September 5 2009
Israeli plans to authorise the construction of hundreds of houses in the occupied West Bank sparked furious protests from American and Palestinian officials yesterday.
In a nod to US requests to suspend all building work at Jewish settlements, Binyamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister, is offering a freeze on construction at a later date — a peace gambit that did little to mollify those involved in the negotiations leading to a new Middle East peace process.
President Obama had hoped to start formal talks between Palestinians and Israel later this month.
“We regret the reports of Israel’s plans to approve additional settlement construction,” Robert Gibbs, the White House spokesman, said. “As the President has said before, the United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement expansion and we urge it to stop.
Another US official said: “In the end America will be forced to do what is necessary to bring the Israelis and the Palestinians back to the negotiation table. But the Netanyahu Government has proven difficult to work with.”
Settlement growth has been a key impediment to the peace talks. The Jewish settlements, built on land earmarked for a future Palestinian state, are strongly supported by much of the right-wing constituency that elected Mr Netanyahu.
The new plan, drawn up by Mr Netanyahu and outlined by officials close to him yesterday, seeks to placate the right-wing elements of his coalition, while moving forward on conditions laid down by the Obama Administration.
It proposes that Israel would agree to a freeze of settlement building for up to nine months, excluding 2,500 housing units that are already under construction, and settlement projects in east Jerusalem.
In exchange Mr Netanyahu hopes that Arab states will begin to normalise ties with Israel and allow it to open offices in Arab countries and grant overflight rights for Israeli aircraft. He also plans to approve the construction of approximately 500 additional housing units, bringing the total number to 3,000, aides said.
The proposal infuriated Palestinian negotiators, who accused Israel of posturing for peace while attempting to “worm” more illegal construction into the deal. “What the Israeli Government said [about the planned construction] is not useful. It is unacceptable for us. We want a freeze on all settlement construction,” Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian Authority, said. He reiterated that the entire Middle East peace process hinged on a freeze of all Israeli settlement construction.
Mr Abbas is under US pressure to accept Israel’s conditions before a planned summit with Mr Netanyahu and President Obama on the fringes of the UN General Assembly meeting. George Mitchell, Washington’s Middle East envoy, who is due in the region next week, has been pressing Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to reach a basic understanding before the meeting, brokered by the US Administration.
It appeared unlikely, however, that the US knew of Mr Netanyahu’s plan to add an additional 500 homes to those already approved. Kurt Hoyer, a spokesman for the US Embassy in Tel Aviv, said that Washington would be unlikely to accept anything “contrary to the spirit of negotiations they’ve been undertaking”.
American officials have been pushing for a settlement freeze, with a senior State Department official telling the Jerusalem Post newspaper that a nine-month halt to construction would be “long enough to be credible and for negotiations to proceed”.
There has been much speculation over the concessions that Mr Netanyahu is willing to make. In a speech this year he declared for the first time that Palestinians should be granted an independent state.
Nevertheless, construction of settlements in the West Bank has continued, albeit at a slower pace, since he took office. Government figures showed that construction fell by a third in the first half of 2009.
Palestinians hope to make Jerusalem their capital, and the 1967 green line, which roughly demarcates the border upon which the negotiations are being conducted, establishes east Jerusalem as part of a unified Palestinian state.
“Jerusalem is the one issue that Netanyahu will not compromise over,” one MP in the Prime Minister’s Likud party said. Palestinian negotiators have made it clear that no final peace accord will be reached without a Palestinian stake in Jerusalem.
Sure they are Furious who are they trying to kid. The US have vetoes dozens of UN Resolutions.
List of Resolutions
Palestinian Refugees have the right to return to their homes in Israel.
General Assembly Resolution 194, Dec. 11, 1948
“Resolves that the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible.”
Israel’s occupation of Palestine is Illegal.
Security Council Resolution 242, Nov. 22, 1967
Calls for the withdrawal of Israeli forces from territories occupied in the war that year and “the acknowledgment of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every state in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force.”
Israel’s settlements in Palestine are Illegal.
Security Council Resolution 446, March 22, 1979
“Determines that the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.”
Palestinian have the right to Self-Determination.
General Assembly Resolution 3236, November 22, 1974
Affirms “the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people in Palestine…to self-determination without external interference” and “to national independence and sovereignty.”
Reaffirmation of a Palestinian State
Security Council Resolution 1397, March 12, 2002
Affirms “a vision of a region where two states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side within secure and recognized borders.”
UN Resolutions on Israel, 1955-1992
Resolution 106: condemns Israel for Gaza raid.
Resolution 111: condemns Israel for raid on Syria that killed fifty-six people.
Resolution 127: recommends Israel suspend its no-man’s zone’ in Jerusalem.
Resolution 162: urges Israel to comply with UN decisions.
