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The Jewish holiest sites in Jerusalem are an "occupied" territory according to the UN. Photo: CIJnews

Toronto Star, Globe & Mail justify Obama’s policy on Israel

The editorials of the Toronto Star and Globe & Mail on December 30, 2016 hail the Obama Administration for facilitating the passage of the UN Security Council’s Resolution 2334. The US abstained from vetoing the anti-Israeli resolution that declared the settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem illegal and a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

The Star wrote:

For a long time Netanyahu paid lip service to a Palestinian state, but in recent years he has all but dismissed the notion. Meanwhile, he continues to aggressively move Israelis into the occupied territories, declaring his government more “committed to settlements than any in Israel’s history”…

Israel can hardly expect to flourish in the long run while acting as a permanent occupying force over millions of people denied both citizenship and hope. It certainly cannot expect to do that while remaining true to its democratic traditions and ideals.

[Secretary of State John] Kerry is right that Netanyahu’s approach to settlements undermines the possibility of a two-state solution. His is a warning very much in Israel’s interests. However difficult the path, a Palestinian state remains key to the long-term security of Israel and stability in the region.”

The Globe & Mail wrote:

But with settlements, Israel is making a declaration of permanence, in turn making a two-state peace deal, in some indefinite future, that much more unlikely, or even impossible…

What he [Obama] wants, though, is a secure and prosperous Israel to live side by side with a Palestinian state equally blessed.

That’s a long way off, given the haplessness of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas’s terrorist stronghold in the Gaza Strip.

But the failings of the Palestinians do not preclude a peaceful settlement. They only make it difficult to reach. Mr. Netanyahu seeks to make the difficult impossible with his settlement-building. If he succeeds, he will bring disaster to his country and further inflame the region.”

UN Security Council Resolution 2334

“The Security Council,

“Reaffirming its relevant resolutions, including resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 446 (1979), 452 (1979), 465 (1980), 476 (1980), 478 (1980), 1397 (2002), 1515 (2003), and 1850 (2008),

“Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and reaffirming, inter alia, the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force,

“Reaffirming the obligation of Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, and recalling the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice,

“Condemning all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, including, inter alia, the construction and expansion of settlements, transfer of Israeli settlers, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and displacement of Palestinian civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions,

“Expressing grave concern that continuing Israeli settlement activities are dangerously imperilling the viability of the two-State solution based on the 1967 lines,

“Recalling the obligation under the Quartet Roadmap, endorsed by its resolution 1515 (2003), for a freeze by Israel of all settlement activity, including “natural growth”, and the dismantlement of all settlement outposts erected since March 2001,

“Recalling also the obligation under the Quartet roadmap for the Palestinian Authority Security Forces to maintain effective operations aimed at confronting all those engaged in terror and dismantling terrorist capabilities, including the confiscation of illegal weapons,

“Condemning all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, as well as all acts of provocation, incitement and destruction,

“Reiterating its vision of a region where two democratic States, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders,

“Stressing that the status quo is not sustainable and that significant steps, consistent with the transition contemplated by prior agreements, are urgently needed in order to (i) stabilize the situation and to reverse negative trends on the ground, which are steadily eroding the two-State solution and entrenching a one-State reality, and (ii) to create the conditions for successful final status negotiations and for advancing the two-State solution through those negotiations and on the ground,

“1. Reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace;

“2. Reiterates its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and that it fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard;

“3. Underlines that it will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations;

“4. Stresses that the cessation of all Israeli settlement activities is essential for salvaging the two-State solution, and calls for affirmative steps to be taken immediately to reverse the negative trends on the ground that are imperilling the two-State solution;

“5. Calls upon all States, bearing in mind paragraph 1 of this resolution, to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967;

“6. Calls for immediate steps to prevent all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, as well as all acts of provocation and destruction, calls for accountability in this regard, and calls for compliance with obligations under international law for the strengthening of ongoing efforts to combat terrorism, including through existing security coordination, and to clearly condemn all acts of terrorism;

“7. Calls upon both parties to act on the basis of international law, including international humanitarian law, and their previous agreements and obligations, to observe calm and restraint, and to refrain from provocative actions, incitement and inflammatory rhetoric, with the aim, inter alia, of de-escalating the situation on the ground, rebuilding trust and confidence, demonstrating through policies and actions a genuine commitment to the two-State solution, and creating the conditions necessary for promoting peace;

“8. Calls upon all parties to continue, in the interest of the promotion of peace and security, to exert collective efforts to launch credible negotiations on all final status issues in the Middle East peace process and within the time frame specified by the Quartet in its statement of 21 September 2010;

“9. Urges in this regard the intensification and acceleration of international and regional diplomatic efforts and support aimed at achieving, without delay a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East on the basis of the relevant United Nations resolutions, the Madrid terms of reference, including the principle of land for peace, the Arab Peace Initiative and the Quartet Roadmap and an end to the Israeli occupation that began in 1967; and underscores in this regard the importance of the ongoing efforts to advance the Arab Peace Initiative, the initiative of France for the convening of an international peace conference, the recent efforts of the Quartet, as well as the efforts of Egypt and the Russian Federation;

“10. Confirms its determination to support the parties throughout the negotiations and in the implementation of an agreement;

“11. Reaffirms its determination to examine practical ways and means to secure the full implementation of its relevant resolutions;

“12. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Council every three months on the implementation of the provisions of the present resolution;

“13. Decides to remain seized of the matter.”

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18 comments

  1. The mainstream media was instrumental in the first place in bringing Trudeau to power and with Trudeau, an Islamic network and alliance that has always aligned itself with the globalist stance of Obama. Canada, is currently going in the wrong direction while America is turning around. The next three weeks will be critical.

  2. About eight months ago the Globe and Mail, the so called “Canada’s National Newspaper”, published an op-ed piece by its midleast bureau chief (Patrick Martin), endorsing the anti-Israel BDS movement. This is how anti-Semitic the Globe has become.

  3. So very, very sad and evil. A Palestinian rocket hit an Israeli power plant that actually powered Palestine several years ago, I recall. Without Israel, Palestine wouldn’t exist.

  4. The Red Star and the Grope & Flail are only good for lining bird cages and puppy training.

  5. Well gave up buy them years ago. Everyone should.

  6. Are these papers Isis leaning? They should ba ashamed of themselves for approving what a selfish Muslim leaning being did. Karma will reach out for you all.

  7. both are Wynne’s newspapers….

  8. Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail belong in the trash….

  9. Hamas charter… “There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad.” (Article 13)

  10. Hamas charter…Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it” (article6)

  11. I read the Globe & Mail early this morning – I couldn’t believe the comments people left. the Lash out against Israel was numbing, I guess it’s time to get out of Trudeau’s Canadastan and let them kill themselves in the invasion.

    • The Globe has a fairly hard core, anti-Semitic group of readers who comment, against Israel, when the paper publishes any article about Israel. So the left-wing paper plays to this anti-Jewish group as part of its editorial bias. The Globe has become so over-the-top, the paper has become unintended self-parody.

  12. Remember that time a Palestinian rocket hit an Israeli power plant that actually powered Palestine? Without Israel, Palestine wouldn’t exist.

  13. Did you expect something else from two of Ontario leftist media rags

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