Blue Helmets in Jerusalem?
Vol: 23 Issue: 28 Thursday, August 28, 2003
A growing number of bipartisan US lawmakers are floating the possibility of a United Nations multinational force being sent to Israel to enforce a Palestinian ceasefire.
Since there is no ceasefire, and Hamas rejected Arafat s public (and phony) call for renewing the ceasefire broken when Hamas blew up a bus filled with women and children, it makes one wonder what the real agenda is.
Senator Richard Lugar, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Washington should consider the possibility that U.S. and other nations’ troops be sent to the Middle East to provide stability for Israelis and Palestinians in the wake of deadly violence that threatened U.S.-backed peace efforts. “You have to have some military entity that is going to be able to control the terror,” added Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who opposed military action against Saddam.
“If we’re serious about having a situation of stability, a very direct action, I think, is going to be required,” Lugar (R-Indiana) told CNN on Sunday. “We ought to involve our NATO allies. We ought to involve others in the Middle East. In other words, we need to think through this carefully. But still, the terrorists have to be routed out because they will ruin any possibility for peace in that area,” he said.
Feinstein (D-California) agreed with Lugar’s statements. “I hope we’re not there, but we may well be. The Palestinians have wanted a United Nations or an American observer force,” she told CNN.
“I mean, it’s clear to me you can’t have just a straight observer force. But you have to have some military entity that is going to be able to control the terror. Otherwise, the situation is going to dissolve into nothingness,” she said.
Other US lawmakers have concluded that peace would not be a reality until the Palestinian security forces were united under the alleged ‘leadership’ of Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas.
If America is as committed as I believe we are, and as dedicated as our actions suggest at times … then we’re going to have to support the Palestinians, and support particularly Prime Minister Abbas in more meaningful and bigger ways than we have up to this point,” said Rep. Howard Ford (D-Tennessee), speaking to Fox News yesterday.
Abu Mazen “has got to win a political power struggle with [Palestinian Authority Chairman] Yasser Arafat because he’s holding onto the old way of dealing with Israel,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina ) on “Fox News Sunday.” “[Arafat] doesn’t really want a two-state solution; Abbas does. And Abbas has got to make the decision to declare war, politically and militarily, against Hamas and Islamic Jihad.”
It is almost as if there are two realities the one the rest of us see — where Abbas is Arafat s puppet, Arafat still holds all the cards, where terrorism continues unabated and Palestinians march in the streets shouting Death of Israel. And the other reality that US lawmakers live in.
In that reality, the Palestinian Authority really wants peace, isn t dedicated to Israel s destruction, doesn t have any influence with Hamas and would stop the terror if Israel would just stop by so aggressive by retaliating. (Do any of the lawyers in Congress know what retaliation means?)
How can Representative Graham believe that Arafat doesn t want a two-state solution, but Abbas does ? On what evidence does he base that conclusion? On Abbas performance thus far? Or on empty promises none of which have been fulfilled?
Abbas promised to dismantle the terrorist network, instead, he negotiated a truce (that only Israel observed) and proclaimed he fulfilled his obligation. During the time that Abbas was fulfilling his obligation, more than fifty Israelis were murdered (as well as almost a dozen Americans).
And that was the ONLY obligation imposed on the Palestinians that the PA even paid lip service to. The terror attacks continued, before, during and after the alleged ceasefire that substituted for declaring terror groups illegal and breaking them up.
Israel is understandably nervous about having UN troops in Jerusalem, enforcing a ceasefire between the two sides. Israel is a state, the Palestinian Authority is a mob.
In the event of a Palestinian suicide attack on Israel, the PA can blame rogue elements. An Israeli retaliation, on the other hand, can only occur with the blessing of the state. Israel has no one to pass the blame to.
A UN peacekeeping presence would have little or no effect on terror, but it would hamstring Israel s ability to retaliate. The only ones that would be under any genuine UN protection would be the terrorists.
The UN has been trying to get involved with the Arab-Israeli conflict for decades, but Israel has wisely kept them at arm s length. Until now, the United States, as aware of the UN record as anybody, has rejected UN peacekeepers in Israel without their first being a peace to keep.
One needn t have a degree in international affairs to understand that sending in UN troops will NOT bring peace. The moment the UN takes an action the terrorists don t like, the UN will be declared a Zionist supporter, or a puppet of Washington, or whatever, and the UN s neutrality will be as respected by the Palestinians as it was in Iraq.
Keeping the peace between Muslims and Serbs in Kosovo isn t the same thing as keeping the peace between Arabs and Jews. In Kosovo, both sides are committed to ending the conflict.
In the Arab-Israeli equation, Israel wants to eliminate the conflict, and the Arabs want to eliminate Israel.
Note again Senator Lugar’s solution to the Middle East’s most implacable conflict, and compare it to the words of the Prophet Zechariah, penned 2500 years ago.
Here’s what Lugar said: “We ought to involve our NATO allies. We ought to involve others in the Middle East.”
Here’s what Zechariah said: “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, THOUGH ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE EARTH be gathered together against it. (Zechariah 12:3-4)
And here’s what Jesus said: “And when these things BEGIN to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21:28