Crimes And U.S. Threats To Withdraw Financial Support For
By JAMAL KANJ
October 26, 2012 "Information
- THE US State Department is circulating a confidential
letter urging European Union (EU) members and other "friendly"
countries to help block Palestinian attempts to secure
non-member Observer State status at the United Nations (UN)
The memorandum, seen by this writer, falsely asserts that the US
and the Middle East Peace Quartet are working toward a two-state
solution that envisages "a secure, democratic Jewish State of
Israel and a Palestinian State as a homeland for the Palestinian
While the Peace Quartet has endorsed the establishment of an
independent Palestinian State, it never agreed on defining
Israel as a "Jewish state". In fact, this issue was a sticking
point leading to the failure of the Quartet's meeting in July
The State Department communiqu also claims the US continues "to
urge both parties to avoid provocative one-sided actions that
could undermine trust".
Sadly, the US is conspicuously treating Palestinian diplomatic
efforts at the UN as more serious than Israel's interminable
breaches of the 20-year-old Oslo Accords.
Phlegmatic on Israeli violations, the US State Department is
mobilising its own diplomatic corps on behalf of Israel to
undermine Palestinians' basic right to a state of their own.
In the private US document, the administration cautioned that "a
General Assembly resolution on Palestinian statehood could also
open the door to Palestinian participation as a state in other
international fora, including at the International Criminal
Why is the US concerned about this?
UN Observer State status will only grant the ICC jurisdiction
over war crimes committed within the geographical area of the
In the absence of war crimes, the ICC's jurisdiction becomes
Perhaps US apprehension over Palestinian entry into the UN -
with power to adjudicate on matters related to war crimes - is
an implicit admission of Israeli culpability in such crimes.
The letter carried an oblique warning to European countries that
Palestine joining the UN will have "significant negative
consequences" including "our ability to maintain our significant
financial support for the Palestinian Authority" - implying that
EU countries will be left with the burden of supporting a
Palestinian economy strangled by Israeli occupation.
Israel's grip on US foreign policy is bizarre.
Last month, since the Israeli Prime Minister was not there, the
US President had to cancel a 20-year-old tradition of meeting
world leaders present for the opening of the UN General Assembly
To avoid the appearance of meeting world leaders, but not
Benjamin Netanyahu, Barack Obama called off his meetings
This irrational Israeli influence over American foreign policy
was investigated at length in a book called The Israeli Lobby
and US Foreign Lobby by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, who
argued: "It is time for the United States to treat Israel not as
a special case but as a normal state, and to deal with it much
as it deals with any other country."
In his farewell speech in 1796, the founding father and first
American President George Washington presaged these type of
relations and forewarned about the danger of "the insidious
wiles of foreign influence".
"The jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake,
since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one
of the most baneful foes of republican government," he said.
Indeed, the Israeli lobby's diabolic "influence" over elected
American officials is the most destructive threat to US
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