Special Report: The UN’s ‘Ceasefire’
Vol: 58 Issue: 21 Friday, July 21, 2006
It’s a little hard to believe, (or would be, if Israel were not involved) Secretary General of United Nations called for an immediate ‘ceasefire’ between Israel and the Hezbollah terrorists infesting Lebanon. The incredibly incompetent UN chief also announced that in his view, both sides are equally to blame.
Evidently, Annan blames Israel for having its forces inside its own borders where Hezbollah could kidnap them, and he blames Hezbollah for – well, I couldn’t find exactly what Annan blames Hezbollah for. Just that the New York Times, et al, echoed the point that both sides are equally to blame.
Speaking to the Security Council, he said, Despite our assessment that a full cease-fire remains difficult to achieve at this time, I remain of the view that the international community must make its position clear on the need for an immediate cessation of hostilities, and a far greater and more credible effort by Israel to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure while the conditions for such a cessation are urgently developed.”
So it is Israel who is remiss by not protecting ‘civilians and civilian infrastructure’? It is almost too ridiculous to contemplate.
The conflict with Hezbollah was sparked when terrorists infiltrated Israel and kidnapped Israeli soldiers who were on Israeli soil, taking them hostage and demanding a ‘prisoner swap’ — two IDF soldiers for 1,000 incarcerated Palestinian terrorists.
Hamas, who kidnapped the first Israeli soldier just weeks before Hezbollah made its move, has been raining Katyusha rockets down on Israel from Gaza, ostensibly fighting the Israeli ‘occupation’ since the Israeli ‘occupation’ of Gaza ceased ten months ago.
And it is Israel that is singled out for not protecting civilians and civilian infrastructure? Israel’s UN Ambassador Dan Gillerman noted that, “the three key elements of this were not addressed terror, Syria and Iran. Without addressing terror, he said, there will be no cessation of hostilities.
Not good enough, says the world community. First, Israel must cease hostilities against the terrorists, withdraw without its kidnapped soldiers, meet Hezbollah’s demands for a prisoner swap, and finally, negotiate yet another one-sided agreement.
Perhaps then, the UN might consider the fact that Resolution 1559 demanding the complete dismantling of Hamas and Hezbollah has been ignored by every other involved government except Israel — which is in the process of complying with the Security Council’s demands.
Blaming ‘both sides’ is a UN diplomatic fiction that allows the UN to come down on the Israeli side while appearing to be even-handed. The UN is big on accusing Israel (and the US) of ‘war crimes’. But according to the UN’s own conventions, hostage-taking IS a war crime.
According to a document issued by the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, “hostage-taking constitutes a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and is also a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions.”
Of course, when the Rome Statutes were being drawn up, They were never intended to include the taking of Israeli hostages. For reasons the world community won’t explain, captured Israelis are prisoners of war, not hostages.
When Palestinian terrorists took a planeload of Israelis hostage at the Entebbe airport in Uganda in 1976, Israel launched ‘Operation Entebbe’ in which Israeli planes sneaked into Uganda, where Israeli commandos freed the hostages and spirited them back to Israel.
The UN gravely accused Israel of ‘violating international law’ (there’s a law against rescuing hostages?) and a Security Council resolution was circulated condemning Israel for ‘acts of aggression’ narrowly failed passage.
The words ‘Israeli’ and ‘hostage’ are seldom used in the same sentence at the UN. It is a tacit admission of the secret global war being conducted against the Jewish state.
Israelis are taken ‘prisoner’ rather than ‘hostage’ because; a) taking hostages is a war crime and b) all Israeli citizens are legitimate war targets in the global ‘undeclaration’ of war that has existed against Israel since May 14, 1948.
According to the UN’s unofficial spokesmen at the New York Times, the UN should “enforce a ceasefire as soon as possible,” arguing that a “wider war” would benefit only “Iran, Syria, and the armed Islamic radical groups that they support throughout the region.”
Iran, Syria and armed Islamic groups would ‘benefit’ from being defeated by Israel? Well, in that case, what’s the problem? Doesn’t the UN WANT Iran, Syria and armed Islamic groups to benefit? What is the point of the thousand-plus UN resolutions aimed at benefiting Israel’s enemies?
Israel has endured sixty years of enforced ceasefire — with the only clear beneficiaries of ceasefire are Israel’s enemies.
Israel ceases hostilities, her enemies rearm and regroup, and then they begin a new war, which the UN immediately blames on Israel, followed by demands for a ceasefire before Israel is able to wipe out its tormentors.
This dynamic, where Israel is forced to pull back to allow her enemies to re-arm before resuming hostilities, is called ‘the cycle of violence’ — which the UN invariably blames on Israel.
Israel has been careful to avoid civilian casualties, even dropping leaflets warning civilians of impending attacks, even though it also meant warning the targets.
The terrorist AIM at civilians. They ARE the targets. The UN is demanding a ceasefire against the TERRORISTS. No similar demands have ever been made against Islamic terror groups attacking Israel.
The Hebrew Prophet Zechariah wrote more than two thousand years ago that, in the last days, Israel would once again be restored to her homeland. At that time, says Zechariah, the whole world would unite against Israel over the ownership of the city of Jerusalem.
Eventually, says the prophet, the world community will assemble a military force aimed at ending Israel’s existence altogether.
“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 12:2-3)
Zechariah’s prophecy reads like tomorrow’s headlines; “Israel Rejects Ceasefire – UN Forces Dispatched to Region to Settle Dispute Over Jerusalem.”