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Editor's Report from Israel: The Real Effects of the The US's failure to Veto the UN Security Council Resolution on Israeli Settlements

By Rhonda Spivak, Dec 29, 2016


Israel’s Hebrew Daily Yediyot Achronot recently ran a cartoon showing President Obama throwing a large rock through a window (reminiscent of a Palestinian stone thrower during the intifada years), that hits a jam buster and splatters jam all over Benjamin Netanyahu’s face just as he and his wife go to recite the Chanukah blessing. Netanyahu has a jam all over his face (the Chanukah equivalent of “egg all over his face) following the passage of the UN resolution condemning all Israeli settlements over the 1967 green line that Obama failed to veto. There is no doubt that Obama ruined Netanyahu’s Chanukah and then some.


The resolution defines all land captured from Jordan in 1967 including the Jewish quarter of the Old City , Western Wall and Temple Mount as “occupied Palestinian land”. The Hebrew University campus on Mount Scopus or Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus become isolated enclaves, that could not be accessed without going through “Palestinian’ land. The resolution would take Israel back to what Abba Eban Israel’s Foreign Minister in 1967 said were “Auschwitz lines.”


 The question all of the Israeli media has been trying to explore is what are the real ramifications of this UN resolution 2334. Here are a list of some other potentially very serious ramifications of the resolution.


1. THE DISTINCTION CLAUSE- Clause No. 5 of the resolution calls upon the nations of the world “to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967.” This article calls on the international community not to aid settlements and enables countries and organizations to boycott the settlements either directly or indirectly, making the costs of the settlement enterprise and the status qou increasingly untenable for the Israeli public. Potentially this could encourage the European Union to make its policy of labeling settlement products into law. If various countries acted put teeth into the resolution, it could mean that European banks, for example, would not provide financing to Israeli banks with branches or dealings in the settlements, or it could mean removing the tax-exempt status for charities funding activities in the settlements. These banks as well as gas stations, high-tech companies, and other businesses could well decide to close their branches beyond the Green Line to avoid being included in the "blacklist" of companies carrying on business in the settlements. Countries around the world could also decide to not accept academic qualifications from Israeli institutions such as, for example, Ariel University in the West Bank, which would greatly erode their stature. The current resolution is not binding on any country, and is not retroactive but it does put wind in the sails of any country , financial institution and business desiring to take measures to boycott any Israeli institution that has transactions in the settlement. It could lead to mechanisms to monitor and report Israeli actions, which in turn could lead to serious sanctions being imposed , as was done to the South African apartheid regime. At the very least the resolution could encourage countries around the world to follow the path of European Union and label settlement products, even if they don’t go so far as to boycott them.

(To read more about the meaning of Differentiation and the BDS movement, go to



2. GOVERNMENT MINISTRIES AND DEPARTMENTS LOCATED OUTSIDE THE 67 LINES: ?Note that the Israeli Ministry of justice and Police Headquarters are located in East Jerusalem (which is not an accident as after the 1967 Six Day War, Israel wanted to show it controlled East Jerusalem). Since according to the Resolution, East Jerusalem also falls into the category of territories that need to be “differentiated”, this could encourage some countries to refuse to deal with the Israeli Justice Ministry and Police.


3. PROSECUTION AT THE HAGUE-The Palestinian strategy is to use the resolution to open the door for lawsuits against Israeli officials at the International Criminal Court (ICC)of the Hague under the Fourth Generva Convention that prohibits an occupier to transfer parts of its own civilian population into occupied territory and views such an act as a war crime.


Israel fears that government ministers and senior IDF officers who make decisions pertaining to settlement construction , expropriation of land or Palestini

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