Jan. 2, 2017
- UN Abstention Reversed Past U.S. Policies on a Range of Core Issues – Omri Ceren
The world that Secretary of State Kerry painted in his speech last week has very little in common with the one we live in. The abstention reversed past U.S. policies on a range of core issues, perhaps nowhere more dramatically than in declaring east Jerusalem occupied Palestinian territory.
In 1994, Secretary of State Madeline Albright told the UN: “We are today voting against a resolution in the Commission on the Status of Women precisely because it implies that Jerusalem is ‘occupied Palestinian territory.’…We simply do not support the description of the territories occupied by Israel in the 1967 war as ‘occupied Palestinian territory’…we oppose the specific reference to Jerusalem in this resolution and will continue to oppose its insertion in future resolutions.” (Daily Beast)
This also from the article: “Kerry had spent an hour listing how American policies had failed for decades, then summed up by advocating functionally those same policies, which would make sense only if those policies hadn’t already failed, except their failure was the premise of the speech.
An appropriately fantastical, head-spinning end.”
(Click on the article’s title to see the whole article…Ed.)