The new United Nations Middle East envoy has swung into action like a robotic parrot by demanding that Israel freeze all building in “settlements” which by U.N. definition includes parts of Jerusalem where approximately one-third of its residents live.
Nikolay Mladenov, in his first briefing to the U.N. Security Council, also said he is working with U.N. Secretary General Ban-Ki moon to come up with a “realistic options “to resume the peace process” that is buried so deep in the ground that no one can even find its ashes anymore.
And how does Mladenov, who presumably is pumping new blood into the over-aged and crippled international organization, plan to reach his goals?
Freezing settlement building is only the first step. He always wants a “reasonable timetable” for Israel
He also turned on the tape recorder and said:
The coming period will be critical to the future of the peace process.
If that statement rings a bell, try going back around 20 years. No senior official in the American government, the European Union and the United Nations has let a month go by without parroting the same words.
Mladenov also has some other brilliant ideas, such as rehabilitating Gaza.
First of all, he described the situation there.
Gaza Arabs are angry at Israel for the “continuing blockade” that hardly exists, but it makes the Arabs feel good to say that it does.
He admitted “some progress” has been made in allowing more material and goods into Gaza, but it is not enough, and never mind that Hamas still uses construction materials to build homes for missiles and tunnels for terrorists instead of people.
Mladenov said Gaza Arabs not only are angry at Israel.
They are angry at Egypt for the closure of the Rafah crossing.
They also are angry at the whole world for not living up ties commitments to donate $3.5 billion to rehabilitate Gaza, i.e. Hamas.
During his briefing, he said that no one in Israel should have “illusions towards the significance of unilateral actions” such as building homes for Jews in Ramot, French Hill, Talpiot, Gilo and other areas in Jerusalem as well as new homes for Jews in Judea and Samaria.
When Arabs build homes they are not “unilateral actions” because, according to the U.N.-EU-Obama agenda, a “unilateral action” is one that helps Israel.
Because the United Nations, agenda, which President Barack Obama has adopted, states that “negotiations” with the Palestinian Authority mean discussing what color ink to use to sign on the dotted line. Invisible ink is not allowed unless it is in Mahmoud Abbas’ poison pen, the one the pope gave to him two years ago.
Speaking of illusions, Mladenov’s appeal to pour money into Gaza has a nasty smell and a hollow ring.
He said only 27 percent of the money pledged at a “donors’ conference” in Cairo last year has been forked over to Hamas. The United States did its bit to the tune of $212 million, as announced by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who said at the time:
Out of this conference must come not just money but a renewed commitment from everybody to work for peace that meets the aspirations of all, for Israelis, for Palestinians for all people of this region.
Freezing settlement construction and setting timetables have failed for two decades to produce anything but terror and the Palestinian Authority’s emasculation of the Oslo Accords.
If Mladenov wants to go hunting for old solutions, he can take look at the only one that has helped Arabs in Gaza enjoy a decent economy, social life and self-government of local affairs.