and specifically, Islamic fundamentalism.

Shavit, a 32-year veteran of Israel’s intelligence community, also expressed the need for the establishment of an international body to fulfill the mandate of the United Nations.

Another speaker, Prof. Anne Bayefsky of the Hudson Institute, an internationally acclaimed expert on human rights law, labeled the UN the “leading global purveyor of anti-Semitism.” The professor pointed to the recent American national elections, in which both candidates concurred in pre-election debates that the UN is no longer an option. Prof. Bayefsky added that the shameful Durban Conference was yet another example of the UN’s blatant anti-Semitic agenda.

The Jerusalem Summit is sponsored by the Michael Cherney Foundation, the Israel Ministry of Tourism, the Jerusalem Municipality and the National Unity Coalition for Israel.

Due to the abundance of Christian leaders and politicians attending the Jerusalem Summit, the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus held a meeting today to coincide with the summit. The Caucus was formed in the wake of the First Jerusalem Summit last year.

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