The United States’ Shame at the United Nations
On Friday, December 23, the United Nations (UN) Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2334 declaring the Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria, designated as the West Bank, to be illegal. According to the resolution, these communities have “no legal validity.” This means that all of eastern Jerusalem, including everything within the Jewish quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem, is considered Palestinian territory.
A brief review of history shows how unjust and outrageous this resolution is. In 1948, when Jordan seized the West Bank during the Israeli War of Independence, it practiced ethnic cleansing, forcing all Jewish families who had lived there for centuries to flee for their lives. When Israel gained control of the area during the 1967 Six-Day War, the cease-fire negotiated by the UN recognized Israel’s right to control the West Bank and hold it until a peace accord was negotiated to settle the West Bank’s permanent status.
Israel gained control in a defensive war. Arab armies came against Israel intending to wipe it off the map. Not only did Israel defend itself from the Egyptian, Syrian, and Jordanian armies, but it also gained control of the Sinai desert, Golan Heights, and West Bank—which included eastern Jerusalem. For the first time since they were forced to flee in 1948, Jewish families returned to the Jewish quarter of the Old City. Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish people, was finally back in Jewish hands for the first time in more than two thousand years. Since 1967, Israel has permitted homes and communities to be built on Israeli-owned land in biblical Judea and Samaria.
The Arab and Western worlds have refused to accept these Jewish villages and have labeled them “settlements.” UN Resolution 2334 now makes them illegitimate and, consequently, the Jewish people living in them international outlaws. It also means all of the holy sites in Jerusalem are Palestinian, which is an attack not only on Judaism but also on Christianity. The UN has now declared the Western Wall of the Temple Mount belongs to the Palestinians.
The land of Israel is the historic, God-given homeland of the Jewish people; and Jerusalem is its capital. The Jewish people’s historic connection to the land is undeniable. Yet 14 nations now have declared that Israel has no historic or biblical connection to the Temple area or biblical Judea and Samaria.
The United States could have vetoed the resolution, as it has done many times in the past. It has been America’s long-standing policy that a final solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict must take place through a negotiated settlement and not be imposed by others. But this time the Obama administration abstained, thereby permitting the other 14 nations on the UN Security Council to pass the resolution unanimously. Reports that the Obama administration actually took an active role in crafting the resolution and bringing it to the Security Council for a vote are all the more troubling.
The administration claims it allowed the resolution to pass to bring about peace in the Holy Land. What it actually has done is destroy the peace process. This resolution empowers the Palestinians to take Israel to the UN’s International Court in The Hague. The Arabs want to use the Court to gain control of land in Israel and establish a Palestinian state, rather than doing so through a negotiated peace.
It’s important to note that the obstacle to peace between Israel and the Arabs is not Jewish communities in the West Bank but the Palestinians' refusal to recognize any land for Israel.
The Obama administration’s action is reckless and seems intended to punish Israel. And it has sparked a tremendous outcry from both the Democratic and Republican leaders. It is a major foreign policy blunder made by the U.S. president on the eve of his departure from office and is intended to tie the hands of the next administration.
While the new Trump administration may reestablish good relations with Israel, it cannot undo the damage. Nothing short of a vote in the UN to rescind Resolution 2334 can repair the wrong. And that is extremely unlikely.
What should be concerning to Americans in the days to come is the price the United States will pay for this attack on Israel. In Genesis 12:3, God told Abram that He would bless those who bless Israel and curse him who curses Israel. America’s abstention on December 23 amounts to an act of cursing Israel. We should not be surprised if God judges all 15 nations of the UN Security Council for this shameful attack on the Jewish state.
The more we see how this world treats Israel, the more we understand why the Bible teaches true and lasting peace will not come until the Messiah, the Prince of Peace, comes. Our hope for peace is in the One who has promised to restore His Kingdom and place His King of kings upon the throne.
In the meantime, we are called to stand with Israel and bless God’s chosen ones. UN Resolution 2334 is the latest action in a growing anti-Zionist movement. The upsurge in anti-Semitism today is alarming. As they emerged from World War II, the Jewish people believed that to prevent another Holocaust, they needed a homeland where they could defend themselves from evil. Now we see the UN threatening the legality and existence of the Jewish state through the passage of a resolution.
What can you do in response to this cowardly act against the house of Israel? First, I would encourage you to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Ps. 122:6). God hears our prayers and sometimes will move mountains in response. Second, pray for us as we stand against anti-Semitism in all of its forms. As long as God gives us breath, we will continue our support for Israel.
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Jim Showers, D.Min.