America and Israel are birds of a feather. Two young nations engaged in carnage, neither one willing to stop their mad pursuit of vested interests. UN resolutions are really not doing enough to put an end to this insanity.
The International Court of Justice must be given a stronger mandate to enforce the law, with the United Nations overseeing that justice be done. Scolding resolutions do not seem to get the UN anywhere, and the rhetorical whip might do a better job. It is the only language unreasonable children understand.
On Friday, the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that the West Bank wall is illegal by standards of international law, and recommended its demolition. The court also said the route of the barrier is not vital to the state’s security, and that compensation must be paid to those Palestinians whose property has been confiscated as a result of the construction.
Israel Brushes Aside World Court
But Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom told the state-run radio on Saturday that the Bush administration had already assured Israel that the US would veto any “anti-Israeli resolution” at the Security Council, and would also resist Arab efforts to mobilise the General Assembly to implement the World Court’s recommendation.
The UN General Assembly is likely to meet next week to debate the world court’s ruling that the barrier is illegal and should be dismantled. Israel has said it will ignore the non-binding ruling and is counting on the US to block any action by the UN.
Under UN Resolution 242, Israel is required by international law to withdraw from all the territories occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem. The United Nation’s General Assembly has repeatedly condemned Israel’s occupation of the territories as illegal (see UN resolutions 338, 1397, and 1402, among others). Israel’s continued occupation of Palestine, sanctioned and maintained by the US, is one of the most serious obstructions to a just and lasting peace in the Middle East.