On December 22, B’nai B’rith International sent a letter to United States Secretary of State John Kerry requesting a clear and public pledge of American opposition to Palestinian Authority efforts to impose unilateral demands on Israel through the United Nations.
In their latest push to force an ultimatum on Israel to advance their political objectives, the PA has drafted a resolution to the UN Security Council, in which Israel would be forced to “withdraw” from the “West Bank and East Jerusalem” by 2016.
This latest circumvention of negotiations with Israel, President Allan J. Jacobs and Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin wrote to Kerry, is unacceptable.
The United States must consistently oppose these efforts by employing its veto power in the Security Council, the letter states, if true peace is to be achieved.
Jacobs and Mariaschin wrote: “As you know, the Palestinian Authority has openly spoken of its strategy to ‘internationalize’ the conflict with Israel, and this further politicization of global institutions in the context of an already difficult regional reality is the last thing needed in the pursuit of calm, reconciliation and peace in the Middle East.
“Sadly, [last] week, a draft Security Council resolution was circulated that would unacceptably dictate demands of Israel outside the framework of direct negotiations and mutual compromise with the Palestinians.”
“In the event that its inherent ultimatum is not met, the Palestinian Authority has even threatened to import tensions with Israel to the International Criminal Court, dangerously risking impediment to essential counterterrorism efforts. Reportedly, other actors in the international community have also considered advancing their own related proposals at the Security Council.”
“The UN – along, of course, with the US, the European Union and Russia – is a member of the Quartet on Middle East peace, which long ago established that Palestinian-Israeli disputes can be resolved only through serious, meaningful bilateral talks.”
“As a critical element of foreign policy, and a reflection of broad-based bipartisan commitment, the US has consistently stood against the exploitation of the UN as a political tool against our key ally, Israel.”
“It is vitally in the American national interest, and in the interest of a genuine and lasting peace, that the U.S. make known publicly and unambiguously that it will oppose a Palestinian posture of unilateralism and confrontation in global bodies, let alone motions that fail to uphold Israel’s security needs and identity as a Jewish state.”