Resolution Reached for Gaza Situation

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
January 9, 2009
UN Security Council Meeting on the Middle East

Yesterday, the United Nations Security Council reached a resolution calling for a cease-fire in Gaza. Secretary Rice said, "It is obviously a very serious situation in Gaza. And while our goal must be the stabilization and normalization of Gaza through the implementation of a durable and fully respected cease-fire and an end to all terrorist activities, I think that this resolution shows that the Council and the United Nations is indeed seized of the matter. This resolution is a step toward our goals. It reflects the international community’s concern about the circumstances in Gaza and its desire for a sustainable peace in Gaza."

You may read the Secretary's full statement here.

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Leila
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Israel
January 9, 2009

Leila in Israel writes:

The genocide being perpetrated by Israel against the Palestinian people in Gaza, with the tacit support of the United States, will be recalled in the future as one of the most shameful episodes in human history. It also marks the end of U.S. dominance in the region and in the world. A country unwillling to intervene to protect the lives of people who have been brutalized, occupied, and dispossesed for more than 60 years, can claim any kind of moral leadership.

The fury and deep anguish these events have provoked in the hearts of millions of people will not soon be extinguished. The American weaponry slicing innocent children to bits and pieces, and the continued political support for this slaughter are a matter of historical record. Hopefully, all complicit parties will face war crimes tribunals in the not so distant future.

Peace remains as elusive as ever and perhaps all hope for it is no gone.

mack
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Netherlands
January 9, 2009

Mack in the Netherlands writes:

When will the USA admit achieving peace is the only way that Israel will achieve is desire security. What does Israel realy wants? It uses every chance not to achieve fair peace. The USA ae not helping. The USA is supporting Israel although it knows that Israel is at the wrong path. Power was and will never be the way to pressure the palestinians to give up their minimum right. I hope that the faild policy of the USA in the last 8 years will be a clear message that you are doing more harm than good. Common sense is needed.

mack
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Netherlands
January 9, 2009

Mack in the Netherlands writes:

Israel and the support of the USA to its actions is destroing all what we have achieved regarding the war on terror. Israel and the USA just don't care. This is unacceptable. Shame on them. How will they ever dare to talk about human rights and theit way of living. If this is your way of living, your democracy, and freedom, then we are living in different worlds. My way of living prevent me from accepting killing the childeren under the war on terror. USA is no longer the leader of the free world. The USA and Israel think that they are better than the rest. The same idea Hitler put his nation above the rest.

Diane
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New York, USA
January 9, 2009

Diane in New York writes:

If Hamas recognizes the right of Israel to exist, stops using Gaza as a staging ground to lob rockets at Israeli civilians, and stops using Palestinians as human shields by hiding weapons and terrorists in residences, schools and hsopitals, a cease-fire might have a chance of working. Hamas has very sophisticated PR tactics -- and is responsible for the deaths of Palestinians of all ages. The Israeli Army tries wherever possible to warn residents that houses filled with munitions will be blown up, so they have time to evacuate, and then Hamas prevents them from doing so.

joe
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Tennessee, USA
January 9, 2009

Joe in Tennessee writes:

What difference does it make in a family if someone from the outside who has no direct involvement or suffering from the actions of the principles, much less any authority, to come to an accord?

Israel said OK and Hamas throws a few....

This is not about just Israel by a long shot...and the US and Israel have been the leading makers of peace, along with Egypt, since President Carter in the area...

Learn first, listen to the press latter: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamas simple place to start.

Feliche
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New Jersey, USA
January 12, 2009

Feliche in New Jersey writes:

This is my outrage to the one sided news I've been watching and reading during these past days. I'm referring to the never ending Israeli Palestinian conflict. In particular I am responding to the article in this weeks Newsweek, called The Plan of Attack for Peace by Daniel Klaidman. I don't know who this man is. I'm sure he is some distinguished and accomplished and highly educated and so on. But surely his desire to be seem "progressive" and peace loving and all knowing must be preventing him from thinking straight. I mean just his audacious cover title. "Will it ever end? It could-Here's how". No one has been able to solve the problem in 50 years. But Klaidman knows. WOW. I was intrigued.

