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July 20, 2004
UN Admonishes Israel Defence While Ignoring Palestinian Terror

Proving once again its uselessness as a partner against terrorism, the United Nations voted overwhelmingly to push Israel into dismantling its defensive perimeter wall, the one non-lethal tactic against Palestinian terrorists that has actually worked to reduce civilian casualties:

Israel must obey a World Court ruling and tear down its West Bank barrier, the U.N. General Assembly demanded in a resolution adopted by an overwhelming vote on Tuesday.

The vote in the 191-nation assembly was 150-6, with 10 abstentions, to adopt the measure aimed at dismantling the 370-mile barrier that Israel says is needed to keep out suicide bombers but Palestinians see as a land-grab aimed at dashing their hopes for eventual statehood.

Demonstrating their usefulness against terrorists, the EU voted as a block for the demand that Israel strip its defense against Palestinian terrorism, all without a word of any resolution telling the Palestinians to stop bombing civilian targets within Israel. As my friend and colleague at Power Line, John "Rocket Man" Hinderaker puts it:

Does anyone seriously doubt that most of the 150 countries who voted in favor of Israel's extinction would likewise condemn any vigorous action the United States may take to combat terrorism? There are those in this country who would rely on the U.N. to play a major role in our own security, and who would defer, in foreign relations, to the judgment of the very nations who hammered out the condemnation of Israel's effort to provide for its own security with the Arab aggressors. May those misguided politicians never come to power here.

Here's a list of the six countries that voted No against the tidal wave of Munich spirit at Turtle Bay:

United States
Marshall Islands

The vote will force the issue in the Security Council, where the US will undoubtedly veto any proposal to enforce the ICJ's ruling. I'd like to think that our British allies would join us in that, but since they also saw fit to support the General Assembly vote, I think that we'll be on our own at the UNSC.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 20, 2004 8:04 PM

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