American comedian Roseanne Barr went on the attach yesterday as she called out Barack Obama on Twitter, over abstaining from a UN Security Council vote.
The vote at the UN put a on hold Israeli construction in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem and named these countries as “Palestinian territories.”
Barr said that Obama is nothing less than a “Nazi” who “enacted anti-Jewish laws on the eve of Jewish holidays-exactly as @POTUS has done on eve of Hanukkah.”
Barr was in Jerusalem back in March where she attended a conference that revealed the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
In the text, the West Bank is falsely mentioned in context to Jerusalem as “Palestinian territory occupied since 1967.”
Jerusalem holds both The Western Wall and Temple Mount plaza. Truth of the matter is, the Palestinians did not have a state in either the West Bank or eastern Jerusalem, as they are not validly recognized as a proper authority in those areas.
Since 1948, Jordan occupied and annexed the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. Then, Israel overtook the areas and declared a war in 1967. After this, the Arab countries played these areas as a field to attack Jerusalem. In 1988 Jordan publicly renounced its claims to the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem.
The content of the state’s resolution reads that Israel 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.”
Also, Israel is called on to “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.”
Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Conventions, which is relied upon by those who claim the settlements are illegal, does not apply in the case of the West Bank. This is because the West Bank was never under self-rule by a nation that was a party to the Convention, and therefore there is no “partial or total occupation of the territory of a High Contracting Party,” as Article 2 of the Convention specifies.
This regards forcible transfers and not to voluntary movement. Having this in mind, it can’t prohibit Jews from settling in areas that have historical or religious value.
This immediately goes against a Bush administration commitment to enable certain Jewish settlements to still exist under a future Israeli-Palestinian deal.
However, this resolution was violated multiple times by the Obama administration and became essential piece in Israel’s decision to evacuate the Gaza Strip in 2005.
The UN draft resolution text states that “cessation of all Israeli settlement activities is essential for salvaging the two-State solution,” and it “calls for affirmative steps to be taken immediately to reverse the negative trends on the ground that are imperiling the two-State solution.”
Before the Gaza evacuation in 2004, President Bush released a declarative letter in which he stated that we are illogical to assume that Israel will not occupy certain Jewish settlements in a final-status deal with the Palestinians.
The letter stated:
In light of new realities on the ground, including already existing major Israeli populations centers, it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949, and all previous efforts to negotiate a two-state solution have reached the same conclusion. It is realistic to expect that any final status agreement will only be achieved on the basis of mutually agreed changes that reflect these realities.
Elliott Abrams, the Deputy National Security Adviser for Global Democracy Strategy during Bush’s second term, was instrumental in brokering understandings between the U.S. and Israel on settlements. In a June 2009 piece published by the Wall Street Journal, Abrams accused the Obama administration of “abandoning” those U.S.-Israel understandings by taking positions critical of all settlement activity.
There were indeed agreements between Israel and the United States regarding the growth of Israeli settlements on the West Bank … principles that would permit some continuing growth. … They emerged from discussions with American officials and were discussed by Messrs. Sharon and Bush at their Aqaba meeting in June 2003. … The prime minister of Israel relied on them in undertaking a wrenching political reorientation – the dissolution of his government, the removal of every single Israeli citizen, settlement and military position in Gaza, and the removal of four small settlements in the West Bank. … For reasons that remain unclear, the Obama administration has decided to abandon the understandings about settlements reached by the previous administration with the Israeli government. We may be abandoning the deal now, but we cannot rewrite history and make believe it did not exist.
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