Resolution 171: determines flagrant violations by Israel in its attack on Syria.
Resolution 228: censures Israel for its attack on Samu in the West Bank, then under Jordanian control.
Resolution 237: urges Israel to allow return of new 1967 Palestinian refugees.
Resolution 248: condemns Israel for its massive attack on Karameh in Jordan.
Resolution 250: calls on Israel to refrain from holding military parade in Jerusalem.
Resolution 251: deeply deplores Israeli military parade in Jerusalem in defiance of Resolution 250.
Resolution 252: declares invalid Israel’s acts to unify Jerusalem as Jewish capital.
Resolution 256: condemns Israeli raids on Jordan as flagrant violation.
Resolution 259: deplores Israel’s refusal to accept UN mission to probe occupation.
Resolution 262: condemns Israel for attack on Beirut airport.
Resolution 265: condemns Israel for air attacks for Salt in Jordan.
Resolution 267: censures Israel for administrative acts to change the status of Jerusalem.
Resolution 270: condemns Israel for air attacks on villages in southern Lebanon.
Resolution 271: condemns Israel’s failure to obey UN resolutions on Jerusalem.
Resolution 279: demands withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanon.
Resolution 280: condemns Israeli’s attacks against Lebanon.
Resolution 285: demands immediate Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.
Resolution 298: deplores Israel’s changing of the status of Jerusalem.
Resolution 313: demands that Israel stop attacks against Lebanon.
Resolution 316: condemns Israel for repeated attacks on Lebanon.
Resolution 317: deplores Israel’s refusal to release.
Resolution 332: condemns Israel’s repeated attacks against Lebanon.
Resolution 337: condemns Israel for violating Lebanon’s sovereignty.
Resolution 347: condemns Israeli attacks on Lebanon.
Resolution 425: calls on Israel to withdraw its forces from Lebanon.
Resolution 427: calls on Israel to complete its withdrawal from Lebanon.
Resolution 444: deplores Israel’s lack of cooperation with UN peacekeeping forces.
Resolution 446: determines that Israeli settlements are a serious obstruction to peace and calls on Israel to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention
Resolution 450: calls on Israel to stop attacking Lebanon.
Resolution 452: calls on Israel to cease building settlements in occupied territories.
Resolution 465: deplores Israel’s settlements and asks all member states not to assist its settlements program.
Resolution 467: strongly deplores Israel’s military intervention in Lebanon.
Resolution 468: calls on Israel to rescind illegal expulsions of two Palestinian mayors and a judge and to facilitate their return.
Resolution 469: strongly deplores Israel’s failure to observe the council’s order not to deport Palestinians.
Resolution 471: expresses deep concern at Israel’s failure to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Resolution 476: reiterates that Israel’s claim to Jerusalem are null and void.
Resolution 478: censures (Israel) in the strongest terms for its claim to Jerusalem in its Basic Law.
Resolution 484: declares it imperative that Israel re-admit two deported Palestinian mayors.
Resolution 487: strongly condemns Israel for its attack on Iraq’s nuclear facility.
Resolution 497: decides that Israel’s annexation of Syria’s Golan Heights
is null and void and demands that Israel rescinds its decision forthwith.
Resolution 498: calls on Israel to withdraw from Lebanon.
Resolution 501: calls on Israel to stop attacks against Lebanon and withdraw its troops.
Resolution 509: demands that Israel withdraw its forces forthwith and unconditionally from Lebanon.
Resolution 515: demands that Israel lift its siege of Beirut and allow food supplies to be brought in.
Resolution 517: censures Israel for failing to obey UN resolutions and demands that Israel withdraw its forces from Lebanon.
Resolution 518: demands that Israel cooperate fully with UN forces in Lebanon.
Resolution 520: condemns Israel’s attack into West Beirut.
Resolution 573: condemns Israel vigorously for bombing Tunisia in attack on PLO headquarters.
Resolution 587: takes note of previous calls on Israel to withdraw its forces from Lebanon and urges all parties to withdraw.
Resolution 592: strongly deplores the killing of Palestinian students at Bir Zeit University by Israeli troops.
Resolution 605: strongly deplores Israel’s policies and practices denying the human rights of Palestinians.
Resolution 607: calls on Israel not to deport Palestinians and strongly requests it to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Resolution 608: deeply regrets that Israel has defied the United Nations and deported Palestinian civilians.
Resolution 636: deeply regrets Israeli deportation of Palestinian civilians.
Resolution 641: deplores Israel’s continuing deportation of Palestinians.
Resolution 672: condemns Israel for violence against Palestinians at the Haram Al-Sharif/Temple Mount.
Resolution 673: deplores Israel’s refusal to cooperate with the United Nations.
Resolution 681: deplores Israel’s resumption of the deportation of Palestinians.