First he began by citing an anonymous source who is "intimate with Olmert's thinking". Everyone knows that that is ludicrous. No one is "intimate" with any ones thinking.

Second the started to mislead his readers on the Camp David Accord of 2000. He states that the talks failed because time had simply ran out on Clinton's term and also because politically both sides did not have political power to agree. In fact everyone knows that the Peace Accord failed because (Yessir Iamfat) at the very last moment refused to negotiate after he was offered 91% of the land. This is according to The Continuum Political Encyclopedia of the Middle East. Now I'm sure that our very accomplished Klaidman is most likely partly right in his statements. However, I believe, he purposely omits that other little fact.

Then this sentence which is now used in every liberal article. "George W. Bushes war on terror". Listen, I get it. It's hard to argue that the war in Iraq was most likely a huge mistake. Or that Bush is illiterate, and looks very dumb and all that... . But the War on Terror is not Bushes and it should not be written in quotes.

It is a real war. Many countries are involved in it and many young men and women have died fighting it. Have a little respect Klaidman.

And now we come to the most amazing sentence in his "solution" to the Middle East Conflict.

"The suspicion of many Israelis-sometimes-justified-that Palestinian leaders are interested not in peace but in Israel's destruction...."
Sometimes justified???

What is that supposed to mean? Sometimes the Palestine leaders are not interested in Israel's destruction? Oh I get it. The Israelis are sometimes not justified in believing so.

Mr. Klaidman. The Palestinian leaders are always interested in Israel's distruction. They dream of it. It's what they teach their population. It's written in their charter. And everyone knows about it.

I could not read to the end of the article. I'm sure it's full of crap. In fact I have already canceled my subscription to Newsweek a long time ago and don't know why they still send it to me.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
January 10, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

I suppose a resolution may help build consensus to a way forward, even as the obstacles to peace are buried under the rubble of their illusions of grandure...terrorists without a clue. Yet Hammas claims to have the best interests of the people at heart...I doubt the Palestinians can be fooled again by petty power plays and elect those that could give a damn whether they had a moment's peace or not..

I mean to be fair, I believe the Palestinian people capable of realizing the truth, picking themselves up, and building a nation.

Which would be a little more hopeful than this.,,dismal state of affairs.

So, there is a choice to be had I think, but Hamas isn't one of them.

If I read tea leaves with any accuracy that is...

Chickens will come home to roost in Iran.

Found Tony Blair's comments to be worthy of being classified as the Reality Check of the Day.

Or the daily "Get a Grip" if one prefers...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnight/7821479.stm

I have a resolution that's guarranteed to get results, if the powers that be are so willing. That's to be siezed with resolve and give notice to Hamas to get out of town, get busted, or get buried, in no uncertain terms.

I'm sure there will be a kindly Ayatollah to offer them safe haven.

Let the meak inherit Gaza.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
January 10, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Joe in Tennessee writes: What difference does it make in a family if someone from the outside who has no direct involvement or suffering from the actions of the principles, much less any authority, to come to an accord?

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Ask a cop Joe..

Domestic disputes are their least favorite call to get, and it's self evident why it makes a dfference if they show up or not. Lives are saved.

Mahdad
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Iran
January 10, 2009

Mahdad in Iran writes:

In response to a recent question posted on Dipnote (where should the Secretary make her final official visit?)

(I Said Palestine and Israel )due to possibilities that the previous Ceasefire would have ceased to be respected, So that the Secretary Rice's visit with both sides would extend and secure peace in the region.

Shortly after my comment posted on the Department of State official Blog the hostilities began between Hamas and Israel.

I'm so happy for what I said in that period : the Honorable Secretary Rice should make her final official Visit to the region regarding the commitment under her leadership to end the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Above all although I'm so happy that the UNSC passed the Resolution 1860 and called for Immediate Ceasefire , after I became informed of the Both sides rejection of the Resolution , I wondered as to whether the SC Resolution 1860 was acted under the Chapter VII of the UN Charter or not?

while there isn't any absolute necessity for the SC to expressly mention the Chapter VII when adopting a Ceasefire Resolution, it has been the usual practice of the SC since 1990 to expressly mention Chapter VII whenever It decided to adopt a binding Resolution.

