By DORE GOLD
A response to former prime minister Ehud Olmert from a former Israeli ambassador to the UN. Today, he says,
must reestablish that red line. Israel
Right after the War of Independence, prime minister David Ben-Gurion faced inexorably difficult pressures over the future of
The UN planned to press its case for internationalization. Its grounds were General Assembly Resolution 181, adopted in 1947 and known as the partition plan, which not only advocated the establishment of Jewish and Arab states in former British Mandatory Palestine, but also recommended putting
True, the resolution was not legally binding; it had been forcibly rejected by the Arab states. Moreover, the UN never established the special regime for
Ben-Gurion stood in the Knesset on December 5, 1949 and, in no uncertain terms, rejected the demand for internationalization. He looked back at what had happened during the War of Independence, explaining that the UN “did not lift a finger” when invading Arab armies tried to destroy the holy city. It was only because of the efforts of the newly created IDF that the siege of
Four days later the General Assembly responded, again insisting that
Ben-Gurion nonetheless stood his ground and declared on December 13, 1949 that the Knesset and the rest of the government would be transferred from Tel Aviv to
LOOKING BACK 60 years, internationalization was a complete failure. And yet it now appears it is coming back.
Former prime minister Ehud Olmert has put forward a proposal in this paper (“The terms for an accord,” September 24) for the Old City of Jerusalem, including the
How is it that an idea which spelled disaster to the country’s founders can suddenly be put back on the political agenda? What happened? Does this readiness come from a sense that with the reunification of
The Jewish people had restored their majority in the
Moreover, by its actions since 1967,
Perhaps some of its political elites have forgotten what was axiomatic for Abba Eban and Chaim Herzog, but that does not diminish its historical rights.
It could be that today there is a naive belief that internationalization might work, since the UN in 2010 will be better than the UN in 1948. But there is no basis for such a conclusion. In the past 20 years, international oversight of areas of conflict has ended with one disaster after another. In 1994, a UN force in
A year later, UN peacekeepers in
Since 2003, the UN has been unable to take decisive action and put an end to the genocide in
In short, there is no recent international development that might lead one to believe that “an international trust,” rather than
How is it possible to explain the difference between Ben-Gurion and the leaders who put forward from time to time the idea of internationalization?
Those putting forward the idea of internationalization are completely divorced from the sentiments of the people. Poll after poll in the past decade indicate that Israelis are not prepared to concede
The problem is that when one of
The writer served as ambassador to the United Nations between 1997 and 1999 and as foreign polcicy advisor to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during his first term. He is the author of The Fight for