In his final speech before the General Assembly in New York, Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor had some strong words for the United Nations as he left for Israel after serving a term of 4 years.
“The real question we face is not whether the Palestinians will raise a flag, but whether the United Nations will raise a white flag – and surrender the principles of this institution itself.” Ron Prosor
The UN gave its approval to fly the Palestinian flag as one of the UN “non-member observer states.” Though the Palestinians claimed that the Vatican- also a nonmember observer state- had also sponsored the resolution, the Vatican was quick to say that was not the case, and demanded their name be removed.
Read the full text of Prosor’s speech here.
The lies and hypocrisy
In my four years, I have seen hypocrisy, I have seen duplicity, and I have seen a triple standard: One for democracies, one for dictatorships, and a special standard designed only for Israel. I thought I had seen everything. But I have to admit, this time, the Palestinians managed to take cynicism to a whole new level.
Make no mistake; the goal of this resolution is a photo op. The Palestinians want to bring together world dignitaries and the media to gather around and watch as Mahmoud Abbas raises a flag. They plan to use the prestige of the UN as a backdrop for this charade.
Surprise, surprise, they did all this in contravention of all the established rules and procedures of the United Nations.
UN would believe anything
In his 10 minute speech, Ambassador Prosor blasted the EU and the UN, telling them,
This Assembly would vote to declare that the earth is flat if the Palestinians proposed it. By the way, the EU would probably try to reach a consensus to abstain on the vote, but some EU countries would consider it a matter of principle to declare that the world is, indeed, flat – if it now is how the Palestinians see it…
…no vote can turn an empty symbolic gesture into a state. The international community must make it clear to the Palestinians that the only way to achieve statehood is through direct negotiations. As long as the Palestinians believe that they can achieve their political goals without making concessions, they will continue to avoid taking the difficult decisions needed for peace.
Maybe the international community should recommend that the Palestinians download the Waze GPS app so they can find their way to the negotiating table. Then, they will be able to discover that the distance from Ramallah to Jerusalem is less than ten miles. There is no need to fly halfway around the world to New York in order to make peace.
Unfortunately, instead of trying to guide the Palestinians down the path to peace, the international community is helping them to ride off the tracks.
What kind of flag IS the Palestinian one?
The Palestinian/Israel conflict has been a sore spot for decades. Israel surrounded by enemies, the Palestinians using subterfuge and lies to gain their own way. The world may demand a two state solution, but that would not solve the issues that the Palestinians have created all by themselves.
This whole situation would be different if the flag they want to raise represented democratic values, which are all too rare in the region. Those who support raising this flag, ask yourself:
Is it a flag of good governance?
Is this a flag of gender equality?
Is it a flag of free elections, so desperately needed in a place where President Abbas is in his eleventh year of a five year term?
If the international community does not demand that the Palestinians enact these basic rights and freedoms, the flag they raise will be a flag of disappointment rather than hope, and of failure rather than progress…
I look forward to seeing the image of an Israeli Prime Minster and a Palestinian leader standing side by side, raising the flags of our two peoples, living together in peace. That will be a photo truly worth taking.
Indeed, Ambassador Prosor, that would be a photo worth taking.