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Quit the UN

By Prof. Paul Eidelberg, President, Foundation for Constitutional Democracy. July 11, 2002.

Back in 1975, when the UN declared Zionism a form of racism, I proposed that Israel resign from the UN. Here is what I now say:

The Jewish state of Israel is supposed to set an example to mankind. Therefore, Israel will not establish diplomatic relations with any tyrannical regime. To do so is to dignify tyrants and perpetuate their unjust rule over their people. It also lowers the moral standards of the Jewish people. The Torah makes distinctions between good and bad regimes, and warns against seeking relations with those that are wicked. To seek the recognition of Arab states only arouses their contempt for Israel; and to offer them "land for peace" not only makes them more contemptuous of Jews, but encourages them to make war. By not seeking relations with hostile Arab and Islamic states, Israel will cease to be diplomatically dependent on Washington.

Consistent with the preceding, Israel should quit the United Nations. The UN, which is dominated by Arab-Islamic and other dictatorships, has repeatedly passed resolutions condemning Israel. Here is a brief summary based on a study by Middle East analyst Gail Winston:

The Security Council: "condemned", "censured", "deplored", "strongly deplored", etc. Israel 49 times; the Arabs: Zero. The Security Council passed 131 Resolutions: 43 were neutral; 88 criticized or opposed or judged against Israel. Zero critical of any Arab state or entity such as the PLO (founded in 1964).

The General Assembly: cumulative number of votes cast with or for Israel: 7,938; against Israel: 55,642. The General Assembly passed 429 Resolutions against Israel's desires (62%); only 56 against Arab desires (8%). The General Assembly "condemned", "vigorously condemned", "strongly condemned", "deplored", "strongly deplored", "censured", "denounced" Israel 321 times -- the Arabs Zero condemnations.

Since it first convened in 1946, at least one Arab state sat on the nine-country Security Council in 39 of its first 43 years. Israel never sat on the Security Council. [In June 2002 Syria, which is still listed on the U.S. State Department as a Terrorist State, was voted in as Head of the Security Council.]

The vast majority of the countries represented in the UN membership are dictatorships that should never have been admitted to the UN, for they violate Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which declares: "Everyone has the right to take part in the Government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives."

The principle of one nation/one vote in the General Assembly places democratic and despotic regimes on the same level. This is morally repugnant.

Israel's having an international forum at the UN is of dubious value, as is the UN itself. Fred Fleitz, senior adviser to Under Secretary of State John Bolton, exposes UN waste and corruption and the human costs that resulted therefrom. His book, Peacekeeping Fiascoes of the 1990s: Causes, Solutions, and U.S. Interests, provides a comprehensive and highly critical assessment of the UN. Among other debacles, he shows how the failed UN mission in Bosnia led to genocide; how the UN debacle in Somalia emboldened terrorists the world over; how the UN operation in Cambodia enabled a ruthless dictator, Hun Sen, to consolidate and retain power in Cambodia; how the UN peacekeeping operation in Haiti collapsed, with the billions of dollars squandered on it principally benefitting Haitian President Jean-Bertrande Artistide.

To all this, add the UN sponsored Durban Conference, which became a vicious instrument of anti-Semitism and Israel-bashing.

The very reason why Israel (as well as the United States) has (belatedly) refused to become a member of the recently formed International Criminal Court (ICC) is the same reason why Israel should cease being a member of the UN (an attitude shared by many millions of Americans. The UN can instruct the ICC to try Jewish settlers as "war criminals"!

The UN is not only a sinkhole of corruption and ineptitude. It is intended by globalists to metamorphose into a world government. Such a government would constitute the greatest tyranny in human history. A world government would have a monopoly of military power with agents in every country to prevent any country from developing its own arms. Such a government would impose a stultifying uniformity on all nations, contrary to the Torah. God creates nations, which have a right to develop their own cultural identity, limited only by the Seven Noahide Laws of Universal Morality.

In announcing its resignation from the UN, Israel should call for the establishment of a new United Nations, one whose states are democracies that recognize the Seven Noahide Laws of Universal Morality, which a U.S. joint session of Congress explicitly incorporated in Public Law 102-14 (102 P.L. 14; 1991 H.J. Res. 104; 105 Stat. 44) establishing March 26, 1991 as "Education Day"!

If the corruption and failings of the UN were also publicized, I dare say that a majority of the American people would cheer Israel for taking the high moral ground and call upon the Bush Administration to leave the present UN and take the lead in establishing a new one.