U.S. Special Envoy Schools UN Security Council on True Causes of Palestinians’ Plight

canadafreepress.com | 5/24/2019 | Joseph A. Klein, CFP United Nations Columnist
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Jason Greenblatt, President Trump’s special envoy for international negotiations, schooled the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday regarding the obvious cause of Palestinian suffering in Gaza. He said that the Security Council needs “to admit that Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad are the primary barrier to the dreams of those residents of Gaza who want to live in peace, raise their families and find meaningful work.” Mr. Greenblatt condemned both terrorist organizations for continuing “to target Israeli hospitals and schools” and using Palestinian civilians, including children, as human shields. He asked, “When will the Security Council say this out loud? When will we clearly reject this terrorism?”

The Palestinians’ friends and enablers backed the Palestinian victimhood narrative. For example, Kuwait’s representative declared, “We cannot speak of peace when the Israeli occupation spreads,” blaming Israeli settlements as the main obstacle to peace. South Africa’s representative blamed the grave situation in Gaza on what she charged was Israel’s illegal blockade.

Facts - Mr - Greenblatt - Attribution - Blame

The facts support Mr. Greenblatt’s attribution of blame squarely on the Palestinian terrorists.

In 2005, Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza and four northern West Bank settlements. Around 8,500 Jewish settlers were uprooted. Israel Defense Forces installations and troops were removed. Israel’s disengagement cost nearly $3 billion. “Some 3,000 homes were razed altogether, according to Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” Haaretz reported. Israel left behind greenhouses and infrastructure including pipes and roads. “The disengagement decision holds hope for a better future; it transfers responsibility for the Strip to the Palestinians, who will be in charge of their destiny,” then Chief of Staff Dan Halutz said at the time. “Their true test will be to prevent terror.”

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