Opinion: The Conflict Over Jerusalem Is ALL Obama's Fault

Posted by RichAndPretty , Sun, Dec 24, 2017, 12:17:48 Post Reply Reviews by RichAndPrettyFirst Amendment Message BoardMain BigDoggie.net site

The entire brouhaha about Jerusalem is entirely the fault of a single vengeful individual who put personal pique over US policy: Barack Obama.

By: Alan Dershowitz

First, it is beyond the jurisdiction of the United Nations to tell a sovereign nation what it can and cannot recognize. If Turkey, for example, were to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of "Palestine," there is nothing the UN could or would do. (Of course, most UN members would applaud such a move.)

Second, the resolution fails to recognize that it was the December 2016 Security Council resolution - the one engineered by lame duck President Barack Obama - that changed the status of Jerusalem and complicated the efforts to achieve a compromise peace. Before that benighted resolution, Jerusalem's Western Wall, the Jewish Quarter and the access roads to Hebrew University and Hadassah Hospital were widely recognized as part of Israel - or at worst, as disputed territory.

Everyone knew that any peace agreement would inevitably recognize that these historically Jewish areas were an indigenous part of Israel. They were certainly not illegally occupied by Israel, any more than Bethlehem was illegally occupied by the Palestinian Authority (PA). Both Jerusalem and Bethlehem had originally been deemed part of an international zone by the United Nations when it divided the British mandate into two states for two people - a decision accepted by Israel and rejected by all the Arab nations and the Palestinian Arabs in the area. Jordan then attacked Israel and illegally occupied the Western Wall and Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem, prohibiting any Jewish access to these holy areas, as well as to the University and hospital. Jordan also illegally occupied Bethlehem.

That has been the status quo for the last half century, until Obama engineered the notorious December 2016 Security Council resolution that declared the Western Wall, the Jewish Quarter and the access roads to be illegally occupied by Israel, thus changing the status quo.



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