September 17, 2003

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US vetoes UN resolution on Arafat (Mark Turner and Roula Khalaf, September 17 2003, Financial Times)

The US on Tuesday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution which would have told Israel not to threaten or harm the Palestinian Authority president Yassir Arafat, drawing criticism from the Palestinians and eliciting several expressions of regret from other Security Council members.

Nasser al-Kidwa, the Palestinian envoy to the Security Council, said the US position cast a "long dark shadow on the entire process, that does not enable the United States to play an honest role as a mediator in the Arab-Israeli conflict". [...]

John Negroponte, US ambassador to the UN, said he voted against the resolution because it did not sufficiently address the need to end terrorism. Specifically, he said the text did not explicitly condemn Hamas, Palestinian Jihad and Al-Ansa Martyrs Brigades, and did not call for the dismantling of the infrastructure which supported them.

The US move will nonetheless undermine efforts to improve its image in the Middle East, where it has long been seen as one-sided, and will also frustrate Arab allies whose help Washington is now seeking to try and revive the collapsed Palestinian-Israeli road map.


Ever since Israel's horribly botched announcement that they were going to exile Arafat, at some future date, the Israeli press has been whining about George Bush's double standard: "How come he gets to hunt doen Osama and Sadam, but we can't even exile Arafat?"

This is a healthy reminder that not only is the U.S. the only friend Israel has, but that, at least under George Bush (would Dr. Dean have vetoed the resolution?), we're even willing to harm our own national interests and endanger national security, in order to cover for Israel's mistakes.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 17, 2003 8:00 AM
Comments

I just want to note again how astonishingly stupid Israel's announcement was. Expelling Arafat would be a mistake. Announcing it ahead of time, with no time table in place, was just nuts.

I just hope there is something else going on here.

Posted by: David Cohen at September 17, 2003 10:16 AM

After 3 years of being on edge, the announcement could be a symptom of a society that's just losing it. I saw another instance of settlers being arrested on plans to carry out terrorist attacks against Arabs in the West Bank. They aren't very frequent, but they seem to be getting more so. Is it possible that Israeli leaders are getting desperate to restrain their own people who want to exact revenge on the Palestinians the way they deserve it?

Posted by: Matt C at September 17, 2003 2:34 PM

How is it against Israel's interests to expel Arafat if working with him (or trying to, anyway) has not served to advance their interests? This is an honest question--I really would like to know. It just doesn't seem to me that accomodating the PLO has been particularly productive--at least not since Oslo.

Posted by: Southerner at September 17, 2003 2:44 PM

Southerner:

It's like sending the Ayatollah to France.

Posted by: OJ at September 17, 2003 3:15 PM

Southerner:

I'm not arguing for accomodation. I'm arguing for one well placed bullet.

Posted by: David Cohen at September 17, 2003 6:00 PM

Southerner;

And the rest of us are arguing that whatever Israel does, it's stupid to announce it ahead of time.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at September 17, 2003 6:22 PM

Thanks to AOG, I can actually search our archives, and here's what we said about dealing with Arafat in March 2002:

http://www.brothersjudd.com/blog/archives/000205.html

Posted by: OJ at September 17, 2003 6:33 PM

Hey guys--

Thanks for your responses. I'm glad to see we are actually all on the same page here, for the most part. I admit the comparison of Arafat being exiled to Khomeini's sojourn in France had not occurred to me; I'm trying to figure out whether Arafat being exiled would amount to him being de facto deposed as "head of state". That might make his situation different from Khomeini's. But I would agree that Arafat, like Khomeini, would still be working to overthrow a government (in this case Israel's)--so perhaps the comparison still holds.

But indeed, the Israelis probably should have not given advance notice that they were thinking about doing ANYTHING.

--Southerner (who thinks Alabama politics can be Byzantine enough)

Posted by: Southerner at September 18, 2003 12:28 AM

Actually, the PA has been extremely productive.

It just depends on the criteria.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at September 18, 2003 5:13 AM

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1. December 6th
Von Dutch Party to Celebrate the Holiday Season! Hosted by Angel (see store locator- Nevada). The event will take place at "Trana" in the Alladin Hotel. Party starts at 10:30PM.

2. December 8th
Nordstrom hosts Von Dutch designer, Christian Audigier in Atlanta from 1-3PM for a signing event.

3. December (Date TBD)
Bloomingdale’s celebrates the grand opening of the new SoHo store and the Von Dutch in-store shop.

4. January 26th – 28th
Von Dutch goes to PROJECT tradeshow in NYC. Stay posted for party information.

5. February 23rd - 26th
Von Dutch goes to MAGIC tradeshow in Las Vegas. Stay posted for party information.

Posted by: von dutch at December 11, 2003 5:28 AM

1. December 6th
Von Dutch Party to Celebrate the Holiday Season! Hosted by Angel (see store locator- Nevada). The event will take place at "Trana" in the Alladin Hotel. Party starts at 10:30PM.

2. December 8th
Nordstrom hosts Von Dutch designer, Christian Audigier in Atlanta from 1-3PM for a signing event.

3. December (Date TBD)
Bloomingdale’s celebrates the grand opening of the new SoHo store and the Von Dutch in-store shop.

4. January 26th – 28th
Von Dutch goes to PROJECT tradeshow in NYC. Stay posted for party information.

5. February 23rd - 26th
Von Dutch goes to MAGIC tradeshow in Las Vegas. Stay posted for party information.

Posted by: von dutch at December 11, 2003 5:28 AM
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