Regarding the nature and Importance of the ceasefire and other paragraphs of the resolution it seems that the Resolution was Binding on both parties to the conflict without expressly resorting to Chapter VII of the UN Charter.

Thus in case the parties continue failing to comply with that Resolution It is probable that the Security Council adopts another Resolution with imposing further and tougher obligations on both parties to the conflict with regards to the paragraph 10 of the Resolution which envisaged the SC: (Decides to remain seized of the matter).

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
January 10, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Mahdad in Iran -- Mahdad, Welcome to the blog! If any personality could go to Gaza and make a difference, I would suggest that Aminidijad go have a chat with Hamas and tell them they are "cut off" from any and all Iranian support, military and otherwise.

I don't know how you feel about the Iranian government recruiting suicide bombers via adds published in state run daily newspapers, or the 70,000 some odd wannabe martyrs who have recently petitioned to beome the tools for the destruction of peace at the hands of the idiots that run your country, but you seem like a reasonable and rational individual, so I just had to ask what you think about the role Iran has played in this conflict over the years, if you would be so inclined to offer your thoughts.

If there is one thing about people that's a given, it's that they can only change themselves. You can try to understand them, change their circumstances, try to point the roads to peace, but in the end, they must want it for themselves, knowing what the alternatives are.

We shall indeed see who is "a man of peace", and who is not. Who will break from the past, and who remain stuck there, who will seek peaceful resolution, and who will seek revenge. Who will choose nonviolence, and who will seek non-existence, and who would choose life, rather than propagate the alternative.

Mahdad
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Iran
January 12, 2009

Mahdad in Iran writes:

@ Eric in New Mexico-- Thanks alot for your courtesy in addressing me as a reasonable and rational individual. Thats your kindness.

In response to your question about the role Iran has played in the Arab-Israeli conflict over the years, I should tell you that I have always been thinking about the role played by the Iranian regime and I do believe that It played a destructive Role in the peace process. Although it pretends that It supports the peace process in the Arab-Israeli conflict But Actually It doesn't support any peace Process that leads to two state solution living side by side in peace and security as envisaged in the Road Map.

The reason is that it's about 30 years that the Iranian State-run TV shows negative scenes and advertise against any mediation efforts made by U.S., EU and other regional and International organizations towards a permanent and durable peace.

The cause for this approach by the Iranian regime in the Arab-Israeli conflict is obvious: If the Iranian Regime change it's destructive role and plays a positive role in the peace process and the two state solution turn into being , then there won't be any strong pretext for Iran to apply daily negative propaganda against the western states specially the U.S.

Brad B.
January 12, 2009

Brad writes:

Israel's pullout from Gaza provided a test for all parties involved.

The Gazans failed by firing rockets the day after.
Israel failed by not responding properly for 3 years.
The "powers that try to be," EU, UN etc congratulated Israel at first but as usual, when there was no peace, blamed it. They failed the most.
The U.S. has run hot and cold but has now decided to fail by abstaining from this resolution instead of vetoing it.

There was simply no good reason for those rockets other than as a part of Hamas' and the other terror groups desire for Israel's destruction. Allowing Hamas -- essentially the closest organization to the Nazis in existence -- to run for elections was a serious error in the first place. (I suspect the State Dept. was responsible for caving in to EU demands.)

Israel should be encouraged to finish Hamas as best they can without impediment, to correct the mistakes of others. Then maybe peace can start.

Jordan
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South Dakota, USA
January 13, 2009

Jordan in South Dakota writes:

I think that any resolution that falls short of the point of trying to change the minds and ideological beliefs of the people in the region is a waste of time.

Dr./Congressman Ron Paul brings up very valid points before Congress, concerning the idea that is was the United States' C.I.A. that funded the madrasa schools in Afghanistan and in other parts of the world. It was the United States and Israel that encouraged the formation of Hamas to counter Yassar Arafats actions in the area. This is a war on ideas. This is a war over the minds and beliefs of the people.

