Editor's Note: The Freeman Center back in September of 1993 warned the Jewish community that Oslo was the 'thin edge of the wedge' that would lead to a diminished and insecure Israel. Indeed Oslo has been a "PANDORA'S BOX" which has and continues to release forces that will devastate Israel and her people. Since 1993 we have published over 30,000 pages of commentary and analysis explaining step by step the damage being done to Israeli sovereignty and security. Many in leadership positions in Israel and America have failed to heed our words. Below is an important WAKE UP CALL for those who have doubted us.....Bernard J. Shapiro
ISRAEL FAILS TO BLOCK UN VOTE
ON PARTITION AND RIGHT OF RETURN
By David Makovsky, Ha'aretz April 28. 1999
The UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva passed a resolution yesterday, with European support, calling for Palestinian self-determination on the basis of the UN partition resolution of 1947 (181) and the resolution calling for the right of return for Palestinian refugees (194), without any explicit mention of the peace process or its foundation in UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338.
Israel's lobbying efforts to modify the resolution failed, and the U.S. was the only country among the 53 in attendance which opposed the measure. Israel is not a member. The Foreign Ministry issued a statement last night blasting the resolution, and expressed particular disappointment at European support, saying such a move "distances Europe from involvement it could have in the peace process."
"In the past, 181 and 194 have been referred to in UN resolutions, but there has generally been reference to 242, 338, the Oslo agreements, or a general commitment to the peace process. This time it is 181 and 194 alone. We see this as part of an orchestrated campaign by the Palestinians to press 181," said Dore Gold, Israel's ambassador to the UN.
In comments reported in the el-Yam daily last week, Palestinian Authority (PA) Planning Minister Nabil Sha'ath said, "In his tour through most of the world's countries, the president spoke of the right to a Palestinian state, a right that is based on Resolution 181 of 1947 and not on the resolution of the Madrid Conference and the Oslo Accords."
Israeli officials say they are alarmed by the focus on 181, which they see as an attempt to shrink Israel to an area even smaller than its 1967 borders. Yet US officials say that from their conversations with the Palestinians, PA officials cite Resolution 181 as a basis for statehood, but in no way do they view partition as the blueprint. In the White House statement issued two days ago, the U.S. position is unmistakable: Resolutions 242 and 338, passed in 1967 and 1973 respectively, which call for trading land for peace and negotiating recognized borders, are the basis for the peace process.