Saturday, February 19, 2011
6:13 am | link
I have presented below the remarks made by Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the UN, Friday, February
18, 2011, which explains the US position on the resolution submitted by the Palestinians. The US did veto the measure, but
this should not, and in my opinion, cannot be viewed as the US standing firmly beside Israel. I present the following without
further commentary for the time being.
us continue to seek the face of our FATHER in heaven as HIS plan continues to unfold before our eyes.
God Bless, daniel
Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent
Representative to the United Nations, on the Resolution on the Situation in the Middle East, including the question of Palestine,
in the Security Council Chamber
U.S. Permanent Representative
to the United Nations
Mission to the United Nations
February 18, 2011
Thank you, Madame President.
The United States has been deeply committed to pursuing a comprehensive and lasting peace between
Israel and the Palestinians. In that context, we have been focused on taking steps that advance the goal of two states living
side by side in peace and security, rather than complicating it. That includes a commitment to work in good faith with all
parties to underscore our opposition to continued settlements.
Our opposition to the resolution before this Council today should therefore not be misunderstood
to mean we support settlement activity. On the contrary, we reject in the strongest terms the legitimacy of continued Israeli
settlement activity. For more than four decades, Israeli settlement activity in territories occupied in 1967 has undermined
Israel's security and corroded hopes for peace and stability in the region. Continued settlement activity violates Israel's
international commitments, devastates trust between the parties, and threatens the prospects for peace.
The United States and our fellow Council members are also in full
agreement about the urgent need to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, based on the two-state solution
and an agreement that establishes a viable, independent, and contiguous state of Palestine, once and for all. We have invested
a tremendous amount of effort and resources in pursuit of this shared goal, and we will continue to do so.
But the only way to reach that common goal is through direct negotiations
between the parties, with the active and sustained support of the United States and the international community.
It is the Israelis' and Palestinians' conflict, and even the best-intentioned
outsiders cannot resolve it for them. Therefore every potential action must be measured against one overriding standard: will
it move the parties closer to negotiations and an agreement? Unfortunately, this draft resolution risks hardening the positions
of both sides. It could encourage the parties to stay out of negotiations and, if and when they did resume, to return to the
Security Council whenever they reach an impasse.
President, in recent years, no outside country has invested more than the United States of America in the effort to achieve
In recent days,
we offered a constructive alternative course forward that we believe would have allowed the Council to act unanimously to
support the pursuit of peace. We regret that this effort was not successful and thus is no longer viable.
The great impetus
for democracy and reform in the region makes it even more urgent to settle this bitter and tragic conflict in the context
of a region moving towards greater peace and respect for human rights. But there simply are no shortcuts.
We hope that those who share our hopes for peace between
a secure and sovereign Israel and Palestine will join us in redoubling our common efforts to encourage and support the resumption
of direct negotiations.
agree with our fellow Council members-and indeed, with the wider world-about the folly and illegitimacy of continued Israeli
settlement activity, we think it unwise for this Council to attempt to resolve the core issues that divide Israelis and Palestinians.
We therefore regrettably have opposed this draft resolution.
Thank you, Madame President.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
8:37 pm | link
In sharp reversal,
U.S. agrees to rebuke Israel in Security Council
I felt led to post Lebanon Has Fallen : A Warning to the Nations? on Sunday, January 23, 2011. It was in this post that I explained what I felt led of the Holy Spirit
to address, regarding the grave consequences which will surely follow the failure of the current US administration,
led by President Barrack H. Obama, to veto the UN resolution condemning the Israeli settlements in the "disputed territories."
Here is an excerpt that I feel expresses the seriousness of the currently unfolding situation.
I believe it would be a grave error to ignore the shifting
winds of change that have blown into Washington, D.C., as this current administration curses the Covenant that JEHOVAH made
with Israel, a Covenant that will be fulfilled by the rule and reign of JESUS CHRIST.
In closing I would like to reiterate the following: Washington, D.C., may believe that such a
policy shift is merely a conflict with Israel, but in reality, it is a battle she will not win against the ALMIGHTY GOD. If
the collapse of Lebanon's government, a long time enemy of Israel, was the result of pushing a UN resolution forward that
condemns Israel, then what could happen to the governments of those nations that are co-signing with Lebanon, or worse to
the United States of America, the long time ally of Israel, if she abstains from vetoing it?
Could these nations also see some form of destabilization, or even collapse, within their particular
And I say again,
what of the US?
The Obama administration
holds one of the 5 veto power positions on the UN Security Council. If President Obama so chooses, he could instruct the US
to stand firm against the onslaught of condemnation towards Israel. But if Obama so chooses not to veto this resolution and
allows this resolution to go forward, that act alone would be historic. It has never been done before -- an anti-Israeli resolution
NOT vetoed by the US.
If Obama chooses
such a course for the US, what may follow for the US government could also be historic. If the collapse and destruction of
Lebanon's government is, indeed, a warning, then the Obama administration should take heed. For let us not forget, that it
was at the VERY TIME that Lebanon's PM Hariri was sitting FACE TO FACE with President Obama that his Lebanese government collapsed.
I can't say for sure that Hariri discussed in private with Obama the very resolution his nation had put forth at the UN (though
I would assume such a move would be discussed with Israel's "greatest ally") and I can't personally say he appealed
for Obama to support not only his position but that of the 122 other nations who have co-signed the resolution, I feel that
the answers to these questions are not necessary. I need only to reflect back upon Obama's actions through his first two years
towards Israel and specifically towards Prime Minister Netanyahu to believe that he is open to abstaining from a veto without
the appeal of others to support such a position.
If Obama were to veto the resolution, the hand of Divine justice may be stayed a little longer, but to not veto the
resolution and ignore the warning of what has happened to Lebanon, could mean the same for Washington, D.C., -- destroyed,
cut through, as in divinely lacerated by the Sword of David.
pray that the will of the FATHER in Heaven would be done on earth as it is in Heaven. He has not forgotten Israel, nor has
HE forgotten HIS plan for Israel.
He is the LORD our God: his judgments are in all the earth. He hath remembered his covenant for
ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations. Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac;
And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant: Saying, Unto thee will I give the
land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance: Psalms 105:7-11
Come LORD JESUS, COME.
us pray that the LORD's will would be done. The tension in the Middle East continues to build with each passing day. Soon
we will see the choice this current adminstration will make.
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