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Reading the paper in the Dead Sea.

Only four United Nations members, besides Israel, voted against a U.N. anti-Israel resolution Tuesday that demand Palestinian Authority sovereignty over Israel’s natural resources in Judea and Samaria, including the Jordan Valley.

Areas or Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinian Authority also were included in the non-binding resolution.


The vote was 164-5, with 10 abstentions.

Canada, the United States, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia voted with Israel.

The draft resolution carried the wordy title ” Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources.”

The measure demands that Israel cease alleged “exploitation, damage, cause of loss or depletion and endangerment” of the natural resources in the “occupied” territories.

Supposed destruction includes what the Palestinian Authority calls “diplomatic terrorism,” meaning the alleged “extensive destruction” of Arab land utility infrastructure, especially during the war against Hamas missile attacks on half of Israel in the summer  of 2014.

Israel has tried to work with the Palestinian Authority on several sewerage system projects but has been turned down.




  1. This is just so bizarre. Where is Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia…? The solution may be to formally annex a reasonable portion of Judea and Samaria, and tell the Palestinians where their "country" is. And Jerusalem, especially. Let Gaza choke by itself. The PA won't like it, but they won't like anything other than total control. They haven't the brains or the capability to run a state by themselves. They cannot grow their economy, because there isn't one without Israel. Let them manage themselves. Hey, shut the borders. Offer to allow those already working in Israel to immigrate. And PLEASE, do NOT offer to do water treatment and sewage projects or other infrastructure projects with the PA–they already said that they don't want our help. Let them figure it out themselves. And get them to pay their electric bills. I think that if there are legitimate concerns about sharing water rights, which is hugely important, that should be addressed.

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