Resolution 694: deplores Israel’s deportation of Palestinians and calls on it to ensure their safe and immediate return.
Resolution 726: strongly condemns Israel’s deportation of Palestinians.
Resolution 799: strongly condemns Israel’s deportation of 413 Palestinians and calls for their immediate return.
There are more resolutions not listed however.
List of some of the Resolutions the US has vetoed.
U.S. Vetoes of UN Resolutions Critical of Israel
|Subject||Date & Meeting||US Rep Casting Veto||Vote|
|Palestine: Syrian-Lebanese Complaint. 3 power draft resolution 2/10784||9/10/1972||Bush||13-1, 1|
|Palestine: Examination of Middle East Situation. 8-power draft resolution (S/10974)||7/2/1973||Scali||13-1, 0 (China not partic.)|
|Palestine: Egyptian-Lebanese Complaint. 5-power draft power resolution (S/11898)||12/8/1975||Moynihan||13-1, 1|
|Palestine: Middle East Problem, including Palestinian question. 6-power draft resolution (S/11940)||1/26/1976||Moynihan||9-1,3 (China & Libya not partic.)|
|Palestine: Situation in Occupied Arab Territories. 5-power draft resolution (S/12022)||3/25/1976||Scranton||14-1,0|
|Palestine: Report on Committee on Rights of Palestinian People. 4-power draft resolution (S/121119)||6/29/1976||Sherer||10-1,4|
|Palestine: Palestinian Rights. Tunisian draft resolution. (S/13911)||4/30/1980||McHenry||10-1,4|
|Palestine: Golan Heights. Jordan draft resolution. (S/14832/Rev. 2)||1/20/1982||Kirkpatrick||9-1,5|
|Palestine: Situation in Occupied Territories, Jordan draft resolution (S/14943)||4/2/1982||Lichenstein||13-1,1|
|Palestine: Incident at the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. 4-power draft resolution||4/20/1982||Kirpatrick||14-1, 0|
|Palestine: Conflict in Lebanon. Spain draft resolution. (S/15185)||6/8/1982||Kirpatrick||14-1,0|
|Palestine: Conflict in Lebanon. France draft resolution. (S/15255/Rev. 2)||6/26/1982||Lichenstein||14-1|
|Palestine: Conflict in Lebanon. USSR draft resolution. (S/15347/Rev. 1, as orally amended)||8/6/1982||Lichenstein||11-1,3|
|Palestine: Situation in Occupied Territories, 20-power draft resolution (S/15895)||8/2/1983||Lichenstein||13-1,1|
Security Council Vetoes/Negative voting 1983-present
|Occupied Arab Territories: Wholesale condemnation of Israeli settlement policies – not adopted||1983|
|S. Lebanon: Condemns Israeli action in southern Lebanon. S/16732||9/6/1984||Vetoed: 13-1 (U.S.), with 1 abstention (UK)|
|Occupied Territories: Deplores “repressive measures” by Israel against Arab population. S/19459.||9/13/1985||Vetoed: 10-1 (U.S.), with 4 abstentions (Australia, Denmark, UK, France)|
|Lebanon: Condemns Israeli practices against civilians in southern Lebanon. S/17000.||3/12/1985||Vetoed: 11-1 (U.S.), with 3 abstentions (Australia, Denmark, UK)|
|Occupied Territories: Calls upon Israel to respect Muslim holy places. S/17769/Rev. 1||1/30/1986||Vetoed: 13-1 (US), with one abstention (Thailand)|
|Lebanon: Condemns Israeli practices against civilians in southern Lebanon. S/17730/Rev. 2.||1/17/1986||Vetoed: 11-1 (U.S.), with 3 abstentions (Australia, Denmark, UK)|
|Libya/Israel: Condemns Israeli interception of Libyan plane. S/17796/Rev. 1.||2/6/1986||Vetoed: 10 -1 (US), with 4 abstentions (Australia, Denmark, France, UK)|
|Lebanon: Draft strongly deplored repeated Israeli attacks against Lebanese territory and other measures and practices against the civilian population; (S/19434)||1/18/1988||vetoed 13-1 (US), with 1 abstention (UK)|
|Lebanon: Draft condemned recent invasion by Israeli forces of Southern Lebanon and repeated a call for the immediate withdrawal of all Israeli forces from Lebanese territory; (S/19868)||5/10/1988||vetoed 14-1 (US)|
|Lebanon: Draft strongly deplored the recent Israeli attack against Lebanese territory on 9 December 1988; (S/20322)||12/14/1988||vetoed 14-1 (US)|
|Occupied territories: Draft called on Israel to accept de jure applicability of the 4th Geneva Convention; (S/19466)||1988||vetoed 14-1 (US)|
|Occupied territories: Draft urged Israel to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention, rescind the order to deport Palestinian civilians, and condemned policies and practices of Israel that violate the human rights of the Palestinian people in the occupied territories; (S/19780)||1988||vetoed 14-1 (US)|
|Occupied territories: Strongly deplored Israeli policies and practices in the occupied territories, and strongly deplored also Israel’s continued disregard of relevant Security Council decisions.||2/17/1989||Vetoed 14-1 (US)|