Just like we radicalized the Muslim world through the use of schools and other social institutions, so too can we reverse these extremely negative effects. However, it may be that Dr. Paul is correct in the assumption that we should leave these areas of the world alone as they do not concern us directly.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
January 13, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Mahdad in Iran, I see you recognize the gaping hole in the carpet of rhetoric the leadership of your country is sitting upon.

After almost 30 years, what has political Islam given you? Khomeni's "Utopia"?

A hemoraging stock market, the flight of capital and the "brain drain" of intellectuals and the highly educated, the continued repression of centers of higher learning, teachers, students, and anyone else that is in any way seen as non-conformist to the mindset in power.

All the promise of the future traded for a plastic key to paradise, given to the children ( not even adults) of Iran that the leaders of your nation used to penetrate minefields in the Iran/Iraq war.

Not to mention attempting to be "more Palestinian than the Palestinians" in using that tragic conflict as an excuse to distract from the regim's own failures at home and in international relations.

The incitement , inducement, rational, however you wish to characterize Amadinajad's advocacy of Martyrdom in the context of this video... is in and of itself, evidence of, and grounds for inditement on charges of intent to commit mass murder, in an international court of law.

http://www.iranfocus.com/uploads/video.jpg

My answer to Ahmadinejad's wrong thinking-ness is that raising a family, growing old and watching your kids thrive and prosper in peace, and knowing the joy of this over time, having contributed to its manifestation , having created one's reality , a new generation, ....is the ultimate artistic endeavor.

You and the Iranian people have my complete sympathy and support for the choice that you must now make in favor of freedom....as individuals, to preserve your families, nation and the umma itself from those who lead a great nation and people over oblivion's cliff.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
January 14, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Sorry 'bout the broken video link in my last post folks, It was this following quote in that video that I was referencing in my remarks:

"Is there art that is more beautiful, more divine, and more eternal than the art of martyrdom? A nation with martyrdom knows no captivity."

-- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

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For those who might not believe Iran is recruiting martyrs via publications, seeing is believing. So here's proof, complete with source.

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Iran weekly advertises "application form" for suicide operations
Friday, 22 July 2005
Iran Focus

Tehran, Iran, Jul. 23 -- The following is the translation of the text of an advertisement that appears regularly in the hard-line weekly Parto Sokhan as part of a recruitment drive for suicide operation volunteers.

English translation below:

http://www.iranfocus.com/uploads/img42e1a969d15ec.jpg

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In the Name of God, the Most High

"Martyrdom-seeking operations embody the pinnacle of a nation's greatness and the apex of its epics"

His Eminence the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Statement for Recruitment of Martyrdom-seeking Forces

In order to achieve all-round readiness against the enemies of Islam and the sacred Islamic Republic and to protect the foundations of Islam, the Lovers of Martyrdom Garrison plans to organise "a martyrdom-seeking division" for each province in the country from the martyrdom-seeking and brave popular forces of that province and give them specific and specialised training. We therefore request all our pious brothers and sisters, who are committed and determined to defend Islam, if willing, to submit two photographs of themselves, a copy of their identity cards, and the filled-in application form below to the following address, so that preparations for their organisation and training could begin:

P.O. BOX 16535-664, Tehran

It should be noted that for the forces of the martyrdom-seeking division from each province, the training and preparations for martyrdom-seeking operations will be implemented in that province.

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Membership request application

I, ?????, son/daughter of ???? ID number???? Date of Birth ????
Address: ????????????????? Telephone: ????????
Request membership in the Martyrdom-seeking Division in the province of ????..

Signature: ?????

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I'm curious about something here, and perhaps the Dipnote staff will be so kind as to pass my post on up and find out for me just how many UN resolutions this public call for martyrs violates, including the prevention of genocide protocols and a nation's responsibility to protect populations.

Would Dipnote consider devoting a topic thread to the issue?

Could we invite Steve Hadley -- (national security advisor) and a few folks at the Iran desk to opine?

I'd love to know what folks think about this on an official level.

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