|Occupied territories: Condemned Israeli policies and practices in the occupied territories.||6/9/1989||Vetoed 14-1 (US)|
|Occupied territories: Deplored Israel’s policies and practices in the occupied territories.||11/7/1989||Vetoed 14-1 (US)|
|Occupied territories: NAM draft resolution to create a commission and send three security council members to Rishon Lezion, where an Israeli gunmen shot down seven Palestinian workers.||5/31/1990||Vetoed 14-1 (US)|
|Middle East: Confirms that the expropriation of land by Israel in East Jerusalem is invalid and in violation of relevant Security Council resolutions and provisions of the Fourth Geneva convention; expresses support of peace process, including the Declaration of Principles of 9/13/1993||5/17/1995||Vetoed 14-1 (US)|
|Middle East: Calls upon Israeli authorities to refrain from all actions or measures, including settlement activities.||3/7/1997||Vetoed 14-1 (US)|
Middle East: Demands that Israel cease construction of the settlement in east Jerusalem (called Jabal Abu Ghneim by the Palestinians and Har Homa by Israel), as well as all the other Israeli settlement activity in the occupied territories
|3/21/1997||Vetoed 13-1,1 (US)|
|Call for UN Observers Force in West Bank, Gaza||3/27/2001||Vetoed 9-1 (US),
with four abstentions
(Britain, France, Ireland and Norway)
|Condemned acts of terror, demanded an end to violence and the establishment of a monitoring mechanism to bring in observers.||12/14/2001||Vetoed 12-1 (US)
with two abstentions
(Britain and Norway)
|Demand that Israel halt threats to expel Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat||9/16/03||Vetoed 11-1 (US)
with three abstentions
(Britain, Germany and Bulgaria)
|Seeks to bar Israel from extending security fence||10/14/03||Vetoed 10-1 with four absentations (Britain, Germany, Bulgaria and Cameroon)|
|Condemns Israel for killing Ahmed Yassin||3/25/04||Vetoed 11-1 (US)
with three absentations
(Britain, Germany, Romania)
|Calls For Israel To Halt Gaza Operation||10/05/04||Vetoed 11-1 (US)
with three absentations
(Britain, Germany, Romania)
|Calls For Israel To Halt Gaza Operation||7/13/06||Vetoed 10-1 (US)
with four absentations
(Britain, Peru, Denmark and Slovakia)
|Calls For Israel To Halt Gaza Operation||11/11/06||Vetoed 10-1 (US)
with four absentations
(Britain, Denmark, Japan and Slovakia)
This list is also incomplete there are more. But you get the general idea the US lets Israel do whatever it want’s.
Washington once again used its veto powers on Sunday to block a resolution calling for an end to the massive ongoing Israeli attacks against the Gaza Strip.
The council has only been able to issue a ‘non-binding’ statement that calls on Israel to voluntarily bring all its military activities in the besieged region to an immediate end.
The statement comes as Israel has begun a fresh wave of air strikes on Gaza on Sunday, killing at least six people. At least 230 people were killed and 800 wounded in similar attacks on Saturday. The number of Palestinians deaths has so far risen to 271.
The council called on the parties to address the humanitarian crisis in the territory but has not criticized the Israeli air attacks.
Croatian UN Ambassador Neven Jurica read out the non-binding statement on behalf of the 15-member body that “called for an immediate halt to all violence” and on the parties “to stop immediately all military activities.”
“The members of the Security Council expressed serious concern at the escalation of the situation in Gaza,” he said, as the president of the council.
The council also requested the opening of border crossings into Gaza to address the serious humanitarian and economic needs in Gaza and to ensure medical treatment and a continuous supply of food and fuel.
US representative to the UNSC, Zalmay Khalilzad, defended the Israeli move, saying Tel Aviv has the right to self-defense.
“I regret the loss of any of all innocent life,” he said, adding that Hamas rockets precipitated this situation.
Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip say they fire rockets into Israel in retaliation for the daily Israeli attacks against them. Unlike the state-of-the-art Israeli weapons and ammunition, the home-made Qassam rockets rarely cause casualties.
The US, a staunch ally to Israel, has so far vetoed over 40 anti-Israeli resolutions sought by the council since 1972.
Since 2004, Washington has prevented the adoption of four other resolutions that called for Tel Aviv to halt its operations in the Gaza Strip.
IF they are so furious, why do they still give them billions in AID?